Sacha Baron Cohen dupes USA gun advocates into endorsing weapons for toddlers

Ruben Ruiz
July 18, 2018

Former Alabama judge Roy Moore is the latest conservative to admit they were fooled by a Sacha Baron Cohen spoof for his forthcoming series, Who Is America? The 10-minute clip shows Cohen in heavy prosthetics playing a new character, Erran Morad, an ex-Mossad Israeli who has come to America to conduct interviews on the issue of gun control.

In "Who is America?", Baron Cohen also takes aim at the media and political correctness, with the comedian posing as a pony-tailed liberal radio reporter on a post-2016 election cycling tour, and a man in a disability scooter who purports to investigate fake news.

Later on, the character goes on to speak to a gun lobbyist about giving arms to children to protect themselves.

"We should think about putting guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens - good guys - whether they be teachers, talented children or highly trained preschoolers", former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott says, entirely straight-faced. Despite one congressman noting that politicians typically don't hear about a program and then voice their support for it publicly, several do on camera.

Walsh turns up during that sequence, which also includes former MS senator Trent Lott and GOP congressmen Matt Gaetz, Dana Rohrabacher and Joe Wilson.

That he gets gun-rights activists Philip Van Cleave and Larry Pratt to speak out in support of the initiative - and even film a training video for children, with characters such as Puppy Pistol and Gunny Rabbit - is the episode's funniest bit, if sadly not surprising.

"Toddlers are pure, uncorrupted by fake news or homosexuality, they don't worry about shooting a mentally deranged gunman". The science behind this program is proven.

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Baron Cohen is famous for his controversial undercover interviews.

"In less than a month, a first grader can become a first grenader", Walsh says.

Pratt and Walsh echo Lott's refrain, and the video closes with Walsh saying "happy shooting, kids".

"I'll probably laugh at myself" when the episode airs, Walsh told CNN, adding that he is a fan of Baron Cohen.

The piece de resistance, though, comes during the closing third, as Cohen masquerades as an Israeli gun enthusiast, convincing gun-rights advocates and Republican politicians to endorse his proposal to train toddlers in the use of firearms.

Baron Cohen's stunts have landed him in court before, and Moore is threatening to file a lawsuit depending on how Who Is America? portrays him.

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