Sacha Baron Cohen tricks Republicans into filming advert which calls for kids to have guns
If you're of a certain age, you'll remember the good old days of Sacha Baron Cohen, though you may not have realised it was him until a little while later.
Whether you're familiar with Ali G talking smack to Victoria Beckham or with Borat putting Kazakhstan on the map in the weirdest way possible, you know Sacha Baron Cohen as "that guy who conducts really weird interviews with people, getting them to say or do some pretty outrageous things".
Sadly, the incredible success of 2007's Borat appeared to be Sacha Baron Cohen's undoing. Now too famous not to recognise and his wide range of disguises now anticipated if not expected, we saw less and less of him, with Bruno, the Dictator and the Brothers Grimsby mere reminders of what Cohen was capable of back in the day, while not quite measuring up in the same way.
We wrote him off, but in the intervening years, it turns out he was only resting; biding his time before unleashing his true comic potential on the world once more. And with current affairs at a seemingly all-time low, it appears that Sacha Baron Cohen has returned just in time.
Welcome to Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen's new series. Not to be confused with other America-related pieces of art such as Donald Glover's This is America or Eddie Murphy's 1988 film Coming to America, Who is America? attempts to shine a satirical light on conservative policies out in the United States. Think the Daily Show, but with more costumes and jokes about school shootings.
Allow me to explain.
So as is Cohen's wont, he dressed up as Colonel Erran Morad. Morad is a self-proclaimed 'Terrorist Terminator', who believes that the only solution to the seemingly constant barrage of school shootings is to arm all of the children with guns. That can't possibly go wrong, can it?
So. Morad swaggers (and I mean swaggers) into the offices of several gun-friendly politicians and public figures, hoping to get them on board with arming children with guns in schools all around the United States. You'd hope it would be easier than it turns out being.
First up, it's Philip van Cleave, noted gun enthusiast and President of the Virginia Citizen's Defence League. From the get-go, it's pretty clear that van Cleave has been swept along by Morad's pro-gun enthusiasm, and it's no surprise when van Cleave is all for putting guns in schools, saying that he's been mostly focusing on eighth graders, adding that if not for their lack of understanding of right and wrong, young children would make for some "very effective soldiers".
Well, that's a little insane. But it pales in comparison to lobbyist Larry Pratt, who expressed his utmost support for gun-toting toddlers; again highlighting their lack of understanding the weight of their actions (similar to the subset of adults psychologists like to refer to as 'psychopaths') as a key factor in arming these children.
"Toddlers are pure, uncorrupted by fake news of homosexuality. They don't worry if it's politically correct to shoot a mentally deranged gunman. They'll just do it."
I mean, if that quote along wasn't enough to get you excited for this show, I don't think this is the show for you. Anyway, look out for episodes of Who Is America? on Showtime. The first episode was actually yesterday, would you believe?