Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime comedy series “Who is America?” uses satire in action to expose politicians and political pundits by showcasing their bias for our amusement. In this particular case, it was Republican lawmakers imposing self-harm by blindly endorsing the idea that toddlers should be armed and trained to take down gunmen. They are shown in the trailer not only agreeing to this idea but offering to help the disguised Sacha Baron Cohen to meet with prominent members of Congress. Even offering sound clips to endorse the satirical gun program.
In the trailer, Cohen parodied himself as Col. Erran Morad, an Israeli commando offering Republican lawmakers their fantasy; preventing school shootings by arming toddlers and children. Phillip Van Cleave, gun rights activist and President of Virginia Citizens Defence League, sits down with Cohen for an interview and advocates for the idea of arming children from the ages of 16 down to 3. After the meeting, Cohen bluntly asks would you like to make a video for three-year-olds. Without hesitation, Phillip agrees in what could be mistaken as an SNL skit, except not.
The trailer then cuts to Cohen and Phillip on screen in front of a partially animated background offering instructions for children on operating “gunimals,” actual guns dressed up as cute animals. It was a hilarious moment when the pundits own bias was so strong that they were unable to see the irony and ridiculousness of the video. He even convinced Phillip Van Cleave to sing a nursery rhyme about optimal kill spots on a gunman.
“Aim at the head, shoulders, not the toes, not the toes”
Van Cleave sings while Cohen hilariously yells fire after the end of each line.
Cohen parodied as the Israeli commander lobbyist heads to Washington to meet with leading conservative members in Congress, including Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), along with Republican former Senate majority leader Trent Lott and former Congressional Representative now turned radio host Joe Walsh. Cohen was able to get all of the above mentioned House members and former House members to say some over the top comments about kids and guns.
“Maybe having many young people trained and understand how to defend themselves and their school might actually make us safer here,”
– Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif)
“A three-year-old cannot defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it. Our Founding Fathers did not put an age limit on the Second Amendment.”
– Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)
“The intensive three-week Kinderguardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semiautomatics and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars,”
– Former Congressman Joe Walsh
Walsh then says with a straight face, “In less than a month — less than a month — a first-grader can become a first grenade-er.”
“Happy shooting, kids,” he replies. It’s the ending line of the trailer.
It wasn’t until 3 a.m. the following day that he realized he had been “fooled.” Sunday, on Twitter, he tweeted that, “no, I don’t believe we should train & arm kindergarteners.”
Walsh isn’t the only person angry with Cohen for the new show. The list includes former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former Vice President Dick Cheney. In an age of peak political corruption and Onion articles hitting too close to reality, Sacha may be a refreshing new way to deal with historical levels of crime and corruption in our system of government. Check out his show on Showtime to see who else he pranks.