News & Opinion | July 13, 2018 9:17 am

Sacha Baron Cohen Responds to Sarah Palin in Character

Cohen tweeted an in-character reply under the pseudonym Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., PhD.

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Sacha Baron Cohen onstage at the Friars Club Honoring Martin Scorsese With the Entertainment Icon Award at Cipriani Wall Street on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has responded to Sarah Palin, who took to Facebook on Tuesday to air her grievances against Cohen. The former Alaskan governor claims Cohen tricked her into an interview for his new show, Who is America, by posing as a military veteran.

“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, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime,” Palin wrote on Facebook.

Cohen tweeted an in-character reply under the pseudonym Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., PhD, who is the protagonist he plays on the new show.

The tweet shows a picture of a letter made to look as it was created on a typewriter.

“…[I]t was I that interviewed you,” the letter reads in part, according to The New York Post. “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 called Cohen’s response a “list of unfunny lies, this time typewritten for all to see.”