For well over a decade now, Sacha Baron Cohen has been a master of disguise, taking on different kinds of characters to get reactions out of people, whether those be average citizens or people in power. We recently learned he has a new seven-episode series coming called Who Is America? The Showtime subscription cable program was able to keep Cohen's new character a secret and even speak with the likes of Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin, and the latter at least is very unhappy about the way things transpired. Speaking out on social media, Palin admitted she and her daughter "were duped," before explaining from her point of view what she thought was going on.
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.
Elsewhere in the rant on Facebook, Sarah Palin also called Sacha Baron Cohen, "evil" and "exploitive," also noting she feels he has a "sick" sense of humor, before also challenging the British comedian to donate all proceeds from the upcoming Showtime series.
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. 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. Truly sick.
She closes out by noting her daughter thinks the former host of Da Ali G Show is a "piece of **," so clearly she and her daughter are not happy about being duped by a TV show.
Sarah Palin isn't the only major political figure who spoke with Sacha Baron Cohen for Who Is America? Teaser footage has already been released featuring Dick Cheney, and Matt Drudge noted Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie Sanders, Trent Lott, Patraeus, Ted Koppel were spoken to, as well. You can take a first look at the new series, below.
Who Is America? was announced out of the blue earlier this week, and Showtime won't be waiting long to release the new series. If you subscribe to the cabler and are interested in Sacha Baron Cohen's body of work, the new series will debut this weekend on Sunday, July 15 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. The return to TV marks the first time Sacha Baron Cohen has done a subscription cable project in years, although the actor has a new Netflix project called The Spy _coming soon, as well. Cohen is famous for kicking off his career with _Da Ali G Show but has subsequently brought characters to life on the big screen with Borat and The Dictator, among other projects.