There is so little real racism in the United States that progressive liars feel a need to manufacture it. Most of them devote a sizable portion of their careers to creating straw man arguments that they then use to attack conservatives and libertarians. Their arguments are always specious; their “evidence” is subjective or wholly fabricated. But these lying clowns have one thing in common: they never let the truth get in the way of their manufactured narrative.
One such lying clown is Sacha Baron Cohen. The fellow who got famous playing characters like Borat and Ali G is basically a one-trick pony: He pretends to say outrageous things, then points and laughs at the people who do not immediately disagree with these outrageous statements. “See?” he then asks, in between pantomimed histrionics. “These people didn’t immediately tell me to go to hell, and in some cases they played (or sang) along, which means they’re all very, very bad people who think bad things.”
Now, let’s pause for a moment to remember that Cohen is a progressive who demands that ideas he does not agree with be censored. You can tell a lot about a person by how vehemently they demand never to be exposed to any opinion they don’t like — by how vitriolic they are in denouncing the fundamental freedoms protected by our First Amendment.
Cohen’s attacks on the United States and its liberties are that much more offensive because he is from the United Kingdom, a police state that long ago started using Orwell’s 1984 as a manual of operations. Honestly, when a foreigner comes to the United States, gets wealthy (at least in part) through participation in our entertainment industry, and then uses said entertainment as an excuse to defame Americans and demand infringements on their civil rights, I have no use for him. But Cohen’s attacks on Americans are insulting because he is so willing to lie and misrepresent himself — and others.
You may recall that previously, Cohen’s Who is America — a Showtime series — engaged in a series of hoaxes to trick politicians into interviews on false pretenses. When those interviewed did not realize right away how Cohen was trying to defame them, he of course used that against them. Oh, you didn’t immediately catch on to the fact that my question was inherently racist? You must be a racist yourself.
That’s the gag. It’s the only gag Cohen has when he ventures into politics. It is his one joke, the well to which he constantly returns. And it is as tiresome as it is offensive.
Recently Cohen allegedly “pranked” a “militia” group by pretending to be a singer, bluffing his way on stage (with the protection of event security), and singing racist calls to violence. It doesn’t matter that the crowd eventually caught on and he was thrown off stage; why, if they didn’t immediately realize what was happening, they must be a bunch of racists and domestic terrorists. In this way, Cohen preys on the human tendency to be slow to “switch gears.”
Take, for example, something that has probably happened to you before. You are out for a meal, perhaps a dinner date, at a nice restaurant. (These things used to happen when we were allowed to go places and do things.) Your mind is primed for leisure, for fun; you are enjoying the company of your companion and you are as far removed from conflict and confrontation as it is possible to be. Your waiter comes and says something offhand, then leaves. Only a little while later do you realize your date is upset.
It turns out that the waiter said something your date interpreted as offensive. Because you did not realize it immediately — and now you do, mulling it over in your mind — that must mean you agreed with it, right? I’m willing to bet more than a few men reading this have then had to stand up, after the fact, for an offended date, and an awkward confrontation ensued. I know it’s happened to me before; that’s just life.
This is why we make jokes about “stairwell wit.” Only after a confrontation, after you’ve had time to process, do you think, “But what I should have said was this.” Social momentum is difficult to override. A crowd expecting one thing, who instead get an incongruous other thing, will be a little slow to catch on — and will even play along until it dawns on them what is happening. Once they do, they’ll take decisive action, but it’s going to take them a bit to catch up.
You see examples of this in public all the time: An old woman falls down, and people’s brains lock up as they try to figure out how to process this sudden emergency (for which they were not prepared). As soon as one person moves forward to help, other people do the same, spurred by that example. Is the fact that they did not immediately act to help proof that they didn’t care about the old woman?
Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t so fast to share with the world a clip of him entering a gun store, spewing racist garbage while saying he wants to buy a gun — and getting immediately thrown out and threatened by the gun shop staff. They realized who he was and what he was trying to do; his one-trick pony show wasn’t going to work on them because they knew who he was. Strange that a gun store whose employees were not racist xenophobes isn’t part of Cohen’s press package. You can find the video online if you look.
Sacha Baron Cohen is a progressive, which means he is a liar. You can always tell when a progressive is lying, because his mouth is moving. Mr. Cohen is a particularly egregious example of this type of lying clown because he gets so much fawning press. He is not who he presents himself to be. He frequently misrepresents himself, in fact, to further his libel and slander of any political group he dislikes.
Mr Cohen does not speak truth to power; he manufactures narratives. He does not tell jokes; he laughs while spreading falsehoods. He is not a good person; he is a lying clown.
And that, sadly, is not funny at all.