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Sacha Baron Cohen’s U.S. TV show disrupts ahead of first broadcast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Provocative British comic Sacha Baron Cohen’s new tv show is making headlines within the United States even earlier than its first episode is aired, with conservative figures Sarah Palin and Joe Walsh saying they had been duped by him.

“Who is America?”, attributable to launch on Sunday on cable channel Showtime, has been shrouded in secrecy aside from a trailer displaying former U.S. protection secretary Dick Cheney signing a big bottle described as a water-boarding equipment.

The seven-episode collection marks Baron Cohen’s first tv undertaking in a decade after he launched his comedy profession as subversive white English rapper Ali G., whose interviews included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich. His 2006 fake documentary movie “Borat” ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.

Palin, the 2008 U.S. vice-presidential candidate, says she was tricked into an interview, ostensibly about American veterans, by an individual dressed as a disabled U.S. serviceman.

Former U.S. Republican congressman Joe Walsh, now a conservative speak radio host, stated he was persuaded to do an interview on Israel. Walsh additionally referred to as for a boycott of Showtime, a unit of CBS.

Showtime had no touch upon Wednesday on the accounts by Palin and Walsh and has declined to provide particulars of the collection, or who will probably be showing.

“I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick “humor” of the British “comedian” Sacha Baron Cohen,” Palin wrote in a Facebook submit on Tuesday.

Palin stated a person she believed to be Cohen “heavily disguised himself as a disabled U.S. Veteran, fake wheelchair and all … I sat through a long “interview” full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm – however lastly had sufficient and actually, bodily eliminated my mic and walked out.”

Walsh tweeted on Wednesday that he believed Palin’s account as a result of “i too was duped … it was much of the same she experienced.”

Walsh, who has sturdy pro-Israel views, stated he was invited to a dinner for defenders of Israel and requested to movie an interview.

“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.

He stated he “stopped and questioned their direction” after which producers “rushed me out of the studio as an apparent fight broke out. Strangest interview of my life.”

Walsh included the hashtag #boycottShowtime on his collection of tweets, whereas Palin requested Baron Cohen and Showtime to donate the proceeds from the show “to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets.”

FILE PHOTO: Presenter Sacha Baron Cohen poses on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on the Royal Opera House in London, February 14, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Rosalba O’Brien

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