Sacha Baron Cohen is expressing gratitude after learning that his Showtime series Who Is America earned three Emmy nominations on Tuesday.
After the show received nominations in the Outstanding Picture Editing, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Variety Sketch Series categories ahead of the 71st annual Emmy Awards, the comedian, actor and producer took to his Twitter to share his thoughts and appreciation for the people who helped make the show possible.
But among the thank you’s he had for the Emmys voters and his staff, Cohen also gave a shout-out to Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin, who, at first, unknowingly contributed to the success of the show.
In the series of tweets, Cohen addressed the “bigotry, racism and hate” that his team researched and ultimately uncovered while creating the show. He also acknowledged the former vice president and former governor of Alaska, who were at the center of two of the series’s most prolific episodes.
“I’ve play some lunatics in my time, but the look of vacuous evil in [Cheney’s] eyes as he autographed a waterboard kit, would put Daniel Day Lewis to shame,” Cohen wrote.
Thank you to the EMMYs for the nominations— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 16, 2019
for Who Is America. It was a bare-bones production - I went out into the heartland of this country armed only with a camera crew, a makeup kit and my trusted pedophile detector.
I want to thank my crack team of researchers told to uncover bigotry, racism and hate in the US. That took them about 30 seconds… they just started following the President.— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 16, 2019
While I am flattered at these nods, it is a shame that my co-stars were not recognized. Particularly Dick Cheney, who I had hoped would come across on camera as someone who’d gleefully sent hundreds of thousands to their pointless death – and boy did he deliver.— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 16, 2019
I’ve played some lunatics in my time, but the look of vacuous evil in his eyes as he autographed a waterboard kit, would put Daniel Day Lewis to shame.— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 16, 2019
There’s one more person I need to thank even though she didn’t appear in the final project, Sarah Palin. Sarah, if you are out there, and you are WAY out there, please know the last time unseen footage generated as much interest, was when Donald Trump visited a Moscow hotel room.— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 16, 2019
Fans responded to the tweets asking Cohen for a season two, before realizing that it’d likely be impossible because the politicians worth featuring already know that the so-called “Showtime historical documentary” that Cohen pitched isn’t what it appears.
Still, for the season that Cohen delivered, people have assured that the Emmy nomination is well deserved.
Well deserved— Kenneth MacTavish (@NakedSuits) July 16, 2019
You are amazing. Thank you for showing the people that these folks in politics are just as fucked up as we feared. Your work is amazing and I hope for more!— Scoobert Doobert (@TeenLaquifah) July 16, 2019
Who Is America is absolutely hilarious but at the same time absolutely terrifying. if you haven’t seen it, literally do 7 days free of showtime just to watch it. i promise you won’t regret it. i’m so happy this is nominated for an emmy!! https://t.co/4QTpRXNNT4— bryce culp (@bryce_culp) July 16, 2019
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