July 11, 2018 at 9:39 am #1202583049
On Sunday, Sacha Baron Cohen announced via Instagram that over the last year he had been secretly filming a new show titled Who is America?
The show will consist of Baron Cohen using various disguises to score fake interviews with various political figures. Much like Da Ali G Show, except Baron Cohen is playing multiple characters instead of one and the show is much more political in nature.
Among the “victims” of Baron Cohen’s latest set of prank interviews include:
- Former Vice President Dick Cheney
- Former Governor of Vermont and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean
- Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
- Ted Koppel
- Former Senator from Mississippi Trent Lott
- Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin
- Former CIA Director David Petraeus
- Senator from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
The show premieres on Sunday, July 15 at 10 PM EST on Showtime.July 11, 2018 at 10:03 am #1202583086
I will have to check this out at the very least.July 23, 2018 at 8:56 am #1202592042
Some of these people are some real idiots.July 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm #1202592406
Another Rethuglican whines about getting caught behaving stupidly:
GOP Lawmaker Apologizes, But Won’t Resign Over ‘Ugly,’ Racist Behavior In TV Show
After footage aired Sunday of Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer (R) shouting racial slurs and pulling down his pants during a fake terrorism defense class on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series, the lawmaker has apologized but refused to resign.
Spencer issued a statement on Monday, apologizing for the “ridiculously ugly episode” and defended himself by claiming he was tricked into participating in the fake class during a particularly vulnerable point in his life. He said in 2017 he and his family had received several death threats in connection with burqa ban legislation he had introduced in the state legislature. After a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in June 2017, Spencer said his fears were heightened.
“Now, the fears I already had became more intensified as the reality of my family being targeted by a similar, deranged, would-be assassin became even more possible,” he said. “Sacha Baron Cohen and his associates took advantage of my paralyzing fear that my family would be attacked. In posing as an Israeli Agent, he pretended to offer self-defense exercises. As uncomfortable as I was to participate, I agreed to, understanding that these ‘techniques’ were meant to help me and others fend off what I believed was an inevitable attack.”
In the segment, Spencer agrees to pose as a Chinese tourist, in which he blatantly mocks a Chinese person while repeating a host of offensive stereotypes like “sushi” and “red dragon.” He then repeatedly shouts the n-word after he’s instructed that it will make it easier to draw attention to yourself if you’re being attacked. He also pulled down his pants and exposed his bare butt to ward off terrorists.
Multiple lawmakers have called on Spencer, who lost his primary election last month, to resign, but in his statement, he said he would serve out the remaining five months of his term.
In his new series “Who Is America?” Cohen is reportedly able to trick Republican lawmakers into a slew of embarrassing scenarios. Last week, several Republicans agreed to support a program that taught kindergarteners how to use firearms.
Spencer’s full statement: “In 2017 I received countless death threats in connection with my introduction of legislation involving the wearing of masks. The threats escalated to the point that my wife received threatening phone calls concerning her and my children. I was very afraid for my safety and the safety of my entire family.
“Then, on June 14th, a gunman opened fire at members of Congress on a baseball field. I knew people on that field. Now, the fears I already had became more intensified as the reality of my family being targeted by a similar, deranged, would-be assassin became even more possible. I was in such a poor state of mind that my wife and I also undertook marriage counseling with a licensed therapist during this time.
“Sacha Baron Cohen and his associates took advantage of my paralyzing fear that my family would be attacked. In posing as an Israeli Agent, he pretended to offer self-defense exercises. As uncomfortable as I was to participate, I agreed to, understanding that these ‘techniques’ were meant to help me and others fend off what I believed was an inevitable attack.
“My fears were so heightened at that time, I was not thinking clearly nor could I appreciate what I was agreeing to when I participated in his “class”. I was told I would be filmed as a “demonstration video” to teach others the same skills in Israel. Sacha and his crew further lied to me, stating that I would be able to review and have final approval over any footage used.
“I deeply regret the language I used at his request as well as my participation in the “class’ in general. If I had not been so distracted by my fears, I never would have agreed to participate in the first place.
“I apologize to my family, friends, and the people of my district for this ridiculously ugly episode. Finally, there are calls for me to resign. I recently lost my primary election, so I will not eligible to hold office next term. Therefore, I will finish the remaining five months at my post and vacate my seat.”July 24, 2018 at 10:52 am #1202592844
This show is brilliant.July 30, 2018 at 12:58 am #1202598412
I have never dropped my jaw more watching anything. I think I can’t be shocked any more, and then I watch the following segment.August 5, 2018 at 8:44 pm #1202603276
This show NEVER ceases to amaze me.August 21, 2018 at 12:49 am #1202613487
The last four episodes have not been anything special and I recommend skipping them. We will always have the first two though and those are essential viewing. I predict that Sacha Baron Cohen gets a deserved comedy lead actor nomination—and that it blindsides the pundits. Sketch series is a given; fingers crossed for makeup, prosthetic, writing and directing. The finale is this Sunday; we shall see if Sarah Palin shows up and if he saved any meaty stuff to end this show with a bang or if the editors really did burn through all of the gold at the start.September 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm #1202625066
“Roy Moore Is Suing Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 Million After Judge’s Appearance on Who Is America?”September 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm #1202631270
The show definitely went downhill. Very disappointed we didn’t see Palin in the finale. Hopefully that footage eventually leaks.September 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm #1202631279
Finale was the best episode since the second.September 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm #1202631313
I feel like he should’ve cut down to 3 episodes, and condensed the good scenes from the last few (the food critic, the quinceanera, and the Trump supporter disguised in the women’s march segments for example) into one really strong episode. That probably would’ve been the strongest work of his career. I still think this was a great show.
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