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Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? characters are a detriment to his comedy
Source: The Ringer
"His characters are purely functional," says Justin Charity of Cohen's new batch of characters for his Showtime series. "They’re not breakout personae, such as the earlier Cohen characters, Ali G, Borat, and Brüno. In Who Is America?, Cohen doesn’t endear his new characters to the viewer through catchy sound bites and hyperdistinct characteristics. Here, Cohen’s characters are dispensable. They’re fodder, constructed primarily to guarantee the subject’s unwitting participation in his segments. If anything, Cohen’s cover stories confound Who Is America? by obscuring the logic of its segments and the significance of its guests. It’s a show that often humiliates its subjects for unclear reasons and toward arbitrary ends." He adds: "It wouldn’t be a Sacha Baron Cohen project if it didn’t bewilder its guests and its viewers alike; but most Who Is America? segments aren’t bewildering in the exhilarating sense so much as they’re out of focus. The show hangs in an awkward half-phase between comedy and insight, the two modes only sporadically fusing to form the ideal byproduct: satire." ALSO: Who Is America? is unfunny because it's true.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 9:27AM EDT
Who Is America? Georgia lawmaker is being urged to resign after using N-word and baring his buttocks
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer was trending after he used racial slurs and dropped his pants on Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime series. “Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately. Georgia is better than this," said Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, adding that the video was "reprehensible." Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal also expressed shock at Spencer's “appalling and offensive" behavior. “There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever,” said Deal, “and I am saddened and disgusted by it.” Spencer was defeated in the Republican primary in May, so he's on his way out of office. But his colleagues would like him gone immediately following last night's episode. Spencer, for his part, apologized but refused to step down. “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,” reads his statement in part. Sacha Baron Cohen and his associates took advantage of my paralyzing fear that my family would be attacked."
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- A January 3 newspaper article on the Arizona mosque focus group found some participants who suspected they were being set up
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- Nathan For You's Nathan Fielder's consulting producer credit was expanded in Episode 2 to writer and director
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
Sarah Palin: Sacha Baron Cohen duped me for Who Is America? by posing as a wounded veteran
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?" Palin wrote on Facebook, revealing that she was one of the unwitting participants on Showtime's Who Is America?, along with former Vice President Dick Cheney. "I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick 'humor' of the British 'comedian' Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime." She explained that Cohen "had heavily disguised himself as a disabled U.S. Veteran, fake wheelchair and all," adding: "Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long 'interview' full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm — but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin. The disrespect of our U.S. military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse."
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Showtime confirms Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? will premiere on Sunday, July 15
"I hope you'll tune in next week for an interview with me," former Vice President Dick Cheney says in a promo accompanying Showtime's announcement of the mysterious series it had been touting as "dangerous." Who Is America? will “explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation," said Showtime in its formal announcement. “Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness,” added Showtime president David Nevins in a statement. “He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics. Nobody knows how to cause a stir like Sacha Baron Cohen, and it’s going to be fascinating to watch what happens when Who Is America? is released on the world.”
Posted Sunday 7/08/18 at 6:39PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen tricks Dick Cheney on Showtime's Who Is America?, premiering next Sunday
The mysterious project that Showtime has teased over the past two weeks as "perhaps the most dangerous show in the history of television," has been revealed to be Cohen's new series, Who Is America? "Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year" asks a video tweeted by the comic actor this afternoon, showing footage of former Vice President Cheney signing a "waterboard kit" at the request of an undercover Cohen. It appears Cohen will take a Da Ali G Show-like approach to fooling his interview subjects. Vulture editors spotted a series of posters for the series in Brooklyn, which include the statement: "You've been warned." Who is America? is set to premiere Sunday July 15.