Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the Academy Award nominated film Hugo and upcoming film The Dictator, was reportedly banned from the Academy Awards. Cohen suggested that he wanted to appear on the Oscars red carpet in the character of General Aladeen (the role he will be playing in The Dictator). The Awards committee said that he could attend, just not in costume. Although Paramount Pictures stated that he was effectively barred from the Awards ceremony.
Now, Cohen has released a new video in the character of General Aladeen, speaking out against the Oscars and proclaiming “death to the West”. In this spoof PSA, he calls the United States the “great Satan of America”. He also jokes about paying Hillary Swank to be his date and potential STD’s at Brett Ratner’s after party.
You can watch the spoof PSA below. Let us know if you think it’s funny or in bad taste.
Hugo received 11 Academy Award nominations.