Sunday’s episode of Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentary Who Is America? has garnered a lot of attention for the segments that lampooned Vice President Dick Cheney, reality star Corinne Olympios and GOP lawmaker Jason Spencer. While most social media users dismissed the Olympios segment, saying as a reality star she essentially gets paid to "make a fool of herself," politicians and casual observers alike found the Cheney and Spencer segments distressing.
Much of the controversy regarding Cheney erupted after Showtime aired the episode, when Cohen briefly put up for auction the "waterboarding kit" he tricked Cheney into signing.
"Well, that’s a first," Cheney said in the segment as he signed the jug. "That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a water bottle used for waterboarding. Very valuable."
All proceeds were set to go to Amnesty International. The bids reportedly went as high as $3,801 before being removed from eBay overnight. It's unclear who removed the listing or why.
Amnesty even issued a statement touting the sale. "Following this evening’s airing of Showtime’s, Who Is America, host Sasha Baron Cohen will be auctioning off the ‘Water Board Kit’ seen in his interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney to benefit Amnesty International."
Bachelor alum Olympios, meanwhile, claims on the show that she saved thousands of Ebola-afflicted people in Africa, and then participated in a bogus ad that would have kids armed with grenades. In she said, "When you launch a grenade, you launch a dream."
But she defended herself after, telling TMZ that she was separated from her phone and manager and told the sooner she could finish, the sooner she could leave.
Spencer, a GOP state rep in Georgia, screamed a racial slur, mocked Chinese people, stabbed a mannequin wearing hijab and pulled down his pants on the show, and now, fellow politicians are calling on him to resign.
Spencer took to Twitter and blamed his behavior on his "paralyzing fear that my family would be attacked" after the 2017 Congressional baseball practice shooting. He has refused to resign.
Spencer wrote, "I deeply regret the language I used at his request as well as my participation in the ‘class’ in general. If I had not been so distracted by my fears, I never would have agreed to participate in the first place. … Therefore, I will finish the remaining five months at my post and vacate my seat."