‘Who is America’ review: politics, puppy pistol and prosthetics

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'Who is America' Image courtesy of Showtime

Sascha Baron Cohen’s newest political satire ‘Who is America’ sets out to humiliate and expose America’s power elite. 

Renowned for infamous characters Borat, Bruno and Ali G, Cohen is back again to troll none other than the land of the free. ‘Who is America’ follows a similar structure to Cohen’s previous work, where he coerced prominent figures into tarnishing their own reputations by interviewing them in character and finding their proverbial weak spot to sucker-punch on national television.  

Only the first few episodes of the new series have aired on Stan, but the world is already in shock and awe of Cohen’s latest satirical venture. 

His list of victims include top gun-rights lobbyist Philip Van Cleave, republican state politician Jason Spencer, former vice-president Dick Cheney and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Despite a majority of Cohen’s victims belonging to the far right of the American political landscape, the real strength of ‘Who is America’ is in its ability to criticise political leftists in tandem to a strong right-wing take down.

It is clear from episode one that ‘Who is America’ seeks to condemn extremist American politics through the introduction of the character Dr Nira Cain-N’Degeocello, who represents the furthest side of America’s left. 

Dr Cain-N’Degeocello’s mission to ‘heal the divide’ contrasts strongly with Cohen’s other character Erran Morad, a right-wing anti-terror expert whose goal is to arm three year olds, with the help of ‘Puppy Pistol’ toys.

The impact of ‘Who is America’ has been far-reaching as a number of embarrassed politicians have made public statements in retaliation, including Joe Arpaio who was filmed reprimanding a toy donut and admitting he would receive sexual favours from President Donald Trump. 

In that segment, Cohen poses as Finnish celebrity ‘un-boxer’ OMGWhizzBoyOMG as he discusses gun control with Arpaio and looks at Shopkins

Arpaio has since responded to the interview with Cohen, telling the Washington Examiner “quite frankly, I made a bad mistake security-wise”.

Ultimately ‘Who is America’ is an explosive and devilishly clever piece of work that once again showcases Cohen’s razor-sharp wit, while also exposing intolerance in American politics. 

Go see for yourself.

‘Who is America’ now streaming on Stan, and on Sundays on Showtime. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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