It’s been a few years since Sacha Baron Cohen emerged with a new outrageous character but, with rumors and footage from his new Showtime series starting to spread, he seems determined to change that. In one of the most pressing political moments of our time, Sacha Baron Cohen is going after the politicians in his new show Who is America?
One of the latest victims is one-term congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL). Walsh recently took to CNN complaining that Cohen had gone into the interview wanting Walsh to say something stupid. Cohen succeeded, convincing Walsh to endorse giving guns to children as young as four years old in a viral first look at Cohen’s new show. Walsh even reads statements like, “In less than a month, a first-grader can become a first grenade-er.”
Walsh took to Twitter to echo the same sentiments he voiced on CNN.
What can I say Bradley? @SachaBaronCohen got me. Do I believe kindergarteners should be armed? Hell no.
But, it's on me. Sacha fooled me good. Flew me out to DC for some made up friend of Israel award. I gotta live with it. https://t.co/r4juubOG9l
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 15, 2018
But Twitter users weren’t letting him off that easy.
He didn’t fool you. It just shows you are easily bought.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 15, 2018
Joe will say anything for an award or money!
— Paul W. E. (@PEltzholtz) July 15, 2018
“Hell no, I do not believe this thing which I spent a day advocating for in front of cameras as sincerely and enthusiastically as I possibly could.”
If this was intended to inspire confidence….
— Mother Of Canada Statue (@MotherStatue) July 15, 2018
You said “First Grenaders” lmaooo Trump didn’t win because of political correctness, you’re all just mindless zombies.
— ↁ (@D33J4Y_) July 15, 2018
You mean where he takes advantage of people’s affections for lobbyists and guns, and then showcases their stupidity to humiliate them for the views they support, all from the party of “personal responsibility”? You can’t blame @SachaBaronCohen for that, Rs & “accountability.”
— Amanda C (@Femmininja) July 15, 2018
The pranks have Twitter cheering.
Sacha Baron Cohen literally encouraging fucking idiots to look like fucking idiots in front of a camera without them realising #WhoIsAmerica
— Nat Davies (@NattyDizzle94) July 16, 2018
I keep hoping that maybe, just maybe, we will all find out soon that the Helsinki summit was actually just a Sacha Baron Cohen episode.
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) July 17, 2018
Sacha Baron Cohen's #WhoIsAmerica – hilarious but scary at the same time, especially the US politicians supporting guns for 4-year-olds.
— david white (@davidwhite020) July 16, 2018
— Taqato (@TaqatoUAE) July 17, 2018
Who is America? debuted on Sunday but don’t worry. There are plenty more episodes—and shenanigans—to come.