‘WHO IS AMERICA?’

Cohen splits critics with TV return

Agence France-Presse . New York, United States | Published: 21:02, Jul 16,2018

 
 

Sacha Baron Cohen

‘Who is America?’ is both the title of Sacha Baron Cohen’s first foray into television satire in more than a decade and the existential question on the lips of liberals living through the Trump presidency.
Trailed by a blaze of pre-launch publicity and a furious backlash from public figures who believe they have been pranked, its splashy debut won most attention Sunday for hoodwinking Republican politicians into endorsing a made-up plan to train pre-schoolers how to fire a gun.
The series brings seven episodes to pay-to-view channel Showtime years after the British comedian was last on television with ‘Da Ali G Show’ -- his wannabe-rapper character interviewing the powerful and famous.
In ‘Who is America?’ Cohen conjures up four new characters. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., is an opponent of ‘mainstream’ media who debates healthcare with left-leaning Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
There is Nira Cain-N’degeocello, a pink-hat wearing, ultra-liberal hippy, who dines at the home of a Trump-voting couple.

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