Wednesday, May 22, 2024

L.A. Art Dealer Duped by Sacha Baron Cohen to Donate Plucked Body Hair: “Funny the things a camera will make a person do”


EXCLUSIVE Christy Cones became an overnight celebrity last night courtesy of Sacha Baron Cohen. She was hoodwinked by the man who is sometimes Borat or Ali G. When Cohen and his camera crew hit her Coast Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, California last year, she thought he was a recently released felon who made art using bodily fluids.

In the show, “Who is America,” which aired last night on Showtime, the attractive blonde eventually gave “artist” Ricky Sherman a pubic hair plucked right in front of us, from under her dress, to include in an art project.

Did she really do it?

“Funny the things a camera will make a person do when it’s in your face,” Cones said, with a laugh. “Maybe it’s just the beginning of my relationship with him as an artist.”

If Cones is on the level– and I think she is– what comes across in her segment of “Who is America” is that she tries so hard to be accepting of Sherman. She is guileless. Maybe¬† she’s discovering a great artist–this thought flashes across her forehead. To a cynical New Yorker, she’s very sweet.

One thing we don’t know yet is if Ricky Sherman went back to the Coast gallery, or if Cones is going to turn up in more episodes.

It does seem as though Cones was genuinely duped, and that she didn’t know it was Borat/Cohen who allegedly painted a picture of her using his feces and ejaculate. She’s handling it pretty well, without looking like a rube.

She told me of Cohen: “The guy’s a genius.” She added: “It was serendipity that I was chosen” and noted “the importance of satire.”

Cones is entertaining invitations from talk shows, etc for interviews. We may be seeing her in New York before too long.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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