Sacha Baron Cohen Dressed Up as a Military Vet and Fooled Sarah Palin In InterviewPhoto courtesy of Getty Politics News Sacha Baron Cohen
It’s been a long time since a premise of a news story made me laugh as much as this one: Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, of Borat fame, apparently dressed up as a U.S. military veteran to get a sitdown interview with former Alaska governor and current crackpot Sarah Palin. This whole thing apparently started with a Matt Drudge tweet:
Sacha Baron Cohen at it again! This time for CBS/SHOWTIME. Lots of tricks played. Both Republicans and Democrats are getting caught up in the madness. Sacha has finked Cheney, Palin, Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie, Trent Lott, Patraeus, Ted Koppel, and more… BEWARE!
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) July 9, 2018
That prompted Palin to respond on Facebook, with a long rant in which she—of course—hid behind the troops and called Baron Cohen “evil.” Apparently Palin and her daughter flew across the country for what they thought was a “thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform” as part of what she was told was a “legit Showtime historical documentary.” Per Palin:
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.
Palin went on to claim Baron Cohen was mocking the troops (we’ll see), and that the show’s producers purposefully dropped her and her daughter off at the wrong airport so they’d miss their flights. As with everything Palin says, those nuggets should be taken with a giant grain of salt.
Here’s how she concluded:
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.
Personally, I can’t wait for this show, and it looks like Baron Cohen really explored the full political spectrum. I mean, if he got Bernie and Palin, who didn’t he get?
In closing, here are some tweets:
Messed up that Sacha Baron Cohen would start an interview with Sarah Palin, then periodically cover his face with his hands so she’d get confused about where he went
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) July 11, 2018
Sarah Palin should be happy Sacha Baron Cohen tricked her by wearing a costume, and not painting a tunnel onto the side of a mountain on her drive home.
— Mike Ginn (@shutupmikeginn) July 11, 2018
Sarah Palin’s Facebook fans are coming for Sacha Baron Cohen and frankly I’m not sure he’ll ever recover pic.twitter.com/xU7kBLHl2f
— Ryan Perry (@rynprry) July 10, 2018