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Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From Oscars, or Are We Being Set Up? (VIDEO)

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Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM
click to enlarge Cohen as the General.
  • Cohen as the General.

Calling the organizer of the Oscar Awards the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists," Sacha Baron Cohen character General Shabazz Aladeen threatened grave consequences if the Oscars people didn't reactivate his tickets to the big show Sunday.

That's right, Aladeen said the Academy will face "unimaginable consequences" if he didn't get his passes by noon that day.

The organizers reportedly pulled his right to be on the red carpet. Why?

The storyline is that the Academy doesn't want to play sucker to a typical Cohen ambush: He had planned to walk the red carpet as Aladeen, a character from his upcoming film, Dictator.

So the actor, who was invited to the Awards for his role in the Best Picture nominee Hugo, took to YouTube to decry the organization "for taking away my right to free speech."

The Middle Eastern General is righteous ...

... Except that this is all shaping up to be a pretty slick media stunt.

Oscars producer Brian Grazer told Access Hollywood that ...

We absolutely respect him as an artist and he's allowed to come. He's coming. In fact, he's even part of the ... he show... as himself.

Uh-huh. We're suckers for Sacha. Can't wait.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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