Showtime Decries "Misinformation" Spread By ‘Who Is America?’ Victim Sarah Palin

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2018

Cohen, who is known for creating outrageous and controversial characters like Borat, Ali G and Bruno, takes a look at American patriotism in his new series for Showtime.

Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series Who Is America? premiered Sunday night.

Palin last week on Facebook complained that Baron Cohen "heavily disguised himself" as a disabled US veteran in a wheelchair when she was "duped" into an interview.

Ph.D. has been referred to as a disabled veteran in some reports and Sarah Palin credits this information as why she granted an interview for the show.

Showtime also points out that Cohen's character "did not wear military apparel of any kind" in his interviews with Senator Bernie Sanders and Palin and even specifies at one point in the show that he is not disabled.

On Monday, a conservative street artist replaced a billboard near the CBS Television City complex in a Los Angeles with a doctored image of Cohen in a wheelchair wearing an Army t-shirt.

Ruddick is one of four characters Cohen created for the new seven-episode series. Palin's claims that Baron Cohen had posed as a veteran led to many of her supporters, including fellow Who Is America? victim Joe Walsh, participating in a #BoycottShowtime campaign on Twitter. "Ya' got me, Sacha".

"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", Palin wrote.

Teasers for the new series saw USA former vice president Dick Cheney signing a "waterboard kit" and Sarah Palin unleash a furious Facebook attack, upset to have been one of Cohen's pranked subjects.

Dubbing Cohen "shallow Sacha boy", she dared him to "go ahead" and "air the footage", before issuing a "challenge" that he and the networks donate the series' earnings to a charity for veterans. "Stolen Valor" scolds Sabo in both.

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