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Sacha Baron Cohen's Dictator Releases Statement Condemning Oscar Producers for Banning Him: VIDEO

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In classic form, Sacha Baron Cohen is making hay of Oscar producers' orders (and refusal to issue him tickets) that he not come to the show dressed as the Middle-Eastern Dictator character from his upcoming film. This morning he released a video statement to them.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

And here's his interview with Ann Curry on Today:

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  1. Does anyone older than 15 think he is funny...?

    Good for the Oscars. I watch that show because I want to see actors and real people, not the characters they are playing and promoting. There are many ways for Cohen to advertise and the Oscar stage is not that place.

    Posted by: Chadd | Feb 24, 2012 11:36:28 AM


  2. Chadd, thanks. I don't get this guy at all.

    Posted by: Butch | Feb 24, 2012 11:52:26 AM


  3. Ha, nice burn at Hillary Swank.

    Say what you want, I think Cohen's Borat and the Borat series on Ali G is one of the funniest, smartest things I've ever seen. He's brilliant.

    Posted by: Mike C. | Feb 24, 2012 12:21:28 PM


  4. Cohen is trying to hijack the Oscars for his own promotion. He is only out for his own self, and not supporting Hollywood or the Oscars. I say, let him go back to England.

    Posted by: Drake | Feb 24, 2012 12:26:29 PM


  5. When will he create a Jewish character?

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 24, 2012 12:51:32 PM


  6. I'm 66 years old and think he's funny as hell. Senility you may think, Well up yours buddy! Ha! The guy takes being over the top to a new level of over the toppness.

    With his absurd humor he does manage to stick it to a number of people who need stuck. I couldn't handle a steady diet of him but I appreciate his style.Loosen up and laugh, it can't hurt ya to laugh can it?

    Posted by: Village Elder | Feb 24, 2012 1:24:30 PM


  7. VILLAGE ELDER: I think he's great too.

    Love the Billy Crystal bit at the end.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Feb 24, 2012 1:47:49 PM


  8. The Oscars aren't meant to be a publicity stunt for him. He needs to be respectful of the Academy, and his peers.

    Posted by: Davelandia | Feb 24, 2012 1:53:42 PM


  9. Hilarious. He is a comic gem!

    Posted by: leprechaunvict | Feb 24, 2012 2:09:20 PM


  10. He's a showman. You can't buy this kind of publicity.

    Posted by: Rance | Feb 24, 2012 2:10:47 PM


  11. I usually defend him, but this is just stupid.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 24, 2012 2:20:40 PM


  12. Of course - the Oscars are no place for promoting things ;) Please...! This show is the biggest infomercial ever. The only reason it exists is to promote stars and movies.

    Posted by: benwick | Feb 24, 2012 2:22:39 PM


  13. The Oscars used to be about glamour and talented movie stars. Now it's all about who kisses the Academy's ass. They have failed to evolve with the times and franly they have made themselves irrelevant. And now we are back to Billy Crystal hosting. Come on, I can't remember the last thing that I saw him in. This is a nightmare in the making. Shame on you Academy for continuing to have a tree branch up your asses. A stick up their asses is too small. You have really f*cked this one up! Better luck in the future.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 24, 2012 5:47:22 PM


  14. I'll be worried about Sacha Barron Cohen not wanting to support the Oscars when the Oscars starts worrying about wanting to support good movies. Did anyone see the nominations this year? It's a JOKE!

    Truly crap movies were nominated in the top 10 (Extremely Loud? Seriously?!), while some of the year's best -- from 50/50 to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- were completely snubbed. And, where the hell was Michael Fassbender? He's probably going to win the freaking BAFTA and not even be nominated in this country, all because he showed peen on screen. BFD!

    Then, awarding movies like Crash and King's Speech over Brokeback Mountain and Social Network (or even Black Swan) is another outrage. And these are just from the past few years.

    Seriously, why on earth are people upset that he'd be lighthearted in the presentation? What's the worst thing that could have happened? An actual 2 minute funny bit? The Oscars, if they were smart, would have given him that bit and tried to work with Cohen, instead of against him. Like or hate Cohen, he's damn talented (even when he plays it straight), very smart and has some brilliant characters.

    Suffice it to say, the Oscars is *entirely* about promotion... and the movies they pick and choose to promote has little to do with those that are deserving of the award itself.

    That others would try to use the Oscars for promotion too is nothing new -- and at least Cohen is being *honest* about it, instead of doing everything behind the scenes, like Crash did when it bought the thousands of Oscar voters a free copy of their DVD, and other behind the scenes shenanigans that go on *every year* to rig the system. I'll take transparent motivation over behind-the-scenes manipulation any day of the week.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 24, 2012 6:35:33 PM


  15. Sacha Baron Cohen should do more nude scenes.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Feb 24, 2012 11:41:18 PM


  16. Unfortunately, Hollywood thinks that the Oscars show is serious television. If it was, it would be on Public Television along with "Downton Abbey". It is really only a boring version of "Saturday Night Live".

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Feb 25, 2012 8:47:15 PM


  17. The Oscars backed down and he's going to be there in character. Glad to see however, that I'm not the only person who doesn't find him funny.

    Posted by: ThomT | Feb 25, 2012 10:27:42 PM


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