Sarah Palin says Sacha Baron Cohen 'duped' her into interview by posing as disabled US veteran
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: July 11, 2018
Sarah Palin says comedian Sacha Baron Cohen "duped" her into an interview for his upcoming Showtime series by posing as a disabled American veteran using a wheelchair.
Palin wrote in a Tuesday Facebook post that she and her daughter flew cross-country to be interviewed for what they thought was a Showtime historical documentary honoring those who have served in the U.S. military.
"Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long 'interview' full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm — but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin," she said. "The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse."
In addition to acting in more conventional roles, Cohen is known for conducting interviews with unsuspecting people in character as Ali G, Bruno and Borat. His seven-episode "Who Is America?," which premieres Sunday on Showtime, "will explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation," Showtime said.
Palin said Cohen should air the footage of her interview and donate proceeds to a charitable group that supports veterans. She also said that the show's production team dropped her and her daughter off at the wrong airport on purpose, causing them to miss their flight back to Alaska.
Palin's interview seems in line with what audiences can expect from "Who Is America?" In a promo, Cohen, presumably in disguise, asks former Vice President Dick Cheney to sign a "waterboard kit" and Cheney complies. Drudge Report publisher Matt Drudge recently tweeted that Cohen had tricked Palin, Howard Dean, Bernie Sanders, David Petraeus, Alberto Gonzales, Ted Koppel and more.
Cohen recently tweeted a video featuring "A Message from Donald Trump" on July 4 in which the president calls him "disgraceful" and urges him to "go to school" to "learn about being funny." In 2003, the comedian interviewed an unwitting Trump in character as Ali G for "Da Ali G Show."
In announcing the series, David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., said, "Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness. He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of 'gotcha' moments. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics. Nobody knows how to cause a stir like Sacha Baron Cohen, and it's going to be fascinating to watch what happens when 'Who Is America?' is released on the world."