Showtime is being very quiet and mysterious when it comes to Who Is America?, the new interview show thing from Sacha Baron Cohen, but it turns out that the network doesn’t really have to do anything when the participants are so embarrassed that they end up promoting it themselves. That’s what Sarah Palin seems to be doing at least, as she recently admitted to The Daily Mail that she got conned into giving an interview to a disguised Cohen for the new show.
Palin says Cohen had “disguised himself as a disabled U.S. veteran, fake wheelchair and all,” and she “sat through a long ‘interview’ full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm.” Eventually, she says she “had enough” and “literally, physically” removed her mic and walked out “much to Cohen’s chagrin.” Now, there are a couple of things to unpack there, including the unnecessarily specific note that she “literally” took her mic off, but the idea that Sacha Baron Cohen was actually frustrated that Sarah Palin saw through his gag after a “long” chat might be one of the most ridiculous claims she’s made. (Alright, we know it’s not even close to some of her stupidest comments over the years, but come on.)
Palin also suggests that she’s totally cool with Showtime airing the interview—which she actually flew to Washington D.C. for—and that anything they show won’t bother her because she knows it’ll all be “heavily edited” and “intended to humiliate.” That being said, it does clearly bother her a little bit, since she refers to Cohen as “shallow Sacha boy” for some reason and says the whole thing was “perverse.”
Basically, if you want to see Sarah Palin look like a fool, check out Showtime on Sunday nights.