Sacha Baron Cohen just got more free publicity ahead of this Sunday's premiere of his new Showtime series "Who Is America?"
Sarah Palin lashed out at the comedian in a lengthy Facebook post admitting she was "duped" by the "Borat" creator for his new series, for which he went undercover to interview a number of high profile politicians in America, including Dick Cheney.
"Yup -- we were duped. Ya' got me, Sacha. Feel better now?" the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate wrote Tuesday. "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."
Palin, who became a television personality herself and even tried to launch her own network, suggested in her angry statement that she was led to believe she was offered a genuine opportunity to honor American veterans through what she said was described as a "legit Showtime 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," she wrote. "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 continued, and then issued Cohen, Showtime and CBS a challenge.
"Donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets," she wrote. "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. Truly sick."
Showtime declined to comment on the situation, while CBS did not immediately respond to TooFab's request for comment.
Palin added that one of her daughters was with her on the trip, which she said racked up "great costs on our part in time and resources." To top off Palin's apparent miserable experience, she said "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 concluded. "Feel good and manly about your M.O., Sacha?By the way, my daughter thinks you're a piece of **** [sic], Sacha. Every honorable American Vet should feel the same."
Palin posted the open letter with a link to an article from The Hill about conservative political commentator Matt Drudge reporting Palin was just one of many who fell for Cohen's on-camera prank.
"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," Drudge tweeted. "Sacha has finked Cheney, Palin, Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie, Trent Lott, Patraeus, Ted Koppel, and more… BEWARE!"