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Sacha Baron Cohen made a secret appearance at a Conservative rally in Washington state on Saturday, where he encouraged attendees to sing along to racially insensitive lyrics.
A rally, billed as “March for Our Rights 3,” took place at Olympia’s Heritage Park Saturday. Washington State Patrol troopers told The Olympian that the event attracted over 500 attendees.
James Connor Blair, a city council member in Yelm, Washington, took to Facebook to write about the surprise appearance, in which he claims Cohen came onstage disguised as a singer for a band and sang “racist, hateful” lyrics.
In videos posted of the performance online, Cohen could be overheard singing lyrics such as, “Obama, what we gotta do? / Inject him with the Wuhan flu” and “Corona is a liberal hoax” as he encouraged the audience to sing along.
“His security blocked event organizers from getting him off the stage or pulling power from the generator,” Blair wrote. As soon as the crowd caught on to the racist lyrics, “security rushed the stage and evacuated them to a waiting private ambulance that was contracted to be their escape transport. It was a set up [sic], and smack in the face of the great people who put on this event.”
The Washington State Three Percenters, who organized the rally, also addressed the performance on their Facebook page, calling it a “display of disgusting antics.”
“We of the WA3% were appalled at the performance of an entertainer adorned in clown-face, who — much to our group’s mutual repugnance — voiced a series of racist and antisemitic jokes and songs, while on the stand,” the organization wrote. “This display of disgusting antics was neither condoned nor accepted by WA3%, and we disavow any affiliation with this lamentable individual. Our ranks enjoy the membership of every race, religion, and creed, and such despicable behavior is NEVER allowed within our group, and if it ever arises, it causes the immediate dismissal of the perpetrator.”
In other videos posted online, event organizers are shown explaining that they only knew that someone was added last minute to the performance lineup by the production company. After hearing the lyrics being sung, an organizer says attempts were made to locate the production manager to stop the performance, only to discover they were nowhere to be found.
The comedian and performance artist has been relatively quiet in the pranks department since his 2018 Showtime series Who Is America?, in which he disguised himself as a wounded U.S. veteran to gain an audience with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and got former Vice President Dick Cheney to sign a waterboard.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast in 2018, Cohen said Who Is America? would not return for a second season. Cohen also noted that he didn’t have other characters prepared should he change his mind: “It’s like The Ali G Show in England — I did one season. And the idea is not to make it a Seinfeld or an SNL,” he said.
Reps for Cohen did not respond to THR‘s request for comment. Showtime declined comment.
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