Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series Who Is America? premiered Sunday night. In a very Cohen fashion, the actor will play a variety of wacky characters across the show's seven episodes that interview “the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation.” So far, the show has already stirred up controversy after Sarah Palin and Joe Walsh revealed that they’d both been duped by the comedian during its taping.
Before the show’s debut, Showtime released a clip of Cohen, several politicians, and other important people advocating for a fake program called Kinderguardian—a gun training plan for young children around the ages of four and five. In the clip, Cohen pretends to be some sort of foreign “anti-terrorist” expert promoting the arming of kids, going one step beyond the NRA’s proposal of arming teachers.
The comedian manages to get several politicians and gun advocates on board with this horrifying proposal, by posing leading questions and having them read scripts citing the “science” behind why the program would succeed. Little did one advocate know, the script actually included the names of different musicians as evidence.
“Children under five also have elevated levels of the pheromone Blink-182, produced by the part of the liver known as the Rita Ora,” Larry Pratt, Executive Director Emeritus of Gun Owners of America, says in one clip. “This allows nerve reflexes to travel along the Cardi B neural pathway to the Wiz Khalifa 40% faster, saving time and saving lives.”
Watch the clip at the 9:40 mark in the video above.
Who Is America? airs Sunday nights on Showtime at 10 p.m. EST.