Sarah Palin accuses Sacha Baron Cohen of ‘duping’ her for new Showtime series
Sacha Baron Cohen’s return to television is still days away from debuting, but the Showtime series is already courting controversy.
Sarah Palin, ex-governor of Alaska and former vice presidential candidate, posted a lengthy screed Tuesday on Facebook claiming that she had been “duped” by Baron Cohen into appearing on Who Is America?
“Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?” Palin posted. “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 accused Baron Cohen of disguising himself as a disabled US veteran to conduct the interview, which was “full of Hollywoodism’s [sic] disrespect and sarcasm.”
The political pundit wrote that Baron Cohen should feel free to use the footage from her interview on the show, but also wanted something more from the comedian and his cohorts.
“The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets,” Palin wrote.
“Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country,” she added.
Showtime had no comment when contacted on Wednesday by The Times.
On Monday, political commentator Matt Drudge tweeted an extensive list of political and media personalities who had allegedly been targeted by Baron Cohen, including Palin, Howard Dean, Bernie Sanders and Ted Koppel.
Though no one else has confirmed an encounter with Baron Cohen, promotional footage for Who Is America? featured former Vice President Dick Cheney autographing a “waterboard kit.”
Who Is America? is Baron Cohen’s return to series television after more than a decade. The first episode is scheduled to premiere Saturday.
Representatives for Baron Cohen did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment Wednesday morning.