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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:45 AM

Sacha Baron Cohen's latest prank involves a racist singalong at a far-right rally

Sacha Baron Cohen drew eyes to Olympia, Wash., over the weekend by attending a far-right March for Our Rights rally. The comedian, known for bringing his satirical characters into real-world settings, posed as an event sponsor and led the crowd in an absurd singalong for several minutes.

In a video uploaded to YouTube and shared on social media, a rally organizer said the production company at the last minute added a sponsor they hadn't worked with before. That man got onstage and about halfway through the set, according to the organizer, sang "pretty racist and divisive lyrics." The group attempted to get him off the stage, but Cohen's hired security stood in the way. They also blocked the generators, impeding the organizers' ability to cut power to the microphone.

Dressed in a cowboy hat and overalls, Cohen sang racist lyrics attacking President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Anthony Fauci, as well as CNN and the World Health Organization. He repeatedly mentioned "the Wuhan Flu," a phrase some lawmakers have used to blame China for the spread of the novel coronavirus, and talked about "chopping them up like the Saudis do." The crowd cheered and joined in.

The Saturday rally was a gathering of "constitutionalist" factions like the Washington Three Percent, which, as NPR noted in an interview with its founder, is associated with "the far-right Patriot and militia movement" as well as other groups that extremism trackers have placed in the anti-government category. The Washington Three Percent denied organizing the rally in a Facebook post, but expressed support for the cause and condemned Cohen's actions as a way of "tarnishing the image of our attendees, spreading hate, encouraging divide, and promoting their popularity in the current viral culture."

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:10 AM

1. The irony, it stings...

The "Three Percenters" accuse COHEN of "spreading hate, encouraging divide"???

Seriously?? They must be doing some very good crack to make that statement with a straight face....

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:19 AM

2. 'The crowd cheered and joined in."

Of course it did.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:59 AM

3. He had quite a few singing along, loud and proud! A mic doesn't pick up just a couple like

that, you could hear them really well. No one forced them to do that. It was a masterstroke!

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