It’s an understatement to say that 2020 is the messiest year on record. Like, we’ve got Drag Race contestants having to walk back statements they previously made about the coronavirus being a hoax, Kanye West is working for The Gap again, and TikTok teens are fucking with the RSVP numbers at Trump rallies. And that’s on top of the murder hornets and COVID-19 and everything else that has made the past 6 months feel like 6 years. But there’s one thing that happened recently that might have brought back feelings of nostalgia and familiar comfort for some. And that’s that Sacha Baron Cohen crashed an event in disguise, just to embarrass and anger some right-wing Americans.
An event called the March For Our Rights 3 happened in Olympia, Washington on Saturday. It was an event put on by a militia group called the Washington State Three Percenters, who are very conservative and love guns very, very much. At some point during the event, Sacha, dressed like”Mario and Luigi’s hillbilly uncle,” took to the stage and presented himself as the leader of some political action committee. Once onstage, Sacha proceeded to lead the crowd in a hateful call-and-response singalong, which many enthusiastically participated in. via TMZ:
Cohen began singing about injecting former President Obama, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the World Health Org. and others with the “Wuhan flu.” You hear people in the audience join in. And then, he suggests an alternative…’chop them up like the Saudi’s do,’ and the crowd chimes in.
As you can hear, there are a few “booos” from the audience. So why didn’t anyone hop on stage and yank his mic? Deadline describes how Sacha allegedly got away with so much uninterrupted time on stage.
An organizer for the event claimed that a large, late donation from California was the incentive to allow the sing-along. Cohen had his own security on hand to prevent the plug from being pulled and assure his safety once the attendees caught on to his act.
One event organizer claimed that they did try to end the singalong once they realized the bearded man was singing offensive, hateful shit. Said organizer also realized it was Sacha Baron Cohen, and that they’d been had.
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
An Olympia city council person named James Blair reportedly called Sacha out on Facebook after his appearance at the event went viral, and claims that the crowd of attendees turned on him. I don’t know about all the attendees. That video is proof that at least 3% of people went home humming, “Whatcha gonna do” while tapping their favorite firearm resting across their lap.
This post is by a city council member in Yelm, Washington. Earlier this afternoon, Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the event of Washington 3% – a right-wing group of armed insurrectionists and white supremacists – in Olympia.
I look forward to the video… pic.twitter.com/zilUA2zJQU
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 28, 2020
TMZ reached out to Sacha’s people to see if this stunt was part of his 2018 Showtime series, Who Is America?. Which would make sense, considering he seemed to have a really good time poking at right-wingers while filming the first season. But Sacha himself has said that there would be no second season, due to it being next to “impossible” to travel under the radar. Of course, that statement could have been his way to keep any pranking on the down-low. So, who knows. But I’m sure there’s one person who is pleased with all of this, and it’s Mark Zuckerberg. Sacha didn’t drag Mark’s name into this mess, as he has been known to do. Or maybe Sacha cut his name after deciding that rhyming “Zuckerberg” with “giant turd” was just too lazy.