From 2000 to 2005 Sacha Baron Cohen turned the tables on politicans, leaders and charlatans by interviewing them in character as Ali G. At some point he ran out of people who didn’t know his character, and so the fun had to stop- for awhile. It’s now 13 years later and Cohen decided it was time to get back into the business of interviewing people under false pretenses with a brand new show, “Who Is America?” debuting on Showtime this week. He’s dropped the character but not the concept.
A trailer debuted on Monday showing a conversation with Dick Cheney and since then it’s been revealed that Cohen also had incognito conversations with Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie, Trent Lott, Patraeus, Ted Koppel and Sarah Palin. And Palin isn’t happy about it.
Today Palin is saying Cohen tricked her into an interview by pretending to be a wounded veteran in a wheelchair. She is also claiming that the network purposely took her to the wrong airport, causing her and her daughter to miss a flight. Palin wants Showtime to donate all profits to a veterans group.
“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,” Palin said. “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.” She called the charade “perverse” and disrespectful to US military and middle class Americans.
“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,” said Palin. “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.”