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Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Dictator' Threatens The Academy Awards In Hilarious New Video

Fri, February 24, 2012 2:51pm EDT by Add first Comment

His Excellency Admiral General Aladeen fires back at the Academy after Sacha was banned from walking the red carpet dressed as the controversial character.

Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen has something he’d like you to know. In a video released Feb. 24, the Wadiyan dictator threatens the “Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Zionists” with “unimaginable consequences” if his tickets to the 84th Annual Academy Awards aren’t returned by 12 p.m. on Sunday. On Feb. 22, the Academy stripped Aladeen’s portrayer, Sacha Baron Cohen, of his tickets to the ceremony after the Borat star announced his intention to appear in character on the red carpet in order to promote his upcoming movie The Dictator.

In the hilarious — and politically incorrect — video, Aladeen addresses “the great Satan of America” while condemning the Academy for ignoring such fine Wadiyan films as “When Harry Kidnapped Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail Bomb” and “Planet of the Rapes.” He also makes it clear he wants his tickets back, as he’s already paid Hilary Swank $2 million to be his date. Before signing off, he wishes Oscar host “Billy Crystals” good luck. “You’re fantastic,” he says.

Shortly after posting the video on YouTube, Sacha called in to Today as Aladeen to discuss the issue with hosts Carl Quintanilla and Ann Curry. “I actually delayed 30 executions to do this,” he stated on the air.

What a genius marketing move! Count on Sacha to use the ban to his advantage. Whether or not the funny man makes it to the Oscars, he’s already generated tons of publicity for The Dictator.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Has Sacha gone too far, or is the Academy being unreasonable? Watch Sacha’s video and vote:

— Josh Rosenblatt