Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Palin as ‘veteran’ character

Matt Saintsing
July 12, 2018 - 4:35 pm

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Sacha Baron Cohen responded to Sarah Palin Thursday in a stunning rebuke saying she had been hit with a “bullshit grenade,” and is “now bleedin’ FAKE NEWS.”
The tweet wasn’t from Baron Cohen’s official Twitter account but from “Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D.,” the name of a character Cohen plays in the upcoming Showtime series “Who is America,” which premieres Sunday. 

“Vice-President Palin,” the letter begins. “I did not say I was a war Vet. I was in the service - not military, but United Parcel, and I only fought for my country once - when I shot a Mexican who came onto my property.” 

Palin claims she was tricked into an interview for the show after the controversial comedian pretended to be a military veteran. Baron Cohen…well Ruddick, really...clarified his “service” claiming he worked for United Parcel Service, better known as UPS. 

The controversy kicked off Tuesday when Palin, the former Alaska governor, wrote that she and a daughter traveled across the country for what they thought was a real interview. Palin charges that Baron Cohen disguised himself and played a disabled U.S. military veteran in a wheelchair. 

“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 (sic) chagrin,” Palin told the Daily Mail. 

Baron Cohen’s character, Ruddick Jr, Ph.D., also runs the site, a website purportedly run by Ruddick who carries out investigations “for the good of the American people.” The website is clearly satirical with headlines ranging from, “Obama is a Kenyan” to “The Apollo Hoax” in an apparent riff on conspiracy theories. 

The letter goes on to laud Palin for “TELLING THE TRUTH about Obama’s birth certificate and the location of Russia.” 

But Palin’s wasn’t the only target. Disgraced U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore released a statement revealing that he too was duped, saying he was humiliated by Baron Cohen. “I don’t need Sacha Cohen to tell me who America is, but I can tell him that America is a proud Nation which sprang from humble beginnings and a strong belief in God, virtue, and morality,” Moore said in a statement. 

“As an American, I would never hide my identity and deceive others only to mock and ridicule them as this Showtime series is designed to do. America is not only about being proud but about being brave and standing for what we believe.”

Baron Cohen seems to be targeting Republicans since conservative pundit and former U.S. Cong. Joe Walsh (R - IL.) said on Twitter that he was also tricked into an interview for the show. 

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