Sarah Palin has slammed Sacha Baron Cohen after claiming that he set her up while she was being interviewed for his new TV show, Who Is America?
The seven-episode series will premiere in the UK on Monday night (July 16), with a recent preview clip of the show sharing a glimpse of Cohen’s first interview subject, Dick Cheney. In the video, Cheney is seen signing a waterboard kit that’s been offered to him by one of Cohen’s comedic characters.
Palin, who ran for Vice President as part of the failed Republican campaign in the 2008 US election, has now been revealed as one of Cohen’s interview subjects after confirming on her Facebook page that she’d been “duped” by the Borat actor.
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“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,” Palin wrote, before explaining more about the set-up that she’d fallen for.
“This ‘legit opportunity’ to honor American Vets and contribute to a ‘legit Showtime historical documentary’ was requested of me via a speakers bureau,” she said. “For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all.
“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 continued.
“The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.”
She then slammed Cohen for “mocking those who have fought and served our country,” adding that the stunt was “truly sick”.
Who Is America? will explore “diverse individuals” in the US “across the political and cultural spectrum”, and will premiere at 10pm on Channel 4 on Monday.