Sarah Palin Slams Sacha Baron Cohen After Falling for 'Truly Sick' Prank for New TV Show

The U.S. politician says the British comedian dressed as a U.S. Veteran and left her stranded in D.C. after the interview. Others set to unwittingly star in 'Who is America? include Dick Cheney, Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaking at a rally in Montgomery, Alabama, September 2017.
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Sarah Palin took to Facebook on Tuesday to slam Sacha Baron Cohen after falling victim to a "truly sick" prank for his new TV show, "Who is America?"

The former Alaska governor is seemingly one of many politicians who will unwittingly star in the "Borat" star's latest show. Drudge tweeted Tuesday that Palin will feature alongside Howard Dean, Dick Cheney, Bernie Sanders, David Petraeus, Ted Koppel and more.

Palin's segment apparently sees her being interviewed in Washington by a heavily disguised Cohen, who appears as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair.

"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 [SIC] disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin ," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. 

"Yup – we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?" she asked. "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".

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Palin, who traveled to the interview with her daughter from her Alaskan home, added that the "disrespect of our U.S. military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse."

Adding insult to injury, Palin alleges that after the interview, the production team dropped her and her daughter off at the wrong D.C. airport, "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."

Palin concluded her rant by writing, "Feel good and manly about your M.O., Sacha? By the way, my daughter thinks you’re a piece of ****, Sacha. Every honorable American Vet should feel the same."

Baron Cohen first rose to prominence on British television in the late 1990s with his Ali G character – a  faux white rapper who would ask a series of increasingly inane questions to politicians and prominent figures. One of his most famous victims was Donald Trump, although the then-businessman said he saw through the ruse immediately – a statement denied by Baron Cohen.

The Jewish comedian is best known in the United States for his Kazakh character Borat.  In the hit 2006 film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," Baron Cohen travels around the United States finding himself in increasingly farcical situations – including a naked wresting match and his attempts to make Pamela Anderson his wife. 

"Who is America?" is set to premiere on Showtime in the United States this Sunday. The cable network said the seven-part series "will explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.”