When Dick Cheney appeared on Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?” the former vice president signed a waterboarding kit for him, which went up for sale on eBay just before the Sunday night episode.
In previews for the episode, Cheney was seen signing the kit and said: “That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard.”
There were 63 auction bids, and the kit was going for $3,801. It was posted for sale by Cohen’s Israeli anti-terrorist character Colonel Erran Morad.
The auction was reportedly scheduled to run until 1:41 p.m. EST Tuesday, and proceeds were to benefit Amnesty International. However, the item vanished from eBay on Monday, the New York Post reported.
Before the auction could end, it was taken down and was no longer accessible.
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It’s also unclear whether Cohen or eBay took the listing down.
The New York Post reached out to representatives of eBay and Showtime for comment on the change.
It was the character Colonel Erran Morad who wrote the description of the item, which Cohen was playing when he interviewed Cheney.
The product description read:
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.
All proceeds from the sale will go to Amnesty International, if that helps you feel less conflicted about shelling out almost two grand for an empty milk carton with Dick Cheney’s signature. Then again, being conflicted is kind of what Sacha Baron Cohen is going for with the entire show, so maybe you’re feeling just right.
Unlike the cheap domestic water board kits you can buy on Amazon, this is a professional grade piece of military hardware. 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 bottle is 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.
Please bid freely, not only will you get a fully operational torture, I mean interrogation device, all proceeds from the sale will go to AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.