Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen accepted an award for comedy at the BAFTAs and, as tends to happen with him, things went a little haywire. Accepting a vintage cane in honor of Charlie Chaplin, he did a little Chaplinesque dance around the elderly lady who had honored him -- a wheelchair-bound woman named Grace Cullington, who was introduced as the oldest living actress to have been in a silent movie with the legendary Chaplin. But then, in front of audience stars like George Clooney and Sigourney Weaver, he suddenly slipped and knocked the octogenarian right off the stage. Cut to commercial!
Check it out here:
YIKES. Pretty horrific, eh?
But, oh yeah, it was all fake. The old lady was actually a stuntwoman and she's just fine. It was all a little joke, you see.
A lot of people didn't find it funny and Cohen was criticized for being crass. Certainly, if you weren't in on the joke, your heart would have been in your throat as you watched the elderly lass take a dive off the stage.
As soon as she went flying, the show cut to commercial, leaving people to wonder if she was okay. Cohen kept in character as the camera returned to him, pretending the woman was now dead:
Grace Cullington is the oldest, no, sorry, was the oldest surviving. I dedicate my award to her. This is obviously a tragedy. She has upstaged me. But on the bright side, what a great way to go, giving an award to me. Thus, she’ll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam segment. I’d like to say a few words to her family: Do not try to sue me. If you decide to get the lawyers involved, I will take you down just like I did your granny. The cane that woman forced on me was clearly defective and I’ve got lots of witnesses. At least 400 in this room and at least 500 watching on TV. Anyway, tonight is not about her, it’s about me.
Err, okay. Not exactly the classiest joke in the world, but still pretty funny if you ask me. Then again, I have a sick sense of humor. Anyway, what would you expect from Borat?
Did you think this was funny or in bad taste?
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