Sacha Baron Cohen has been all over the news this week for the stunts he’s pulled on Republicans for his new Showtime series “Who is America?” But while deceiving members of Congress into supporting a program to arm children is played up for laughs on the Left, not everyone appreciates Cohen’s trickery.
A gun store owner in Riverside, California, says that back in February 2017, Cohen impersonated a “Hungarian immigrant” who wanted to buy a gun. He asked the owner, Norris Sweidan, to participate in a documentary. When Sweidan met Cohen, disguised as what can only be described as George R.R. Martin cosplay but with skinny jeans, he knew something was up.
Sweidan provided surveillance camera footage to Fox 11 that shows Cohen getting caught red-handed.
“He comes in, off the bat you can see in the video I’m looking like, this guy does not look like a Hungarian immigrant, tight ass leather pants, a beard, it just didn’t fit,” Sweidan said. “The moment his words came out of his mouth I was like this guy is full of s***.”
When Cohen introduced himself and tried to buy a gun, Sweidan picked up on his phony accent and called him out.
“I’m looking at the producer and I’m just like am I being fooled right here?” Sweidan said. “And I just kept looking at the guy and I was like you’re Borat, as soon as I said that his eyes just looked at me like, and he did a turn right out the door.”
After Cohen bolted, abandoning his camera crew, Sweidan says he kicked the rest of them out of his store.
“Once I knew it was Borat, we already know his game and his bulls—. So, we knew he’s here to make a mockery, and of what? Gun owners? The gun business? Gun shops?”
Sweidan thinks Cohen was trying to film a prank for his show. In the first episode, Cohen dressed as an Israeli and tricked several pro-Second Amendment politicians into advocating for a “Kinderguardians” program to arm children with guns.
Sounds like Cohen is out to push an anti-gun narrative. It’s a good thing gun owners aren’t as gullible as politicians.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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