Sacha Baron Cohen thinks Twitter is the reason why Donald Trump was elected president.
The comedian shared his thoughts on the impact of internet on society, as well as Trump’s relationship with social media, during a conversation with Don Cheadle for Variety‘s Actors on Actors.
“Trump without Twitter would probably not have become president,” Cohen says.
He continued, “We’re in the biggest revolution that’s happened in the history of civilization. We are in the internet age. It’s bigger than the Industrial Revolution. It’s transformed the way people think.”
Baron Cohen also discussed the theory of a “post-truth” society in the internet age. “There’re so many different sources of truth that nobody knows what facts are any more,” he says.
After musing on the bigotry he encountered in his show “Who is America?” and the responsibility of companies like Twitter to regulate hate speech, he concluded, “It’s OK to not give those people who want to murder people for being different absolute rights.”
Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” will publish in June in a special issue of the magazine coinciding with Emmys voting. The companion TV series, which recently won a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy, premieres on June 18 on PBS SoCal.