Sarah Palin and Other Politicians 'Duped' by Borat Actor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sarah Palin says she was "duped."
The former Republican vice presidential candidate says she fell victim to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during an interview for his upcoming Showtime series, "Who Is America?"
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the former Alaska governor wrote she and a daughter traveled across the country for what she thought was a legitimate interview. But she says Baron Cohen had "heavily disguised himself" as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair.
Palin says she sat through what she called a long interview full of "Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm" before she walked out.
She is challenging Baron Cohen and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans' 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. 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."
Showtime has no comment. An email seeking comment from Baron Cohen has not been returned."
Palin doesn't appear to be the only one who was tricked.
On Sunday, Cohen posted a teaser for the show to his Twitter account that appears to show former Vice President Dick Cheney signing a waterboarding kit.
Former Congressman Joe Walsh told Entertainment Weekly the comedian also targeted him.
Showtime's trailer for the show also show a clip of Cheney.
Baron Cohen is known for his disguises and controversial comedy.
His 2006 film "Borat" came under fire for embarrassing several people in the film as well as the Republic of Kazakhstan, the country the main character Borat is supposed to be from.
"Who Is America" premieres Sunday.
NH1.com contributed material to this article.