Sacha Baron Cohen hits back in character at 'fake news' Sarah Palin

Sergio Cunningham
July 14, 2018

"I understand Israel handles security very differently than how America handles security - interviewer showed several articles involving children stopping terrorists - stuff like that".

Showtime's newest unscripted comedy show "Who Is America?" premieres this weekend, starring actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, blasted Cohen on Tuesday for duping her into doing an interview.

"It got worse and worse and worse as the minutes went on in this freakish, really embarrassing, humiliating interview", Palin said.

"Who Is America?" is scheduled to premiere at 9 p.m. PT, midnight ET Sunday night on Showtime.

She said she stayed for the interview "out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform".

Defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore is talking about a possible defamation lawsuit after discovering that he too was duped by Cohen for the upcoming TV series.

In addition to Moore, former Vice President Dick Cheney and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin were conned into participating in the Showtime series; a trailer for the show features the former signing a waterboard kit. Cohen then asked the former law enforcement officer questions about his habit of stopping cars of suspected illegal immigrants (ie, anyone who looked Hispanic), gun laws, and of course POTUS.

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Palin and Moore both criticized Cohen's approach, with Moore saying that he would "never hide my identity and deceive others only to mock and ridicule them", and referring to Showtime as a "shadowy media group".

She said Friday that she has yet to hear from the show's producers.

"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". On Thursday, a man apparently named Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. claimed on Twitter that he was in fact the person who interviewed Palin.

Walsh alleges that Baron Cohen's team set him up in a Washington D.C. hotel in February to take part in a bogus pro-Israel event that bestowed him with an award for his "Significant Contributions to the State of Israel".

Palin said Baron Cohen was portraying himself as an injured military veteran. "And mocking the disabled and mocking and belittling our vets with this portrayal, in my book it's not amusing".

Showtime defended Cohen's antics in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. Much like Sarah Palin being asked freaky questions by any stranger she encounters in a wheelchair, we are prepared to accept all of this at face value. "Mocking vets, belittling the disabled, stereotyping sufferers of mental illness, spewing disdain for America's heartland and our collective work ethic and patriotism... all rewarded in the City of Angels that fell so far".

"I think there's enough skepticism to go around about people who actually are reporters, who actually are documentarians".

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