It’s too bad Ashton Kutcher can’t take credit for this one: Conservative muckraker Jason Mattera attempted to barrage U2’s Bono with a slew of controversial questions last month. Problem was, it wasn’t Bono he was bombarding, but rather Bono impersonator Pavel Sfera.
According to The Washington Post, the onslaught occurred at an L.A. event where Bono was slated to appear. Mattera attended the event, hoping to corner Bono about U2’s decision to move their business from Ireland to the Netherlands purportedly to avoid paying taxes.
“Do you find it hypocritical that you encourage Western countries to give money over to Africa, and then you take your money and put it into a tax haven?” fires Mattera in the video. But the matter is seemingly lost on Sfera, who repeatedly responds with, “I didn’t,” and, “It’s not my company.” Watch the video after the jump:
Mattera clearly was unaware that he wasn’t speaking to the U2 frontman, oblivious to the fact that Bono’s trademark Irish accent had mysteriously disappeared. “I got punked,” said Mattera in a statement. “I thought I got Bono. I didn’t. I got his impersonator apparently. Hats off to him. He got me — and how!”
Mattera — who’s famously known for bombarding celebrities by pretending to ask for a photo but then launching into a barrage of inflammatory questions — made headlines last year after pulling a similar stunt with Vice President Joe Biden. “I’m now left to ponder: was that really Vice President Joe Biden I talked to?” he now joked.
Mattera also took to Twitter to address the matter, tweeting: “I promise to ambush every impersonator until I get to the real Bono.”
What do you think PopWatchers? Did Mattera get a taste of his own medicine?