Palin admits she was duped into appearing in Baron Cohen’s Showtime series


Sarah Palin claims she was duped into participating in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series.

The former vice presidential candidate penned a lengthy post on Facebook in which she said she was tricked into an interview for “Who Is America?”

“This ‘legit opportunity’ to honor American Vets and contribute to a ‘legit Showtime historical documentary’ as requested of me via a speakers bureau,” the 54-year-old former Alaska governor wrote.

“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.”

Palin then challenged CBS, Showtime and Cohen himself to donate all proceeds from the show to a charity for 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,” she wrote.

Baron, who hasn’t commented publicly on the allegations, is set to launch “Who Is America?” on July 15.

The satirical half-hour series will spend seven episodes exploring “the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.”

In the trailer for the show, former Vice President Dick Cheney autographed a “waterboard kit” for the comedian.

“Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins previously said in a statement.

“He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics. Nobody knows how to cause a stir like Sacha Baron Cohen, and it’s going to be fascinating to watch what happens when Who Is America? is released on the world.”

Showtime did not immediately return a request for comment on Palin's claims.