- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tore into comedic filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen for tricking her into an interview for his latest project by disguising himself as a wounded veteran.

“Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?” the former vice presidential candidate wrote on Facebook Tuesday afternoon. “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.”

Mrs. Palin was responding to a tweet by Matt Drudge announcing that Mr. Cohen had tricked Mrs. Palin — among others including Dick Cheney, Howard Dean and Ted Koppel — into appearing in scenes for his upcoming Showtime series “Who is America?”

Mrs. Palin explained that she had agreed to sit down with a “legit Showtime historical documentary” for a “legit opportunity” to honor American veterans.

“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,” she wrote. “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.

“The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.”

The former governor then challenged Mr. Cohen to donate all the proceeds from his new series to a charity that “actually respects and supports American Vets.”

“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. Truly sick,” she wrote.

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

“Every honorable American Vet should feel the same,” she wrote.

The first episode of “Who is America?” is set to air on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET this Sunday, and debut on streaming, online and on demand Sunday at midnight.

Mr. Cohen teased the show on Twitter Tuesday, including a clip of Mr. Cheney signing a “waterboard kit.”

Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins has labeled Mr. Cohen “the premier provocateur of our time.”


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