Published Mar 21, 2012Here's a cautionary tale for all aspiring journalists in search of the latest scoop: if you're attempting to ambush a celebrity with an impromptu interview, make sure that you're actually talking to the right person. Conservative journalist Jason Mattera made that mistake recently when he attempted to interview Bono, but actually ended up speaking with an impersonator of the U2 singer.
Yesterday (March 20), a video of the interview was posted on Breitbart and other conservative websites. In the clip, Mattera grills a man wearing a black suit and large sunglasses about why U2 moved their operations to Holland as an alleged tax-dodging measure. The man, who looks a heck of a lot like Bono, claims to have no control over U2.
Mattera apparently even took to The Sean Hannity Show to brag about how he got the interview through "basic shoeleather journalism." He's no longer gloating, however, since many folks who saw the clip pointed out that the man wasn't actually Bono, but a professional impersonator.
The interviewer tried to downplay the gaffe in an email to the Washington Post [via Media Matters for America], and admitted, "I got punked. I thought I got Bono. I didn't. I got his impersonator apparently. Hats off to him. He got me -- and how! After scores of interviews with big-time politicians and celebrities, I finally got had. It was bound to happen sooner or later. On the bright side, if I'm gonna get had as good as I did, it might as well be in pursuit of one of the greatest rockers ever."
The Washing Post also tracked down the impersonator, Pavel Sfera, who can be found at Bonodouble.com. "I didn't think he was being legitimate and fair," the impersonator said. "I think in the end he was trying to find dirt, and I wasn't there to give it to him. I didn't speak as Bono for Bono with an Irish accent."
Watch the clip below. Kudos to Sfera for never actually lying, since he flat-out tells Mattera, "It's not my company."