Sacha Baron Cohen, a comedian and actor well known for his crass appearance in the film “Borat,” reportedly crashed a conservative gathering at the state Capitol over the weekend.
In videos posted to social media Saturday, Cohen can be seen in character on stage singing a racist song about Mexicans and Saudis, among others, in an effort to satirize conservatives in attendance at the March for Our Rights rally.
But attendees, promoters and organizers of the event weren’t having it.
Washington Three Percenters founder Matt Marshall, who helped promote the event, and Yelm council member James Blair identified Cohen, dressed in hillbilly attire, as the singer on social media, condemning his speech.
“Sacha Baron Cohen pulled a (expletive) stunt at the March for Our Rights 3 event,” Blair wrote in a now-private Facebook post. “Disguised as a PAC out of Southern California, paid for the stage setup and musical entertainment. Came on stage disguised as the lead singer of the last band, singing a bunch of racist, hateful, disgusting (expletive).”
Cohen’s security reportedly blocked event organizers from getting to the stage to pull the plug, Blair said.
Shortly after event attendees and organizers realized what he was saying, Cohen and The Warren G. Hardings band rushed off stage and into a private ambulance.
Allen Acosta, an organizer of the event, later took to the stage and blamed himself for not vetting the political action committee more thoroughly.
“I did not know that other Americans could do that to other Americans,” he said at the event. “I did my best to vet the organizers as much I could — as you can see, they spent a lot of money … It’s on me.”
According to its Facebook page, the event was billed as a pro-Second Amendment rally where attendees were encouraged to exercise their rights.
In a Facebook post to the Washington Three Percenters’ Facebook page, Marshall decried Cohen’s actions and said his organization, while not an organizer of the event, would be willing to take the fight against Cohen’s “racist” actions to court.
“Hardings and Cohen did this for the purpose of tarnishing the image of our attendees, spreading hate, encouraging divide, and promoting their popularity in the current viral culture,” Marshall wrote.