Sacha Baron Cohen, whom some might describe as a sort of entertainment terrorist, has won: According to Deadline, Cohen — in character as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen — will attend Sunday’s (Feb. 26) Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had attempted to ban Cohen’s “The Dictator” character from the red carpet and ceremony, but apparently capitulated — possibly when they saw how much attention Cohen could bring the ratings-hungry program (or at a prearranged time in what is all part of one massive stunt perpetrated by Cohen and the Academy).
Deadline reports that Academy officials changed their mind Friday afternoon. Cohen, in character, soon issued this statement:
“VICTORY IS OURS! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea. What I am trying to say here is that the Academy have surrendered and sent over two tickets and a parking pass! TODAY OSCAR, TOMORROW OBAMA!”
We assume he’ll be attending with real-life wife Isla Fischer.
What do you think? Will Cohen live up to the hype now that there’s been so much build up around his appearance?