The President of a gun-rights group says he knew he was being conned while appearing on Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show, ‘Who is America?’
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The seven-episode series premiered earlier this week (July 16), and sees Cohen dress up as a variety of comedic characters while interviewing the likes of Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin.
The first episode saw Cohen dressed as a former Israeli colonel named Erran Morad. He calls for a new ‘Kinder-Guardians’ initiative which states plans for three and four-year old children to be armed with guns.
The end of the clip sees GOP congressmen Joe Wilson and Dana Rohrabacher, as well as former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, endorse this Kinder-Guardians idea.
Philip Van Cleave – President of a gun-rights group Virginia Citizens Defense League – also appeared in the clip. A Facebook post on the group’s page back in February now seems to claim that Cleave knew he was being set up but went along for the ride anyway.
“Last weekend, while doing what seemed to be a regular interview, I discovered that a movie is being made with the intent to discredit gun-rights leaders across the country,” it begins.
“No, this is not a joke, it is real and we need to get the word out to other gun-rights organizations, gun-rights leaders, and prominent firearms trainers across the country and we need to do this FAST.”
In the original post, Cleave says he is unaware of who was behind the project but that ‘they are EXTREMELY WELL FUNDED PROFESSIONALS.’
“For example, to reel me in and to try to make me feel beholden to them, they laid out the red carpet, by providing luxury accommodations, limousine service, and providing a generous monetary allowance to cover meals and other expenses for two days,” it continued.
“They use psychological manipulation, as well as lies and tricks to put their victim into comedic situations that subject them to public shame, embarrassment, and ridicule. I believe the intent is to destroy reputations and even lives.” You can read the full post below.
The comedian has already caused outcry from the likes of Sarah Palin, after she claimed that he set her up while she was being interviewed for the new show.
“I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humour’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime,” she said.