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Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator to appear on Oscars red carpet

The Dictator

Story by Jack Foley

CALL it a successful publicity stunt for both the Oscars and Sacha Baron Cohen but – and perhaps unsurprisingly – The Dictator – aka Admiral General Aladeen – will now appear on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday.

After a couple of days worth of ‘wrangling’, the culmination of which saw Admiral General Aladeen putting out an enraged video message after being ‘banned’ from the ceremony and labelling members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as ‘Zionists’, he has now got his own way.

Brian Grazer, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said that Cohen was more than welcome to appear on the red carpet in character to plug his new movie, adding: “We’re thrilled to have him and he’ll be on the red carpet dressed as The Dictator.”

Cohen responded by posting a ticker tape message on his Republic of Wadiya website stating: “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!”

It now remains to be seen whether The Dictator will be allowed to rub shoulders with A-listers such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and potentially rub someone up the wrong way, on the red carpet in what is being viewed as a coup for his film’s promotional campaign.

It hasn’t harmed the Oscars chances of boosting viewer numbers either as comedy fans tune in to find out what happens next.

View The Dictator’s Facebook page or read more on the situation.

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