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Review: Who Is America? on Showtime
“This is not who we are, but this is who we are right now.” – Seth Myers
Sunday, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? debuted on Showtime. If you don’t like satire, you won’t like this show (just wait, they’ll re-boot Two and a Half Men). If you like satire, you’ll love this.
The show won't bridge any cultural or political divide, but then is that the job of a comedian? No.
Is Who Is America? brutal? Yes.
Is it unfair? Perhaps.
Is it funny? Yes. Very.
For people crying that Cohen bamboozled them, they need to shush. The minute you enter public life, you become a target. Maybe that’s not fair but it’s the environment we live in. Suck it up.
I won’t pretend to know how the show was pitched to participants, but I think that if you haven't heard of a media figure or news outlet, maybe you shouldn’t provide an interview. If these cry-baby’s want to blame someone, don’t blame a comedian for doing their job, blame the gatekeeper who wasn’t doing theirs.
Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. – A MAGA man who interviews Bernie Sanders on a mobile scooter (which he uses to “conserve his bodies finite energy”). Ruddick despises Obamacare because he was “forced to see a doctor”. He then attempts to explain his plan to erase economic disparity by putting the 99% into the 1%. Watching Sanders listen to Ruddick’s insane math “science” is priceless.
Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello – The absolute worst example of a progressive (but I’m sure he exists). He bicycles around the country in an NPR shirt “… listening respectfully without prejudice to Republicans with the hope of changing their racist and childish views.” The Republican couple he has dinner with were very sweet and did what seems impossible, they listened to a different point of view, however ludicrous. I liked the couple more than the character … and I’m a progressive.
Rick Sherman – a British artist and ex-con who spent 21 years in prison for making “one mistake, 14 times.” This segment highlights the preposterous side of fine art. Sherman takes his “art” to a Laguna Beach gallery, where he meets Christy. When Sherman excuses himself to ostensibly create more “art” Christy looks at the camera and declares “Who knew the world was capable of such oxymoronic, paradoxical juxtapositions?” Right.
Col. Erran Morad – An Israeli anti-terror expert (think Freddy Mercury on steroids) who believes America “… should be arming the children.” With the help of gun advocate Phillip Van Cleave, they create an instructional video for three-year children called “Kindergaurdians”. Then Morad takes the video to Congress. If you think Congressman would be against arming three-year-old children … you'd be wrong. After watching this segment, whatever faith you had in American politics will be decimated. While amusing, this segment is genuinely infuriating.
Who is America? is satire. Accordingly, it holds a mirror up to society and this is who we are right now.
I hope Who Is America? won't end the way the classic satirical film Network ended. But today, anything's possible.
LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Showtime says comedian Sacha Baron Cohen did not claim to be a disabled veteran to secure any interview...