Sarah Palin Says She Was Duped by 'Evil, Sick' Baron Cohen

She says she was brought to DC for fake interview
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2018 1:56 AM CDT
Updated Jul 11, 2018 6:37 AM CDT
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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(Newser) – Sacha Baron Cohen's new show Who Is America? is coming to TV soon—and the British funnyman apparently infuriated Sarah Palin during the filming of it. In a Facebook post Tuesday, the former Alaska governor admitted that she had been "duped" by Baron Cohen, USA Today reports, whose previous characters include clueless Kazakh journalist Borat. In the post, Palin says she and one of her daughters traveled across the US after a request to contribute to a "legit historical documentary," and found that somebody she presumes was Baron Cohen "had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all." She says she "sat through a long 'interview' full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm" but ended up removing her mic and walking out.

"I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick 'humor' of the British 'comedian' Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime," Palin writes. She calls for the proceeds from the show to be donated to charity, saying "HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country," the BBC reports. The show, which promises to explore "diverse individuals" from across the political spectrum, will make its US debut Sunday, the Guardian reports. In a teaser clip tweeted by Baron Cohen, Dick Cheney autographs a water jug Baron Cohen calls a "waterboard kit." According to Matt Drudge, other guests will include Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean. (Palin's lawsuit against the New York Times was chucked last year.)

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