Sacha Baron Cohen Reflects On Capitol Riot
Many celebrities, including Late Night hosts, spoke about the tragic incident that took place in the U.S. Capitol. Sacha Baron Cohen is known for his keen observation, and political comedy films opened up about the entire deadly riot.
The 49-year-old actor has been actively criticizing the misinformation spread through social media. However, the actor finally celebrated after Twitter and Facebook decided to ban President Donald Trump.
The actor took Twitter on Jan. 8 and applauded the decision while noting that this is the most important thing that happened on social media. The Da Ali G Show star further noted that social media's biggest platforms had banned the person who used to spread hate, conspiracies, and lies.
"This is the most important moment in the history of social media. To every Facebook and Twitter employee, user, and advocate who fought for this–the entire world thanks you!" the actor added. Along with the tweet, the actor also posted a picture of the 45th president of the United States.
The ban took place after the U.S. Capitol was stormed on Jan. 6, following the president's encouragement through social media. While Facebook has suspended his account until his presidential term comes to an end, Twitter has decided to permanently ban him.
Before Twitter made the decision to ban him, Cohen urged the social giant to take this step. The actor wrote that there are five people who lost their lives due to lies amid election time. The actor further noted that Twitter has helped to spread such lies in a way and asked how many people will die more before the ban takes place.
He further wrote that the group of civil rights is asking the platform to do what is right for democracy. Last year, the actor appeared at the Anti-Defamation League event and emphasized adding more restrictions to social media to protect democracy and stop hate speech.
Cohen revealed that a bunch of social media companies facilitates all the violence and hate. Moreover, the actor addressed these companies as the "greatest propaganda machine." The actor released his latest movie, Borat's sequel, last year and said that the aim was to deliver a specific message.
The actor said that he wanted people to vote for democracy instead of someone spreading hate. However, the actor noted that it is dangerous to learn that 80% of people who voted believed that the election was rigged.