Sacha Baron Cohen, the prankster behind the 2006 comedy film "Borat," has been getting a lot of media attention lately thanks to the big-names who are mad at him about his new Showtime series, "Who is America?" (premieres tonight at 10 p.m.)
Everyone from former Vice President Dick Cheney to former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin to disgraced GOP senate candidate Roy Moore have been venting their anger about being tricked into appearing on what they thought was a legitimate political documentary.
In the first episode, Cohen interviews Virginia's most extreme gun lobbyist, Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which has been fighting for more lenient gun laws in the commonwealth since 1994. Style interviewed him back in 2013 after the Newtown shootings.
Posing as Israeli "anti-terror" expert, Col. Erran Moran, Cohen looks for a solution to the school shooting problem and, as the Washington Post notes, gets Van Cleave to create a partially animated children’s video, "replete with gunimals (guns that look like stuffed animals) and even a nursery rhyme about the best part of the body to strike (“Aim at the head, shoulders, not the toes, not the toes,” Van Cleave sings, punctuated by Cohen-as-Morad rhythmically yelling “fire!”).
Yep, that's right. Using a pistol disguised as a puppet, Van Cleave teaches children under four how "to stop these naughty men and have them take a long nap." First he shows toddlers how to load the weapon and "point Puppy Pistol's mouth right at the middle of the bad man. If he has a big fat tummy, point at that." Unbelievable.
If that sounds too insane or disgusting to be true, just watch the video below.
Cohen must love coming to Virginia. He found another highlight moment here in "Borat" when he filmed a rodeo at the civic center in Salem, Virginia. Appearing as Borat Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan, Cohen butchered the national anthem and nearly caused a riot (but only after a chilling scene when the rodeo producer says he'd love to see gays hanged here and was "working on it.") The film grossed over $261 million on an $18 million dollar budget.
Just remember, Van Cleave is the head of a group that the Roanoke Times called "the commonwealth's dominant gun lobby" in 2013, and they've actually been successful at preventing meaningful gun-control in the state.
Listening to some of these well-known politicians support the idea of toddlers with guns, or first-graders with grenades and a "rudimentary knowledge of mortars," you should come to the conclusion that we are currently doomed.