The former U.S. 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,” Palin wrote in the Facebook post.
Palin said that she was offered a “‘legit opportunity’ to honour American Vets and contribute to a ‘legit Showtime historical documentary'” and that it “was requested of me via a speakers bureau.”
She said that she and one of her daughters, whom she did not name, were asked to travel across the country for the interview. She also said that Cohen had “heavily disguised himself as a disabled U.S. 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 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 continued: “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.”
Palin lashed out at Showtime and CBS Corp. for airing the show and called on both to donate the proceeds to charity. “Here is my challenge, shallow Sacha boy: go ahead — air the footage. Experience tells us it will be heavily edited, not pretty, and intended to humiliate. The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets.”
Palin claimed that the production team from the prank show deliberately dropped her and her daughter at the wrong airport “knowing we’d miss all flights back home to Alaska.”
“By the way, my daughter thinks you’re a piece of ****, Sacha,” she added.
The official show description reveals that the show has been “in the works over the past year.” It will be a seven-episode series and it “will explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.”
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 8, 2018
Showtime’s president and CEO called Cohen a “comedic genius” during the show’s series announcement Monday.
Who Is America? premieres on July 15.
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