Sarah Palin Just Explained How Sacha Baron Cohen Fooled Her Into Appearing on His New Show in An Epic Rant

English actor, screenwriter and producer Sacha Baron Cohen and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin (Photos by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/GETTY IMAGES and RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Ever since English actor, screenwriter and producer Sacha Baron Cohen tweeted a video on July 4, 2018, featuring President Donald Trump, fans wondered what the comedic talent was up to. He was rumored to have a program coming to Showtime soon.

On Monday, Matt Drudge, the editor and creator of The Drudge Report, tweeted:


"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!"

And one of the people on that list took to social media Tuesday to express their outrage.

Sarah Palin —conservative pundit, public speaker and former Republican Vice Presidential candidate— posted a long rant on Facebook directed at Cohen, CBS and Showtime with a screenshot of Drudge's tweet.

"Yup - we were duped," Palin's post begins. "Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?"

I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive [sic], sick 'humor' of the British 'comedian' Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime."

In the post, Palin claims she and her daughter were lured to Washington, DC, under false pretenses by Cohen to honor veterans.

"This 'legit opportunity' to honor American Vets and contribute to a 'legit Showtime historical documentary' was requested of me via a speakers bureau," Palin states. She then says the interview bothered her so greatly that she removed her microphone and stopped the interview.

Palin then issues several challenges to Cohen and CBS/Showtime, while referring to the performer as boy and taking jabs at Cohen's manliness.

One challenge is to donate to a charity supporting veterans. The other is to air the footage.

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 Alaska resident then goes on to claim the production crew deliberately took her and her daughter to the wrong DC airport, and apparently unable or unwilling to use the Metro rail, bus or taxi services that run between Ronald Reagan and Dulles airports to get to the right one, they were trapped there for three days.

She concludes by stating,

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."

Cohen's prior cinematic and television efforts involved a brand of comedy known as ambush style.

In his heavily disguised personas of Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard and Admiral General Aladeen, Cohen convinced real people on camera that he was his alter ego and was able to capture, documentary style, their reactions to his over the top antics.

Some people find his humor hilarious while others find it offensive. Cohen often receives criticism for the racist or bigoted comments his characters make.

But his proponents claim Cohen merely exposes the failings of the people he interacts with who are, unlike Cohen, unscripted.

Cohen rarely gives interviews as himself, outside of any assumed identity. But in one interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain he stated his virulently anti-Semitic character Borat gives a "dramatic demonstration of how racism feeds on dumb conformity, as much as rabid bigotry … Borat essentially works as a tool. By himself being anti-Semitic, he lets people lower their guard and expose their own prejudice."

"I think that's quite an interesting thing with Borat," Cohen said during another interview, "which is people really let down their guard with him because they're in a room with somebody who seems to have these outrageous opinions. They sometimes feel much more relaxed about letting their own outrageous, politically incorrect, prejudiced opinions come out."

The people featured in Cohen's work are not always appreciative of their time on screen. The English performer has been sued several times as a result, but all lawsuits have eventually been dismissed.

As for Cohen's current project that may or may not include a segment with Sarah Palin, Cohen alluded to it on his own Twitter account Sunday.

Then at 1:03pm EST, Monday, Twitter account Who Is America? posted,

"@SachaBaronCohen is back! You've been warned."

The description for the Twitter account also states, "@SachaBaronCohen is back! You've been warned. #WhoIsAmerica? premieres this Sun at 10p/9c. Only on @Showtime."

David McNew/Getty Images; Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has used a symbiotic relationship with Fox News to advance his rhetoric and propaganda.

But occasionally his favorite network decides to air dissenting opinions or facts that disprove statements made by Trump.

Keep reading...
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images // Republican National Committee

President Donald Trump's administration has tried for over a year to wield the United States census to bolster its anti-immigrant platform, rather than getting an accurate count of the country's populace to better allocate its resources.

The administration has long sought to add a citizenship question, despite warnings that it could result in underreporting of the population and the targeting of immigrants.

According to reporting from The Tampa Bay Times, Republican party is once again using the census to bolster its interests.

Keep reading...
Emily Assiran/Getty Images for Pizza Hut // Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Donald Trump was enraged at the news that Russia was working to elect him once again in 2020.

But Russia once again seeking to interfere in our elections wasn't what enraged him. It's that officials sounded the alarm about it.

Keep reading...
Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images // David McNew/Getty Images

President Donald Trump replaced former Acting Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats with longtime Trump ally and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. The move came after Trump rebuffed Coats for announcing Russia's ongoing attempts to interfere in the 2020 election.

Grenell was deemed vastly unqualified for the position, to the point that officials had to assure Americans that the new Director of National Intelligence would be announced soon.

Trump said he was considering his longtime ally in Congress, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), for the position...but there's just one problem.

Keep reading...
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images // C-SPAN

President Donald Trump held yet another campaign rally in Colorado, where he railed against one of the favorite targets for Republican lawmakers: Hollywood elites and the films they make.

Trump went on a bizarre rant lamenting this year's winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture: Parasite.

Keep reading...
CNN video/Win McNamee/Getty Images

Maine's Democratic primary is slated for March 3.

The vote will determine who faces off against incumbent Republican Susan Collins in November.

Keep reading...