Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen is under fire for playing a trick on an
aristocratic family in America's Deep South, after they failed to see the
funny side of his latest race-inspired prank. The British comic, posing as
his documentary-maker alter ego Borat Sagdiyev, descended on the impressive
home of George Matthews Marshall IV, 75, who believed Cohen was making a
film about life in America's southern states. But Marshall and his daughter
Heather were horrified when Cohen started implying they were racists.
Marshall tells website PageSix.com, "Our understanding was that we were
going to have a documentary 'supper' in which they would be learning about
the South. We signed a release because we were trusting. Our ancestors have
been in this house for 152 years. In that time, we've never had anyone try
to deceive us. This turned out to be the first unpleasant episode we have
experienced since the (nine***th century) Civil War. They tried to get us
to say we approved of slavery. I was, of course, aghast." Matters spiraled
further out of control when the cheeky funnyman introduced a raunchy extra
character into the situation. Heather recalls, "Cohen attempted to shock
(us) by introducing a black woman who pretended to be a ***. She
kissed and groped him at the dining table." Marshall adds with disgust, "She
was a huge woman, grotesquely dressed." And once the furious family realized
they had been tricked, they threw Cohen and his crew out, who "stayed on the
property and banged on the door, screaming, 'I do not understand your
customs!'" Cohen's publicist Matt Labov says, "I have to give a boring old,
Look at you. You're a little older, a little sadder, a little fatter.
Seriously, you might want to give me that apple back. I mean look at your
love handles. Have you seen yourself when you wrestle? They jus pour through
your tights. It's a good thing you're covered up. Seriously. Love handles?
That's not cool."
- Carlito, 9:08pm