Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Showtime hits back at Sarah Palin's 'misinformation' of Sacha Baron Cohen tactics

Showtime hits back at Sarah Palin's 'misinformation' of Sacha Baron Cohen tactics

This week, comedian Ivan Decker, arts writer Tina Hassannia and CBC's Amanda Parris join guest host Talia Schlanger to discuss Sacha Baron Cohen's new satirical Showtime series, Who Is America?

The episode showed Baron Cohen disguised as Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D.to interview Sen.

Ruddick is the same character Baron Cohen adopted while speaking with Palin, for a segment that has yet to air.

But contrary to Palin's claim that the character was meant to be a disabled vet, Showtime said that the show's premiere on Sunday proved that wasn't the case.

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There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime comedy series Who Is America?

The statement went on to say that Cohen "never presented himself as a veteran of the USA military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview".

In the first episode, aired on Sunday, Baron Cohen posed as an Israeli anti-terror expert who asked two US congressmen to support his fictional Israeli programme "Kinderguardians" to teach kindergartners how to use guns.

Palin previously spoke about the whole thing on "Good Morning America", with the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor calling Cohen a "proven liar". In the works over the past year, WHO IS AMERICA? explores the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation, and features Baron Cohen experimenting in the playground of 2018 America.

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The prank comes after Sarah Palin accused Cohen, 46, of duping her into doing an interview by posing as a wounded veteran.

"(Coincidentaly, just like our Great President, I was sadly prevented from joining the regular army on my account of bone spurs bein discovered in my testies)", he wrote in apparently deliberate poor grammar and spelling.

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