Sacha Baron Cohen is perhaps the world’s best known in-character satirist of this era.
Whether it’s as Borat, Bruno, or any one of his any other alter egos, Cohen's comedy works to trick people he’s interviewing into saying and performing shocking, racist, sexist, xenophobic things, (or, in other words, what they’re really thinking).
While the comic has interviewed countless people from all political spectrums, his forte is duping conservatives into performing their most unthinkable right-wing tendencies.
Cohen himself has been accused of racism, homophobia and sexism, to name a few, in his work. And the debate rages on about just how productive his particular brand of satire is. Yet his long history of trolling right-wing people is interesting to reflect on.
Here's some of the most memorable moments...
He got gun rights activists to say they would arm young children
In Cohen's 2018 satire show Who is America?, his Israeli "anti-terror expert" character introduced Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, and several other conservative political figures to a fake program called "Kinderguardians" that would arm children as young as three.
It included an "instructional video" featuring "gunimals" – weapons with soft toys – that would help kids confront the school shootings that are rampant in the US.
“In America, there’s this big problem of shootings in schools,” Baron Cohen said.
“The NRA want to arm the teachers. This is crazy! You should be arming the children.”
Multiple republican politicians bought into Baron Cohen’s idea. Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh said in the ‘instructional video’ that ‘Kinderguardians, “introduces specially selected children, from 12 to four years old, to pistols, rifles, semi-automatics, and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars.”
Jason Spencer to took his trousers off to ward of terrorists
In another segment of Who is America?, Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer is trolled by Cohen's fictional anti-terror expert character, Col. Erran Morad.
‘Morad’ somehow convinces the state representative that the only way to ward off terrorists is by shouting racist slurs, and taking off his trousers —and Spencer gladly does it all. (Specser later resigned from his post).
Georgia State Rep. Jason Spencer did a racist Asian impression, screamed the N-word and ran around with his bare as… https://t.co/pPYVrnehDu
While Cohen’s interaction with Palin was never actually revealed, the former vice presidential nominee referred to him as "evil" and "sick" in a long Facebook post.
Joe Arpaio falls for 'OMGWhizzBoyOMG'
In August of 2018, Baron Cohen targeted former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio as eccentric Finnish YouTuber OMGWhizzBoyOMG and got the Republican Senate candidate to debate the benefit of guns with a toy doughnut called “D’Lish Donut”.
The most bizarre moment, however, came towards the end of the interview when Cohen's character asked Arpaio if he'd accept oral sex from the president to which he replied: "I may have to say yes."
Dick Cheney autographed a form of torture
Even Dick Cheney has been trolled by Baron Cohen, when, in 2018, he disturbingly got him to sign a “waterboard kit”.
Sacha Baron Cohen character getting Dick Cheney to sign his “waterboard” is quite special #WhoIsAmerica https://t.co/OevYInrMD7
Daniel Roberts, founder and president of Youth Shooters of America, ended up on a very bizarre and episode of Who is America?. Cohen gets Roberts to bite on a sex toy by telling him the only way to escape a beheading was to bite the genitals of the enemy.
Roy Moore was beeped with a 'paedophile detector'
Cohen embarrassed the former Republican judge Roy Moore, who was accused of several instances of sexual assault – including one with a girl who was 14 – with no hesitation. Again under the guise of Israeli anti-terrorism, Cohen waves a beeping “paedophile detector” in Moore’s general direction
Reminder that Judge Roy Moore is still suing @SachaBaronCohen and @Showtime for $95 MILLION dollars for the damage… https://t.co/htdnxBQqs5
A crowd of conservatives sing extremely racist lyrics
Earlier this year, Cohen infiltrated a conservative rally in Washington, getting some people in the crowd to sing racist lyrics about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Dr Anthony Fauci.
The rally, titled “March for Our Rights 3,” was organised by the Washington Three Percenters, a right-wing militia organisation.
“Obama, what we gonna do? Inject him with the Wuhan flu. Hillary Clinton, what we gonna do? Lock her up like we used to do...” Baron Cohen sang.
Rudy Giuliani had a strange experience with Borat's 'daughter'
Just a few weeks ago, Cohen’s comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm showed a lengthy scene in which Rudy Giuliani – Donald Trump’s personal attorney and advisor – interacting with Borat’s daughter in a way that many have deemed extremely inappropriate.
Here’s the full Rudy Giuliani clip from Borat.
Judge for yourself...https://t.co/CQHzI23GFb
"I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate," Giuliani wrote in a tweet. "If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."
The residents of Kingman, Arizona got racist
At one point, Baron Cohen trolled an entire town for his show Who Is America?.
How? He told them they’d be “chosen” for the location of a “brand new, state of the art mosque”.
He then doubled down, saying it would be the “world’s largest mosque outside of the Middle East”.
Kingman residents did not exactly react with excitement.
“Just the word alone scares you,” one man said.
Another said Black people weren’t “welcome” in the town.
Donald Trump walked out on him
Donald Trump likes to talk about how he walked out of a Sacha Baron Cohen set up and for once, he’s not lying.
In 2003, as character ‘Ali G’, Baron Cohen tried to get Trump to invest in a wacky invention: ice cream gloves.
However, Trump was having none of it and walked out of the interview as Baron Cohen was explaining that P Diddy was also an investor.