British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is known for his outrageous fictional characters (Ali G, Brüno, and Borat, to name just a few). But Cohen’s latest show, Who Is America?, might just be his most controversial yet. In the Showtime series, Cohen meets with lawmakers and activists (while in character), addressing timely and urgent issues plaguing the U.S., including gun violence, terrorism, and healthcare. Basically, think Punk’d for politicians.
The July 15th premiere episode saw Cohen’s character propose outrageous policies — like “Kinderguardians,” a (totally fake) suggestion to arm schoolchildren instead of teachers in order to help prevent school shootings. And, horrifyingly, some Republican politicians were actually in favor of it. Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott said he supports guns in the hands of “talented children or highly-trained pre-schoolers,” and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California said it might “make us safer.” Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina actually argues that “a three-year old cannot defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it,” implying that arming them may be the answer.
Who Is America? is also stirring controversy with interviewees like former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who’s outraged by Cohen “duping” her into appearing on the show. Social media is also ablaze with posts and conversations about the series.
So how can you check out Who Is America for yourself?
The series will feature seven half-hour episodes, which air Sundays at 10 p.m. local time, or through the Showtime website and app on demand. But if you’re not a Showtime subscriber, there are still plenty of ways you can watch. Amazon Prime Video members can watch the series on your computer by visiting Amazon.com, or by using the Amazon Video app on devices including your phone or tablet.
Hulu members can subscribe to Showtime and can also watch the show on your computer via Hulu.com, or on the Hulu app using your phone, tablet or other streaming device. FuboTV members can also start a seven-day free trial which includes Showtime content to stream the series on FuboTV.com via computer, or on the FuboTV app using your tablet, phone, or other streaming device.
Even though only one episode is available so far, we have a feeling that the rest of the series will be just as eye-opening as the premiere.