Sacha Baron Cohen has been at it again, taking some of the world's best known personalities for a ride they definitely don't want to be on. And he's caught another big one.
Sarah Palin launched into a scathing rant on her Facebook account yesterday about how her and her daughter had been 'duped' by Baron Cohen and his team into conducting a fake interview with Baron Cohen disguised as an injured army veteran.
She called the humour of Baron Cohen and the production team on his new show Who is America?, which will air this Saturday, 'evil, exploitive and sick'.
She said she had been invited to take part in a 'legit' interview for a historical documentary: "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."
She said the show mocked American veterans invited Cohen to donate all proceeds from the show to a charity that supports vets.
She even claimed that, as something of a final middle finger to Palin and her daughter, following the interview the production team deliberately dropped them off at the wrong Washington D.C. airport and they missed their flights back home to Alaska.
Palin is used to a bit of conflict and controversy herself - the right-wing Republican politician is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), opposes same-sex marriage and opposes abortion, including in cases of rape and incest.
And she's clearly not partial to a cheeky prank. She seems like the sort of person who'd sit on a whoopee cushion and key the car of the person responsible.
But Baron Cohen also knows how to push the boundaries. Previous showdowns with some of the biggest names in politics include pitching Donald Trump (before he was President) an idea for an 'ice cream glove' as Ali G. He also interviewed presidential candidate Ron Paul for his 2009 film Bruno in which he tried to seduce him into making a sex tape.
And the trailer for his new show shows Dick Cheney enthusiastically signing a waterboard kit. The US politician was Vice President under George W. Bush during the Iraq War and has been an outspoken supporter of waterboarding and torture.
The first show on the series will air in the UK on Channel 4 on Monday 16 July at 10pm.
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