Sacha Baron Cohen hits back in character at 'fake news' Sarah Palin

Cohen poses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

Sacha Baron Cohen hits back in character at 'fake news' Sarah Palin

Former Alabama judge Roy Moore hinted Wednesday that he too was duped by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, becoming the latest conservative to complain in advance of a new series Cohen has been filming.

Who Is America? premieres Sunday, July 15 at 10/9c on Showtime.

Baron Cohen successfully lampooned a host of prominent figures in American politics, including former Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean. His 2006 faux documentary film "Borat" ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.

Cohen's in character as his latest persona, Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr, Ph.D, when interviewing Palin for his forthcoming seven-episode comedy Who Is America? She was greeted by a man in a wheelchair, presumably Cohen, who identified himself as a veteran and proceeded to conduct "a long interview full of Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm".

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Showtime had no comment, per usual.

Palin had slammed Baron Cohen for duping her and one of her daughters with a bogus interview, saying he posed a disabled military veteran and has called on Baron Cohen and Showtime to donate the proceeds of their series.

Furious to have been duped, Palin contacted one of the world's most prestigious news organizations (The Daily Mail), and challenged Cohen, Showtime and CBS to donate all the proceeds from Who Is America? to a charity benefiting actual wounded United States military veterans. Much like Sarah Palin being asked weird questions by any stranger she encounters in a wheelchair, we are prepared to accept all of this at face value.

"I was rushed to the studio, production was a mess, I sat down and we started talking pro-Israel stuff, Israeli defense, and then out of left field the interviewer starts talking about how children should defend themselves against terrorist attacks", Walsh tweeted.

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