It is safe to say that Sacha Baron Cohen’s new CBS/Showtime series “Who Is America” is not going to portray Trump supporters in a very good light. Apparently, Sarah Palin was “duped” by the comedian famous for playing Ali G, Borat and Bruno, and took to her Facebook page to complain about it at length.
Here was her hilariously badly constructed letter addressing Cohen’s “foreign commentaries” that “disrespect our US military and middle-class Americans”:
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 speakersbureau.
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.
– Sarah Palin
Translation: I’m going to look like a complete idiot and want to create the impression that the interview was selectively edited to make me look bad.
The Trump supporting press is also going into overdrive to portray “shallow Sacha boy” as an evil liberal foreigner/globalist etc etc. The story is so important that Breitbart deemed headline worthy and have been running their exclusive piece (that consists of anonymous sources “close to Sarah Palin”).
Breitbart readers were also outraged by the British comedian and responded with the class and dignity you would expect from supporters of a racist, sexist bigot:
Palin and her supporters’ attempts to turn this into an issue about the treatment of veterans is particularly nauseating given Trump and the Republican Party have attempted to block funding for the government’s expansion of veterans health care (after most of them voted to send them to war in the first place). Of course they are doing this because they know how badly Palin and other Trump supporters are going to be portrayed and are desperate to discredit Cohen before it comes out. The problem is, Cohen is a highly intelligent comedian who will have calculated how to use this to his advantage, while Palin and Trump supporting conservatives are largely illiterate racists who fall for this type of trap over and over again without fail.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.