Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin revealed she was reportedly duped into giving a mock interview to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for his upcoming Showtime series, “Who Is America?” Apparently, Palin though she was talking to a disabled U.S. veteran.
In a lengthy rant on Facebook, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate wrote, “Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now? 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 said she and one of her daughters (she did not name which one) traveled across the country to give an interview to what they thought would be a veteran but turned out to be Cohen, who had “heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all.”
All unknowing, Palin thought it was a “legit opportunity” to honor U.S. vets in a historical documentary.
However, it was not to be. According to the former Alaska governor, she was hit by a barrage of sarcasm and snide comments from the “vet.”
“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,” Palin continued. “The disrespect of our U.S. military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.”
She then challenged Cohen, Showtime and CBS to donate all the proceeds from the show to charities “that actually respects and supports American Vets.” She did not say what she meant by “proceeds” since Showtime, a premium cable channel, only earns its revenue from monthly subscriptions by users, not ads.
“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 wrote, adding, “Truly sick.”
Palin also said the production team deliberately dropped her and her daughter to the wrong Washington, D.C. airport after the interview so that they would miss their flight back to Alaska.
However, vets may not be as sympathetic to Palin’s plight as she may think.
Shortly after her son, Track, reportedly beat up his girlfriend, Palin implied his violent tendencies come from being deployed to Iraq, which resulted in PTSD. In doing so, Palin reinforced a stereotype of the unpredictable, abusive veterans that U.S. Army vets have been fighting for years.
As for “Who Is America,” it will premiere July 15 and will show Cohen “as you’ve never seen before.”
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