‘HOW DARE YOU’

Sarah Palin says she was ‘duped’ into interview with a disguised Sacha Baron Cohen

Sarah Palin. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has denounced Sacha Baron Cohen as “evil” and “exploitive” after discovering that the comedian tricked her into an interview by posing as a disabled U.S. veteran. Until recently, Palin had reportedly been in the dark about who was behind a bizarre interview she participated in last November. A source told PEOPLE magazine the former Alaska governor finally ended the interview after being asked a “horrible” question that offended her. According to the source, the comedian asked her about “a government-funded sex-change operation for Chelsea Clinton” — an apparent joke referring to famous whistleblower and former Army private Chelsea Manning, who underwent hormone treatment therapy under a Department of Defense instruction for “In-Service Transition” after a protracted legal battle with the government.

“Cohen was trying to get Governor Palin to say something homophobic and hateful,” the source said. “She was particularly incensed about that.”

In a lengthy Facebook post published on Tuesday, Palin wrote that she had travelled across the country for an interview that was billed to her as a “‘legit opportunity’ to honor American Vets and contribute to a ‘legit Showtime historical documentary.’” After undergoing a long “perverse” interview that she said exhibited “disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries,” Palin claims that she and her daughter were purposefully dropped off at the wrong Washington, D.C. airport, leaving them stranded for three days after it caused them to “miss all flights back home to Alaska.”

“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, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime,” she wrote. “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.”

Cohen has a long history of fooling unsuspecting high-profile government officials and celebrities of all political stripes using one of his famous alter egos, including “Ali G” and “Borat Sagdiyev,” so in that sense, Palin is correct that she has joined a long list of names. Cohen’s new Showtime series, Who is America?, is set to premiere on July 15.

On Friday morning, Palin appeared on Good Morning America and talked more about the interview, which she described as “bizarre” and stepped up her attacks on Cohen, suggesting he should donate profits from the show to veterans groups.

Read the full story at Entertainment Weekly.

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