Sacha Baron Cohen: More criticism and mixed reviews for star's new show

Philip Van Cleave's instructional video aimed to show children how to fire guns and an RPG

Philip Van Cleave's instructional video aimed to show children how to fire guns and an RPG

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. In a very Cohen fashion, the actor will play a variety of wacky characters across the show's seven episodes that interview "the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation".

According to Variety, Who Is America?

The broadcaster behind Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV show, has said the claim that the comedian made fun of disabled war veterans is erroneous and that Sarah Palin's account of being filmed for the show is inaccurate. " the network said in the statement".

"Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that, "said Showtime's spokesperson".

The former Alaska governor says she was invited to contribute to a "Showtime historical documentary" and was interviewed by someone heavily disguised as "a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all".

According to Vanity Fair, Billy Wayne is the same character used for Palin's segment, which has not aired yet.

After "Da Ali G Show", which transferred from Britain to America, Cohen found success with hit movie characters such as bumbling Kazakh reporter Borat and gay Austrian fashionista Bruno.

But the biggest attention grabber was Israeli gun advocate Col. Errad Morad, who wants to get guns into the hands of young school children in order to protect themselves, in a movement called "Kinderguardians". Bernie Sanders and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Bernie Sanders, claimed to have served in the military.

In the first episode, aired on Sunday, Baron Cohen posed as an Israeli anti-terror expert who asked two US congressmen to support his fictional Israeli programme "Kinderguardians" to teach kindergartners how to use guns. "In both the interview with Governor Palin and the interview with Senator Sanders, he did not wear military apparel of any kind", the network concluded.

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