Sacha Baron Cohen trolls far-right event disguised as bluegrass singer

Carla Harmon
June 29, 2020

The comic last night led an offensive singalong at an outdoor meeting of the Washington State Three Percenters militia group.

Needless to say, it was a somewhat unwelcome surprise to organisers when Cohen - dressed in a red skivvy and blue overalls, fake beard, and a very big hat - proceeded to play a song that referenced a number of far-right and racist conspiracies, from the coronavirus being a hoax, to it being created in a lab in Wuhan, to threatening to "inject [Obama] with the Wuhan flu". The song urged listeners to attack liberals, CNN, the World Health Organization, and included shocking lyrics like "Obama what we gotta do, inject him with the Wuhan flu", and "chopping them up like the Saudis do".

Captioning the now-viral video, Rex said: "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". Lock her up like we used to do" and "WHO, what we gonna do?

Cohen's latest comedy figure 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. AdvertisementAccording to a video interview with the event organizer posted to social media, Baron Cohen first posed as a political action committee leader who offered to sponsor the event and added a new band to the schedule. Inject him with the Wuhan flu.

Apparently, his security guards had blocked the event organisers from stopping him.

Baron Cohen was honored a year ago by the Anti-Defamation League because of his record of using humor to fight hate, including through his Showtime series "Who is America?" which satirizes American politics.

After the crowd realized what he was saying, and turned on him, his security then rushed the stage and evacuated them to a waiting private ambulance that was contracted to be their escape transport.

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