The Truth About Sacha Baron Cohen And Sarah Palin's Feud

Sacha Baron Cohen has made plenty of enemies throughout his career thanks to his unique approach of cornering some of American's most controversial political figures. By creating outlandish characters that challenge their beliefs, he's been able to capture some jaw-dropping content. This includes convincing Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, that it's a good idea to arm children as young a 3 years old with weapons on his show, Who Is America?, all while disguised as "anti-terrorist expert."

Although the show got rave reviews and several award nominations, some of the interviewees were none too pleased to be an unwitting part of the cast. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was particularly ticked when Cohen, dressed as a disabled U.S. veteran, interviewed her for the show. His prank on Palin didn't make the show's final cut, but regardless, the Alaskan didn't appreciate Cohen's deception.

"Yup– we were duped. Ya' got me, Sacha. Feel better now?" she wrote on Facebook in July 2018. The interview took place in November 2017, but she didn't identify the man behind the mask at the time, per People. After the release of the show's trailer, she was able to put the pieces of the puzzle together prompting her response. "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," she claimed. Despite Palin's upset, Cohen didn't stand down. Keep scrolling for more details about their feud.

Sacha Baron Cohen doesn't back down from a feud, and neither does his characters

Sarah Palin was definitely upset that Sacha Baron Cohen tried to pull one over on her. Instead of apologizing to save face, though, the comedian flipped the script on the political figure. Just one day after Palin accused the comedian of trickery, Cohen didn't break character, taking to Twitter as Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr, the disabled veteran who interviewed her, to respond.

"Vice-President Palin, I am Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick ... and it was I that interviewed you. I did NOT say I was a War Vet. I was in the service — not military, but United Parcel," the mock letter read. "I have always admired you for TELLING THE TRUTH about Obama's birth certificate and the location of Russia," he continued. "You used to hunt the most dangerous animals in the country, like wolves and people on welfare. So why hunt a fine citizen journalist like myself? I DEMAND AN APOLOGY."

According to People, the interview "looked legit" until Dr. Ruddick asked about a "sex-change operation for Chelsea Clinton," prompting the former governor to walk out. Additionally, the comedian was accused of egging her on "to say something homophobic and hateful."

While it was "Dr. Ruddick" who first responded to Palin, Cohen as Cohen officially addressed the situation while thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press for his Golden Globes nomination, inviting Palin to be his date to the awards, per People. Well played, Cohen. Well played.