Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Sick’ Prank on Sarah Palin Might Constitute Stolen Valor

'Borat' star pretends to be a wounded U.S. veteran in order to score an interview with the former vice presidential candidate

“Evil, exploitative, sick.” That is how former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in a Facebook post, described a stunt by “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen in which he lured her to sit for a “historical documentary” by feigning an identity as a disabled U.S. veteran.

Palin called the ruse “perverse” — and derided Cohen’s disrespect for the military in the Tuesday post detailing the three-day bind to which Palin and her daughter were subjected.

“Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country. Truly sick,” Palin continued in her post.

Palin also noted that after she removed her microphone and walked out of the fake interview, Cohen’s production team then intentionally dropped her and her daughter off at the wrong airport — causing them to miss their flights home to Alaska.

Palin was in good company.

A tweet by Matt Drudge — who deletes his tweets after posting them — indicates that many other politicians from both sides of the aisle were victims of Baron Cohen’s antics for his upcoming “Who Is America” show.

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The names Drudge dropped as having been “finked” by Cohen included “Cheney, Palin, Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie, Trent Lott, Petraeus, Tod Koppel, and more. . .”

A resilient Palin dared Baron Cohen’s “corporate enablers” — CBS and Showtime —  to air the program, which she says she knows will be heavily edited and designed to humiliate her.

But she added this twist: She challenged them to donate all proceeds to a charity that “actually respects and supports American vets.”

Donating the proceeds from “Who Is America” to a veterans’ charity might be a good start to making things right.

Stars and Stripes defines “stolen valor” as “a term applied to the phenomenon of people falsely claiming military awards or badges they did not earn, service they did not perform, Prisoner of War experiences that never happened, and other tales of military derring-do [an act of heroic courage] that exist only in their minds.”

Might claiming to be a wounded veteran to dupe a former vice presidential candidate into appearing on one’s show in the hope of boosting viewership fit that definition of despicable behavior? Hard to say.

Donating the proceeds from “Who Is America” to a veterans’ charity might be a good start to making things right. The question is: Is it enough?

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

(photo credit, article image: Sacha Baron Cohen, CC BY-SA 2.0, by Joella Marano / Sarah Palin, CC BY-SA 2.0, by Gage Skidmore)

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