Like countless others before her, Sarah Palin was fooled into an interview with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen under false pretenses. Cohen is probably best known for his lead role in the 2006 film Borat, where he plays a man from Kazakhstan as he travels across America, offending seemingly everyone he meets along the way (who don’t know he’s playing a character).
Cohen is returning to America once again, this time to tackle politics in the Trump-era. Cohen’s new show “Who is America” will be seven episodes in length, in which he reportedly dupes a number of notable politicians into conducting interviews with him. Matt Drudge claimed in a since-deleted tweet that the list of those duped includes Dick Cheney, Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie Sanders, Trent Lott, David Petraeus, and Ted Koppel, among others.
At least one person is speaking out about their interview for the show. “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,” Sarah Palin posted to her Facebook account last night. (RELATED: Sarah Palin Indicates She’d Love to Run for Higher Office Again).
Now while no one would have a problem with a comedian poking fun at a politician under false pretenses, the lie to rope her in was egregious in this case. “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 Hollywood’s disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin.”
Palin had been under the impression that this was a “legit opportunity” to honor American Veterans and contribute to a “legit Showtime historical documentary.” As if trekking her half-way across the country wasn’t bad enough, Palin says that “the Cohen/CBS/Showtime production team purposefully dropped my daughter and me off at the wrong Washington, D.C. airport after the fake interview, knowing we’d miss all flights back home to Alaska.” Classy.
“By the way, my daughter thinks you’re a piece of ****, Sacha,” Palin concluded.
Donald Trump also took to Twitter to blast the “talentless” Cohen……. six years ago.
Glad to see that Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie is not only a dud but not too good at the box office. He is talentless. @Sacha_B_Cohen
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2012
There really is a Trump tweet for everything, isn’t there?
Cohen has a long history of disrespecting America while portraying one of his controversial characters. While filming the movie Borat, Cohen deliberately ruined the National Anthem at a rodeo. You can see video of this spectacle below:
Cohen’s actions are especially egregious given that it involves America’s military veterans. Palin was hoping to honor America’s veterans in a tasteful way but was duped by the comedian. Cohen’s antics are notorious, but perhaps he crossed a line this time that he cannot come back from.
Cohen should do the right thing and apologize to Palin for misleading her, but given his history, I won’t be holding my breath.
Source: Daily Caller