British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy, for his work on his controversial Showtime series Who Is America?

Now Cohen has issued a statement about his nomination, and it included an invite for Sarah Palin. 

“I appreciate the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing me, which luckily is something that none of the guests on the show did,” Cohen said in a statement. “This is such a special honor for me as the HFPA are always among the first to really appreciate my ever evolving humor. I am humbled to be recognized among such a wonderful group of nominees, all of whom I admire. This show was a labour of love for over two years. It is a shame they overlooked the amazing performances by the rest of the cast, particularly Dick Cheney and Roy Moore. Meanwhile Ms. Palin, despite being cut from the show, I hope you will accept my invitation to be my date for the ceremony.”

Cohen and Palin have been feuding since before Who is America? aired. Back in July, the former Alaska governor slammed Cohen in a Facebook post for his “evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor,’” after he conducted an interview with her in disguise for his Showtime series.

“For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US veteran, fake wheelchair and all,” Palin wrote at the time. “Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long ‘interview’ full of Hollywoodism’s, disrespect, and sarcasm.”

Showtime quickly came to Cohen’s defense following the post and said that “Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran,” which proved to be true when the show aired.

The segment with Palin and her daughter never made it to the final cut of the series, but Cohen did give her a shout-out in the credits for the free publicity that the series received after her public criticism. So after discovering that he’d been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his performance in the series, Cohen couldn’t resist the chance at poking fun at Palin again.

Palin has yet to respond to Cohen’s public invitation to the Golden Globes, which will take place early next year, on January 6, 2019.


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