Has Sacha Baron Cohen gone too far with his newest prank?
While accepting the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, Cohen joined Salma Hayek on-stage along with a wheelchair-bound 87-year-old woman, Grace Collington, who supposedly worked with Chaplin in the 1930s.
“This is Charlie’s actual cane from ‘City Lights,’ just for you,” whispered the sweet old lady, as Cohen began playing around with it and mimicking Chaplin’s infamous penguin walk.
Things went from inspirational to downright morbid when Cohen pretended to fall into the back of Collington’s wheelchair and wound up pushing the old woman right off the stage. Reactions from the crowd ranged from immediate shock to mild confusion.
Per Deadline, Cohen’s acceptance speech began, “Grace Collington is the oldest, sorry, was the oldest… I dedicate my award to her. It’s obviously a tragedy, but on the bright side what a great way to go. She’ll probably make the Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ section.” As Collington’s body was removed from the theater, Cohen continued, “Anyway, tonight is not about her, it’s about me.”
Watch this year’s most outrageous awards moment below. Do you think Cohen’s prank was tasteless, or hilarious?