Sacha Baron Cohen reportedly crashed a far-right event in Washington this weekend disguised as a bluegrass singer.
It’s alleged that the comic actor, who is known for pulling elaborate pranks, infiltrated a rally on Saturday (June 27) organised by far-right group the Three Percenters, billed as ‘March for Our Rights 3’, and took to the stage dressed as a country singer.
In footage that has surfaced from the event, the man claimed to be Cohen can be seen encouraging festival-goers to sing about injecting scientists, journalists and political figures with the “Wuhan flu.”
“Dr Fauci, what we gonna do?/Inject him with the Wuhan flu…/Hillary Clinton, what we gonna do?/Lock her up like we used to do,” he sang.
“Wuhan flu” is believed to be a reference to the coronavirus, which was first discovered at a market in Wuhan, China.
At one point, the man on stage also convinced the crowd to sing about journalists and how they should “chop them up like the Saudis do” – a reference to the death of Jamal Khashoggi who was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018.
You have to love Sacha Baron Cohen. He manages to get a bunch of racists to do a racist singalong!pic.twitter.com/bWOEIRBUcF
— Fennars (@fennars) June 28, 2020
Sacha Baron Cohen’s
“journalists what we gonna do, chop them up like the Saudi’s do.”
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) June 28, 2020
Cohen has yet to take responsibility for the stunt, but it’s claimed by organisers that he posed as the leader of a Political Action Committee (PAC), who offered to sponsor the festival and pay for a stage and security.
Local councillor James Connor Blair said the comedian’s security blocked event organisers from removing him from the stage or pulling power from the stage’s generator. See a screenshot of his post below.
If you’re a racist asshole and Sacha Baron Cohen makes you look like a racist asshole, you probably aren’t going to generate much sympathy. pic.twitter.com/sp2o6TSE0u
— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@zaharako) June 28, 2020
After the performance, Cohen reportedly came back disguised as a cameraman to film the organiser’s response to the stunt.
SACHA BARON COHEN CAME BACK IN A DIFFERENT DISGUISE FOR THE INTERVIEWS OF THE ORGANIZERS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED. pic.twitter.com/o6Ywhsiuct
— Jan Hofdijk (@JanHofdijk) June 28, 2020
Holy shit 😂
Sacha Baron Cohen infiltrated the Washington 3% (local rightwing militia) event in Olympia a few minutes ago. A last-minute big donor paid to sponsor the event, and hire security… And then that security kept the organizers from getting on stage to stop Cohen. 😂 pic.twitter.com/mllLkKBcpZ
— Spek (@spekulation) June 27, 2020
Taking to the stage to introduce Jojo Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), the Borat comic made a barbed reference about the billionaire social media mogul.
“The hero of this next movie is a naive, misguided child who spreads Nazi propaganda and only has imaginary friends,” Baron Cohen said. “His name is Mark Zuckerberg.”