Oh boy oh boy. We knew the new series from Sacha Baron Cohen was going to be good, but we didn’t think it’d be quite this good.
The Ali G, Borat and Bruno star has seemingly gone back to his roots as a prank interviewer extraordinaire for his forthcoming series Who is America? - with just a couple of teaser clips posted so far, including one featuring former Vice-President Dick Cheney signing a waterboard kit (yes, really).
It was revealed on Monday that the show would explore “diverse individuals” in the US ” across the political and cultural spectrum”, while the lead character, played by Baron Cohen, would be “shameless,” “unhinged,” and “cold-blooded”. They even went so far as to say it would be “perhaps the most dangerous show in the history of television”.
So far, so good, but it’s now been revealed that another of the public figures interviewed by Baron Cohen is Sarah Palin, the infamous former Alaskan governor, Fox News commentator, personality and former Republican Vice President nominee.
She wrote on Facebook:
“Yup - we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?
“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.
“This “legit opportunity” to honor American Vets and contribute to a “legit Showtime historical documentary” was requested of me via a speakers bureau.
“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.
“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.
“And as an aside, for further insight into the wealthy corporate enablers of this kind of “joke”, I’ll add that after great costs on our part in time and resources to contribute to their “documentary” 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.
“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.”
Yep, if you didn’t want to watch it before, you definitely do now don’t you? The use of both ‘humo(u)r’ and ‘comedian’ in one sentence is just too brilliant.
Who Is America? will premiere on Showtime in the US on Sunday, and will air in the UK on Channel 4 on Monday at 10pm - and we cannot wait.
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