The season finale of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series Who Is America? aired last night, and according to Cohen, the series will not be returning. That’s just fine with me. I think 6 half-hour episodes every seven or eight years is a healthy enough dose of Cohen to last us a while. Besides, best I can tell, the only thing the show really accomplished was to get a Georgia state representative fired.
Last night’s episode, however, featured one of the most memorable of Cohen’s segments: An interview with O.J. Simpson, which was recorded with a hidden camera. In the segment, Cohen plays a character who looks like the God in Preacher and he introduces his young, attractive Italian girlfriend to O.J., who has no idea who he is until Cohen starts making stabbing motions.
It devolves from there, as Cohen endeavors to get O.J. to admit that he killed Nicole Brown-Simpson while also trying to get O.J. to help him kill his own girlfriend. It’s awkward and awful and so very wrong.
I have no idea what this accomplishes — it’s not entertainment. It’s painful to watch, and it’s not like it would matter even if Simpson did admit to killing his ex-wife. I guess, though, Cohen can tell his grandkids one day that he joked around about killing women with O.J. Simpson.
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