When we learned that Showtime would soon begin airing Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy/reality series, Who Is America?, one of the first questions we asked was, "Who, in the Brave Year of Our Lord 2018, could still be foolish enough to walk right into one of Sacha Baron Cohen's traps?"
The first answer, as it turned out, was Dick Cheney, who was seen in an early promo for the series gleefully signing a "waterboarding kit" at Cohen's request. Now, just days before the show is set to premiere on Showtime, we've learned of a second victim: former Alaskan Governor, reality show star, noted FOX News correspondent and certified brain genius Sarah Palin.
As you might expect, she's not happy to realize she was duped.
In a new report over at The Daily Mail, Palin explains that she agreed to fly to Washington, D.C. to meet with someone she thought was a disabled US war veteran, but who - upon further reflection - was almost definitely just a disguised Sacha Baron Cohen sitting in a wheelchair.
"This 'legit opportunity' to honor American Vets and contribute to a 'legit Showtime historical documentary' was requested of me via a speakers bureau. For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all."
She goes on:
"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."
Yes. That must have been very embarrassing for Sacha Baron Cohen.
"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.'
Whether or not you find all of this amusing will depend entirely upon how you feel about both Sarah Palin, the concept of "ambush comedy" and Cohen's methodology. It's certainly not my place to tell you whether or not this is extremely funny, but in my capacity as the News Editor of this site, it is my place to remind you that Who Is America? will air this Sunday evening at 9PM CST on Showtime. Do with that information what you will.
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