Okay, this is pretty embarrassing. Even if you don’t know who Sasha Baron Cohen is, you’re almost certain to have heard of the Borat films in which he treks across America, making people look as foolish as he possibly can.
The British comedic actor created his embarrass-others-at-all-cost brand of comedy on the BBC in the Ali G. Show. In it, he portrayed an anglo wanna-be rapper who pretends to speak in a Jamaican accent and embarrass everyone he interviews. The interviewees are real- but they don’t know that Ali G is a comedic actor who only airs the interviews in which he is able to humiliate someone.
The theme of the show appears to have a social justice bent to it. Cohen tricks the people he interviews into saying things that sound ignorant or bigoted. Then the interviews are edited in ways that make the guest look as intolerant and backwards as possible.
It’s a technique that’s been used by the left over the last couple of years to pillory people like fired Google employee James D’amore and Canadian professor Jordan Peterson. That being the case, the technique has lost the charm it might have had in the heady days of the Ali G. Show.
When Cohen took his act on the road for the Borat movies, the result was a bit controversial. Some people thought the movies were hilarious. Others thought it was unfair the way he tricked people into embarrassing themselves. But the movies did have a fair degree of comedic merit if you can overlook the obvious abuse.
The Borat films were implicitly political in nature as they played on the idea that Americans are superstitious, jingoistic, and morbidly enthusiastic. But there was no overt political agenda.
Today, his act is a bit different. Why? Because it appears to be a direct response to the populist movement in America that is fed up with politicians selling the country out from under us. To be brief, it’s aim is to make Trump supporters look mean and dumb.
The program is on the Showtime network, which is most famous for showing pornography of a slightly higher production value than that which you find on Cinemax.
Not surprisingly, liberals like MSNBC host Joy Reid love it. You’ll remember that a couple of months back, Reid was outed for writing homophobic blog posts back in the middle 2000s before she was famous. Her shtick was to call conservatives gay.
This is a pretty standard way liberals show their lack of standards. They go crazy when people use the word gay as a slur, but they don’t mind when it’s directed against people whose political positions they don’t understand.
So, Cohen’s new show, “Who is America” takes a direct swipe at the side of American culture that supports the second amendment, prefers small government, and is sick of being called names by the media. A few prominent conservatives fell for Cohen’s chicanery and managed to make themselves look very bad on camera.
Dick Cheney, for example, was somehow persuaded to sign a “water board” on camera. Former presidential candidate Sarah Palin was duped into believing Cohen was a disabled war veteran. The President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Philip Van Cleave was somehow convinced to take part in a fake program designed to put guns in the hands of school children.
Presumably, Van Cleave was told that the segment was meant to be comical. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would willingly advertise guns shaped like bunny rabbits if they thought it wasn’t meant to be funny. But the most embarrassing thing about it is that fact that Cohen was wearing some pretty obvious facial prosthetics and put on a very bad Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired accent. Either Van Cleave is really really gullible, or he was lied to by Cohen.
So, the left has been celebrating the series for humiliating Republicans and it hasn’t occurred to them, apparently, that Cohen lied to them. They’re just lapping it up. In the MSNBC clip praising the series, John Fugelsang talks about how important it is to expose rubes for their ignorance and meanness.
Yeah, so that’s pretty damned rude.
The fact that Cohen goes around the country setting people up to say dumb things isn’t very impressive. What is impressive is the fact that liberals enjoy seeing people being publicly humiliated. The extent to which they enjoy it is disturbing. It should serve as a lesson as to how they would like to treat people whose arguments they don’t understand. It should also serve as a warning never to back down or cede power to these bloody-minded liars.
The show airs Sunday nights on Showtime. The first show, which aired last Sunday brought in a measly 327,000 viewers—a disappointing number for Showtime, whose other show Billions brought in 1.4 million when it launched in 2016. Baron Cohen might be a comedian, but people clearly don’t think his act is very funny.
~ Freedom News Report