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Former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin lashed out at the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, claiming he tricked her into an interview for his upcoming TV show.
Palin said she was lured in under the auspices of doing an interview for what she thought was a legitimate historical documentary for a US TV network, Showtime. She sat for a long interview with someone she “presumes” to have been Cohen – disguised as a disabled U.S. military veteran.
“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,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post.
Palin challenged the makers of the program to donate its proceeds to a charity supporting American veterans.
“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,” wrote Palin.
In what appears to be a plug for the upcoming show, Cohen’s Twitter feed features a short video with Dick Cheney signing what’s suggested to be a waterboard kit.
Attempts to reach Cohen and a Showtime spokesperson weren’t immediately successful.