12 July 2018Hot off the Press
Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has slammed British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen after he duped her during an interview while posing as a disabled war veteran for his upcoming television series Who Is America?
Ms Palin attacked Mr Cohen on Facebook on Tuesday night, writing: “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 said that Cohen “heavily disguised himself as a disabled US veteran, fake wheelchair and all” for the interview, which she claims she was led to believe was a historical documentary made by pay-to-view American television network Showtime.
Sarah Palin is not the only high profile figure to have been tricked by Mr Cohen, who has spent the year undercover, secretly filming his first television series since 2004.
Dick Cheney, the Vice President to George W Bush, was also duped. A short sneak peak video was released by Mr Cohen via Twitter, in which an off-camera voice asks a seated Mr Cheney, “Dick Cheney, is it possible to sign my waterboard kit?”
Mr Cheney agrees, saying, “Sure.” Then he smiles, saying: “That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard.”
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 8, 2018
Bernie Sanders, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, is reported to have also been tricked by the comedian.
The series, which will be aired in Australia on entertainment streaming platform Stan, is expected to be released on July 15.