Sacha Baron Cohen is considered one of the more innovative – and courageous – comic minds in the film business.
Anyone who watched that infamous wrestling sequence in “Borat” can attest to that fact. But when he appeared at a faux press conference today to drum up interest in his new film, “The Dictator,” he followed the same playbook used by every other comic today.
Bash the GOP.
Cohen, in full Dictator garb, unleashed a political torrent when asked which political candidate he’d support come November:
Well, I would say Santorum, despite his liberal views, but since he is out of the running, I don’t know. In terms of policies, I would have to say the Republicans if they could only become a little less extreme. … But in terms of getting into power in America, I would have to support the Democrats. If they can enable a Kenyan to become president, then why not Wadiya? But if it was the money that I was giving, I support – and I give my full support to – Mitchell Romney. He has the makings of a great dictator. He is incredibly wealthy but pays no taxes, and it’s not much of a leap to go from firing people to firing squads and from putting pets on the top of a car to putting political dissidents on the top of them.
Cohen’s character took every limp Democratic talking point currently in circulation and built gags around them. Smite the rich. Romney likes to fire people. Romney cruelly put the family dog on the roof of his car.
How daring. How edgy. How … predictable.