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Earlier this week, it was reported that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (a.k.a. the unconfirmed inspiration behind sketch comedy show The Whitest Kids U Know) banned Sacha Baron Cohen from attending tomorrow night's Oscars ceremony as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, the character from his upcoming film The Dictator. As it turns out, however, the high pants-wearing codgers of the Academy have apparently reversed their stance on the issue: yesterday, Oscar producer Brian Grazer gave Baron Cohen the go-ahead to walk the red carpet in character.
After Cohen took to NBC's Today Show in character to complain about the ban, threatening to retaliate against the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists" if he didn't get his tickets back, producer Brian Grazer told Extra last night that Cohen had been allowed to attend the ceremony, in full dictator regalia. "We're thrilled to have him and he'll be on the red carpet, I guess, dressed as the Dictator," Grazer said, adding that Baron Cohen would also appear in the ceremony as himself (Cohen has a role in the Best Picture nominee Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese).
In response to the Academy's decision, Cohen issued a statement as the Admiral General via the film's Twitter, 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!"
So there you have it: if you're one of those people who couldn't give less of a shit about the Oscars (i.e. if you're not an entertainment blogger/middle-aged woman/sexually confused teenage boy obsessed with Ryan Seacrest), you now have a reason to tune into the Oscar telecast tomorrow night. Because you don't want to miss out on the hilarity that ensues when some confused starlet on the red carpet mistakes Baron Cohen for a coke dealer or the dude from LMFAO.