Sacha Baron Cohen and Sarah Palin… the former governor of Alaska says his tactics are “truly sick”. (Reuters/AP)
Provocative British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is leaving a trail of “fake interview” destruction ahead of his new television show due to air next week, duping US politicians including Sarah Palin and former vice-president Dick Cheney in elaborate pranks.
Politicians have been warned on social media to “beware” as a series of elaborate pranks scale up.
Ms Palin didn’t see the funny side of the prank and fired back on her Facebook page:
“The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse,” she wrote.
The former governor of Alaska travelled across the US with one of her daughters for what Ms Palin thought was a “legit historical documentary”.
She said on Facebook: “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 …disrespect and sarcasm.”
Ms Palin said she finally “had enough,” removed the mic and walked out of the interview.
“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. Truly sick,” Ms Palin wrote.
The Borat star released a trailer last week for his new show that showed Mr Cheney signing a large plastic bottle, described in the preview as a “waterboard kit”.
Who is America?, which is due to launch on Sunday, had been shrouded in secrecy until the trailer.
The introduction to the trailer reads: “Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year.”
The seven-episode series marks Baron Cohen’s first television project in a decade after he launched his comedy career as subversive white English rapper Ali G.
His 2006 faux documentary film Borat ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.
The new show marks a decade since Baron Cohen launched his comedy career as subversive white English rapper Ali G. (Reuters)