Sacha Baron Cohen Infiltrated A Right-Wing Rally And Tricked People Into Singing A Racist Song
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Sacha Baron Cohen is well known for pulling pranks on people as well as portraying bizarre and hilarious characters.
It appears he's done it again but this time at a right-wing rally held at Olympia, Washington over the weekend.
Variety has confirmed the actor and comedian was responsible for getting on stage at a Washington Three Percent rally, which, according to NPR, is a group aligned with the far-right Patriot and militia movement.
Dressed as a hillbilly, Sasha Baron Cohen infiltrated a rally being held by "The Washington State Three Percenters" - a right wing militia group - and took over the stage.
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The organiser of the rally Matt Marshall explained that a California-based group called Back To Work USA contacted them out of nowhere a week before the event and offered to pay for everything.
They provided US$50,000 to help get the rally up and running, including a stage adorned with red, white and blue balloons, a security team and country music legend Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers.
However on the day, there was a surprise addition to the musical line-up.
Marshall told NPR that he was suspicious the moment the singer stepped onto the stage
"A guy that's like wearing almost a clown suit of red, white and blue gets up there," Marshall said. "Obvious disguise. Like a fake nose and chin. And he starts playing and the first thought when you hear his voice is, 'Dude, is this like a bad impression of Borat?'"
The performer started belting out some racist and anti-Semitic lyrics and even got the crowd to sing along with him.
He sang: "Obama, what we gonna do? Inject him with the Wuhan flu. Hillary Clinton, what we gonna do? Lock her up like we used to do. Fauci don't know his head from his a**. He must be smoking grass. I ain't lying, it ain't no jokes. Corona is a liberal hoax.
"Dr. Fauci, what we gonna do? Inject him with the Wuhan flu. WHO, what we gonna do? Chop 'em up like the Saudis do."
Marshall tried to rush onto the stage and stop the performance from continuing, but a security guard stopped him.
The organiser says he's been spending years trying to convince people that his group isn't racist and was disappointed when some people started repeating the lyrics. He maintains that half the crowd left when the problematic words started.
The singer was eventually rushed out of the rally and disappeared without a trace.
Marshall recalled seeing Larry Gatlin looking horrified at what he'd just heard.
"He looked at me and said, 'Um, I thought I was coming to a Republican Second Amendment rally,'" Marshall said. "I said, 'You did come to one. Somebody's trying to hijack it. I don't know what's going on.'"
People have suspected this could be a part of an episode from Cohen's show Who Is America, where he dons different personas and interviews people, often with comedic effect.
Variety reports that Showtime hasn't renewed the series for season two.
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