Booyakasha! Why Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest prank nearly went horribly wrong

Booyakasha! Why Sacha Baron Cohen's latest prank nearly went horribly wrong

Name: Sacha Baron Cohen. Age: 48. Appearance: Bearded; wearing dungarees, checked shirt and a straw hat; singing in a rather erratic American accent. I take it this is his latest character. You’re right. He has reportedly been filmed entertaining an audience of rightwingers at a March for Our Rights 3 rally in Olympia, Washington. What form did the entertainment take? It’s claimed he sang a pleasant country number about coronavirus being a hoax and other hot-button topics, and managed to get the rather sparse audience to sing along with the lyrics. Sparse audience? Yes, the joke is that it was even more poorly attended than the average Trump rally. Are you going to give us a sample of the lyrics? You bet. “Mask-wearers. What we gonna do? Inject them with the Wuhan flu. Journalists. What we gonna do? Chop ’em up like the Saudis do.” Sounds like a riot. It almost became one when the organisers rumbled him – the lyrics were a little too outre even for the pro-gun, anti-federal government beardos of Washington state. Baron Cohen (who has yet to confirm it was him) had to make a hasty exit in a private ambulance. Uninjured, thankfully. What was the purpose of the stunt? As ever, he is being secretive about what the footage is for, but the assumption is it will be used in the next series of Who Is America? What’s Who is America? A satire show on Channel 4 and the US pay-TV network Showtime […]

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