Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Sarah Palin claims Sacha Baron Cohen duped her for talk

Sarah Palin claims Sacha Baron Cohen duped her for talk

"Evil, exploitative, sick." That is how former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in a Facebook post, described a stunt by "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen in which he lured her to sit for a "historical documentary" by feigning an identity as a disabled US veteran.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was conned into participating in an interview with the ultra-obnoxious and hardly amusing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

"Side note to my story - I totally get @SachaBaronCohen's gig".

Sarah Palin criticized Sacha Baron Cohen and Showtime Tuesday on Facebook for their new prank TV series, Who Is America?

Palin went on to say that she and one of her daughters traveled across the country to meet with Cohen, who, she says, "had heavily disguised himself as a disabled U.S. Veteran, fake wheelchair and all".

After the interview the show's producers dropped her and her daughter off at the wrong airport, Palin added.

The ex-Alaska governor said she ultimately walked out of the interview and slammed what she called the Cambridge-educated comedian's "foreign commentaries" that disrespected the USA military and middle-class Americans.

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The video was from 2012, featuring US President Donald Trump criticizing the actor, who he calls "third-rate". Feel better now?' wrote Palin on Facebook.

"Who is America?", due to launch on Sunday on cable channel Showtime, has been shrouded in secrecy apart from a trailer showing former US defence secretary Dick Cheney signing a large bottle described as a water-boarding kit.

Mrs. Palin ended her message by informing Mr. Cohen that her daughter thinks he is "a piece of ****".

Cohen has been promoting a new show on Showtime called "Who is America", which, despite its existential title, seems to consist of classic Cohen-isms: the comedian, in character, getting famous faces to do and say silly things. "Experience tells us it will be heavily edited, not pretty, and meant to humiliate", said Palin.

The first answer, as it turned out, was Dick Cheney, who was seen in an early promo for the series gleefully signing a "waterboarding kit" at Cohen's request.

"The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets", she wrote. "Every honorable American Vet should feel the same".

The radio show host is now calling for a boycott of Showtime, after Cohen's team tricked him into doing an interview for a fake pro-Israel event, as Deadline points out. When approached by The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime declined to comment.

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