Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian best known for playing Borat, pulled one over on former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin and her daughter. They flew to Washington D.C. to meet with a disabled military veteran for an interview for what they thought was going to be a documentary by Showtime about American Vets.
Instead, she later learned that after sitting through interviews “full of Hollywood disrespect and sarcasm”, that she’d been pranked by the comedian for his upcoming show on Showtime.
From her Facebook page:
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. 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. The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.
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.
And as an aside, for further insight into the wealthy corporate enablers of this kind of “joke”, I’ll add that after great costs on our part in time and resources to contribute to their “documentary” the Cohen/CBS/Showtime production team purposefully dropped my daughter and me off at the wrong Washington, DC airport after the fake interview, knowing we’d miss all flights back home to Alaska. After refusing to take our calls to help get us out of the bind they’d put us in for three days, I wrote this off as yet another example of the sick nature that is media-slash-entertainment today.
She’s not the only one who has been duped recently, Dick Cheney also fell victim to the prankster, as did Howard Dean.
The series was announced this week and will begin airing on Sunday, July 15th.
Showtime had no comment on Palin’s statement.