Sacha Baron Cohen made an appearance on the “Today Show” with a video response to the recent Oscar controversy.
Cohen was dressed as General Aladeen, his character from his upcoming movie “The Dictator, and delivered an address to the Academy, stating, “While I applaud the academy for taking away my right to free speech … I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctions and give me my tickets back by 12 Pm on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences!”
The video from Cohen comes on the heels of reports that the Academy banned the actor from attending Sunday’s award ceremony.
CBS clarified the situation, explaining that he is not banned but they don’t want him walking the red carpet as “The Dictator”.
At the end of Cohen’s funny video, he said he had paid actress Hilary Swank $2 million to be his date for the ceremony “and she will not refund a penny,” joking about Swank attending a birthday party for a war criminal.
Sacha finished the video with encouragement for Billy Crystal, stating, “Good luck Billy Crystals, you are fantastic!”
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