Sacha Baron Cohen offers Dick Cheney-signed ‘waterboard kit’ in charity auction
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen offered a “waterboard kit” signed by former Vice President Dick Cheney for auction Sunday night on eBay.
Cohen, the star of Showtime’s “Who is America?” mockumentary series, put the kit which he used to dupe Cheney into signing up for auction following the episode that aired with the Cheney clip Sunday night.
The ad said the proceeds were going to be donated to the human rights organization Amnesty International, according to People.
“Here is a rare opportunity to own a WATER BOARD BOTTLE SIGNED BY the Godfather of the sport — American war hero and all-round mensch, VICE-PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY,” the auction’s description read in a post that has been removed.
It is not clear if the item sold or was pulled for different reasons.
“Unlike the cheap domestic water board kits you can buy on Amazon, this is a professional grade piece of military hardware,” the description continued. “Fully functioning, it have seen many hours active use by me, both on the frontline of the War on Terror and also in my own home, where it has proved very effective at keeping my son, Eyal, in line. Indeed, if you too live in a bungalow, water boarding is a great alternative to the ‘naughty step.’ ”
The description also noted that the bottle was made from “Military Grade High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), meaning that as well as Water Boarding, it can also be used to Dr. Pepper Board, Clorox Board or even Urine Board potential terrorists or annoying neighbors.”
According to Yahoo News, people bid as high as $3,801 for the “interrogation device.”
Amnesty International also announced the auction in a statement on Sunday, saying: “Following this evening’s airing of Showtime’s, Who Is America, host Sacha Baron Cohen will be auctioning off the ‘Water Board Kit’ seen in his interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney to benefit Amnesty International.”
“In the piece, Cohen asked former Vice President Dick Cheney about interrogation and torture. Amnesty International has long called for the use of simulated drowning and other acts of torture to be banned as interrogation techniques,” the statement concluded.
In the show’s most recent segment, Cohen, who was portraying an Israeli “anti-terror expert” in the episode, asked the former vice president to sign a “waterboard kit.”
“That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard,” Cheney says after signing the empty gallon jug. “Very valuable.”
The seven-episode series, which premiered on July 15, is written and directed by Cohen and explores “the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation,” according to a press release.
Cohen has also duped former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) into interviews as part of the show.
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