If you haven’t been watching Sasha Baron Cohen’s Who is America? on Showtime, you’ve been missing some of the most uncomfortable moments to grace the small screen since the 2009 VMAs.
Sunday’s episode featured a particularly excruciating interview with Dan Roberts, the pro-gun activist who believes in arming children.
Roberts believed he was filming a segment for Israeli television with anti-terror expert Erran Morad, who was, in fact, a character created by Cohen.
“Morad” led Roberts through some role-playing exercises to combat terrorists that included one baffling segment with a sex toy. Roberts fully embraced the challenge, biting down on Cohen’s strap-on for an incredibly long time.
In an interview with the New York Times, Roberts says he had no idea anything was amiss until the segment aired over the weekend. That says a lot about his judgment right there.
He reveals that even now looking back, the whole sex toy portion “made sense.”
“You have one chance to do something, or you’re certain you’re going to die. That’s the scenario they’ve laid out,” Roberts says. “I don’t know many people, if they were completely honest, that they would say they wouldn’t take that opportunity to maybe, hopefully, grab one thing to maybe save their lives.”
And by “grab the one thing”, Roberts means chomping his jaw down on a phallus and using it as a negotiating tactic.
“My mouth is big enough for two of these!” he managed to growl during the segment, sex toy firmly planted in cheek.
Now he says he’s “exploring what legal remedies may be available” to someone who’s made a complete fool of themselves on television.
Good luck with that one.
Who is America? airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
Again and again, after his years of stints as Ali G, Borat and Brüno, Sacha Baron Cohen, under these new guises gets mostly right-wing fanatics to say and do things that most sane people would see right through. (Cf. his Who Is America? interviews with Bernie Sanders and Ted Koppel, who both shut down the foolishness.) It’s like they are so controlled by fear, ignorance and delusion that they can’t see the obvious absurdity of what he sets up, and they consequently act out in seemingly crazy ways (like the right-wing white guy who dressed up like a fake Mexican-American teenager, wearing fake vagina panties; or the white Georgia Republican who insanely started screaming the n-word, and then bared his butt, before biting off a fake sausage pen!s; or the crazy GOP Congressmen and ex-Congressmen who did the infomercial for arming toddlers with guns; etc.). I mean, come on–if someone presented stuff like this to you, wouldn’t you usually say, Uh, is this a joke? or if I’m signing up for something like this, is this part of prank TV, etc.?
Ditto. I agree. Although the set up in the art gallery with the owner saying Fecal art was genius and shaving pubic hair on air to give a guy a sample to put in a tooth brush with pubes of supposed other artist pubes such as Bansky’s pubes did show a bit of air headedness.
Hey, if he can fit two of those in his mouth, then we all know the perfect job for him, since he’s prolly gonna lose the job he’s got now,lol.
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Wow. Just wow.
So these are the “brave patriots” who are going to fight the US government when it “turns on the people”?
Did anyone else notice that when he was checking the baby dolls for bombs, he did not immediately go for the dark-skinned one first? Three white dolls and one brown doll were used.
As far the strap-on? I just can’t imagine anyone thinking go for the crotch?
I mean what if the dude’s donkus is not hanging out of his pants while he trying to behind. Frankly, I think after this, SBC must be punking us all!
Umm. I meant behead you. Stupid autocorrect.
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