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December 26, 2004 at 8:31 pm #47535
OMG i saw this episode and a i found a video of the funniest thing ever online ya’ll need to check it outDecember 28, 2004 at 5:56 pm #106745
did you see the one where he came to the redwood forest and climbe dup in th tree to chat with the tree-sitters… that was in my hometown.. pretty sweet huh. excesp ali g is a jerk and pretty much ridiculed the people that are trying to save the planets natural wonders… it was funny though watching him bitch and moan at all the mud on his adidas diso shoes …. cant blame him for being a jerk though they cut all the trees down in england a long ass time ago.. over there they just have hedges and shit.December 28, 2004 at 11:43 pm #106746
I’ve never seen that oneJanuary 14, 2005 at 1:27 pm #106747
check otu this article from a local paper—>Quote:HBO comic pranks forest defenders
by HANK SIMS
Local Earth First! activists got some air time on HBO last week, but it wasn’t the type of national media interest that the environmental group generally seeks out.
Instead, they became one of the many victims of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen — a.k.a "Ali G," the hip-hop television presenter who astonishes guests on his program, "Da Ali G Show," with his near-total cluelessness. Cohen immerses himself so thoroughly in the role that his interviewees have no idea that it is an act.
Shunka Wakan, a well-known local Earth Firster, said that he was first contacted a few months ago by an Ali G representative. This person told Wakan that a late-night British television show geared toward youth wished to come to Humboldt County to film a segment on forest issues. Wakan offered to help, and Cohen came to town a few months ago.
In the final program, which first aired last Sunday night, Cohen is first seen walking up to a Freshwater tree-sit, his face twisted in disgust at the mud, which sullies his brand-new tennis shoes. He discusses politics with Wakan and offers not-so-constructive criticism of Earth First’s "crap" songs.
At one point, Cohen tells his viewers to show support for the "tree people" by "doing something that makes a difference — burn a car, whatever. Mash people up. Let them know that you’re doing it for a cause, so we can get some publicity." This led to a long debate, in which the earnest Wakan tried to explain the merits of non-violence to his befuddled interviewer.
Wakan said last week that the experience caused him some stress at the time, as he felt that Cohen was trying to get him, along with fellow forest activists "Grasshopper" and "Whisper," to advocate violence in front of the camera.
"By the time it was over, I had serious doubts about who this person was," he said. "The FBI and COINTELPRO have been known to set up Earth First! in the past."
When he realized that the show was just a "modern Candid Camera," Wakan said, he didn’t mind the experience as much. He said that it still served as an opportunity for the group to get its message out.
"If you can’t take a joke, you’re in serious trouble," Wakan said. "You’ve got to have a sense of humor."
In past episodes of the show, Cohen has interviewed luminaries such as Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich and C. Everett Koop.January 14, 2005 at 4:34 pm #106748
LONDON (Reuters) – British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen escaped a near-riot at an American rodeo while filming his satirical "Da Ali G Show."
According to a report in the Roanoke (Virginia) Times, a man who was introduced as Boraq Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan — in reality a Cohen character named Borat — appeared at the rodeo over the weekend after organizers agreed to have him sing the national anthem.
After telling the crowd he supported America’s war on terrorism, he said, "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq (news – web sites), down to the lizards … And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq." He then sang a garbled version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The Roanoke Times reported that the crowd turned "downright nasty." One observer said "If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him."
Cohen and his film crew were escorted out of the Salem Civic Center and told to leave the premises.
"Had we not gotten them out of there, there would have been a riot," rodeo producer Bobby Rowe told the paper. "They loaded up the van and they screeched out of there."
It is not the first time Cohen has wooed controversy with his show, which airs on Channel 4 in the UK and on HBO in the United States. In one episode last year, Borat sang an anti-Semitic song called "Throw the Jew Down the Well" at a U.S. country music bar, prompting protests from the U.S-based Anti-Defamation League.
Producers of the Ali G show, Talkback Thames, were unavailable for comment.
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