A ‘Dictator’ Mocks America’s Enemies


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In the end, the negative publicity incurred by the ban pressured the Academy to back down and allow “The Dictator” to walk the red carpet, which Cohen did in full dictator regalia, flanked by two sexy bodyguards a là Gadhafi. The Dictator greeted interviewer Ryan Seacrest with “Death to the West!” In response to Seacrest’s obligatory fashion question – “Who are you wearing?” – he replied, “John Galliano,” an insider reference to the fashion designer whose drunken, anti-Semitic rant (“I love Hitler!”) was caught on video a year ago.

Cohen also claimed to be carrying an urn containing the ashes of “close friend and doubles tennis partner Kim Jong-Il,” which he proceeded to spill all over a displeased Seacrest and the carpet, prompting an instant response from Academy security (some perhaps rightly suspect that the entire fiasco was collusion between Cohen and the Academy to bring attention to both parties).

The website for The Dictator is set up as a faux tribute to dictator Aladeen and his fictional country of Wadiyah. It features actual web links to North Korea, Iran, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Robert Mugabe, among others. The calendar notes such events as Holocaust Remembrance Day (“At this somber occasion, Aladeen remembers all those who were so tragically released from Auschwitz”), UN inspections (“MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MEMORIZED YOUR LINES AND STICK TO THE SCRIPT OR ELSE”), and the anniversary of the death of the Dictator’s father (“Everyone will spontaneously start weeping for 16 hours starting at 7:00 AM”).

The site’s tourism link features such attractions as the Wadiyah Museum of Tolerance (“Women, Jews, and disabled not allowed”) and the National Parliament Building (“The perfect state of our nation has rendered political debate superfluous. Which means you can visit this cavernous empty chamber on any day. What so-called Western democracy can say that?”). The site also contains brief histories of Wadiyah and of Aladeen himself (“Aladeen is born. He delivers himself, cuts his own umbilical cord, and immediately delivers a most-inspiring speech criticizing the treachery of the Western nations”).

While comedian Will Ferrell ridicules former President George W. Bush, and Tina Fey mocks Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, Sacha Baron Cohen takes humiliating potshots at America’s Jew-hating totalitarian enemies. Hate him or love him, whatever you think about Cohen, his sense of humor, or his in-your-face style, he is doing what no other established star in Hollywood seems both capable of and willing to do.

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  • marsconi

    So true!

  • ctmctm

    Sascha Baron Cohen needs to be the US' next Secretary of State.

  • dirt

    Those dictators knew very well that Islam world can not have democracy because the book says so. And the West's useful idiots still believe that they are smarter than the book.

  • davarino

    I am surprised Hollywood wasnt booing him for making fun of some of their heroes.

  • muchiboy

    It is reassuring to see that satirism is alive and well in America.God Bless America.muchiboy

    • Captain America

      muchiboy; it's murderous ISLAMIC tyrants he is satirizing. It is the evils of Islam, and it's anti-democratic & totalitarian ways he is satirizing. This film won't be screend in any muslim country.

  • JimK

    He's obviously been studying Marx, the bros that is, not Karl.

  • tagalog

    Sacha Baron Cohen is a bit of an acquired taste. From what I've seen of his movies, he can be a bit grating, and some of his stuff gets old long before he gets tired of beating on it, but I like the idea of "Shabazz Aladeen," love it! What would Betty Shabazz think?

    • http://www.whycanadamustend.com Tony Kondaks

      What would Betty Shabazz think? Not much, considering her grandson burned her to death.

      • tagalog

        Her grandson Malcolm, I would add. I guess he'd be Malcolm XI.

  • Jim_C

    Pretty good. Borat was really funny; didn't care for Bruno, though.

    Any comedian/satirist worth their salt goes for hot-button issues, so Cohen is the real deal.

  • koran kid

    Respect!

  • KSoldier

    This was so much funnier when Woody Allen did it (first) in "Bananas."

  • Pete

    I think Sacha is making up for a bit of anti-Americanism in Borat. I'm talking about the rodeo scene where he made fun of "your war on terror," then went on to sing the national anthem. I may be the only person who thought it was disrespectful. Other than the crowd at the rodeo. The scene made the local news. People were pissed.

  • Questions

    Cohen has been a live wire for a long time. Anyone out there see "Da Ali G Show?" back when it was on HBO?

  • http://www.whycanadamustend.com Tony Kondaks

    Baron-Cohen is wildly entertaining and I literally fell off my seat watching several scenes of “Borat".

    But I can't forget his careful choice of venues to stage his "Throw the Jews Down the Well" song as "Borat" during an episode of his old HBO show "Ali G". He went to rural Arizona and finagled his way on to the stage under the guise of Borat, a visiting journalist from a foreign land, to try his hand at a country and western bar. Using selective editing, he sang the outrageously anti-Semitic song and had his video people focus on the audience members who he enticed to sing along with him…which they did.

    Upshot: good, decent Arizona residents came off as raging anti-Semites. I suggest that Baron–Cohen could have just as easily chosen a bar in downtown L.A. or New York and gotten the same result considering he would, in any place he chose to go, have had access to a large group of inebriated individuals more than willing to mouth words to a song they could hardly hear.

    See the video for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb3IMTJjzfo

    • tagalog

      When you're accepting humorists who deal in outrageous behavior, you have to take what you get. Remember Andy Kaufman.

    • Nancy

      Embarrassing America is not at all what Borat was about. Borat's hometown had the parade with an ugly Jew float and his "country" is Muslim. His wife: "She girl, she no have name!". My take on the movie is Yankees nearly killed him and he had to go south to find people tolerant enough, even the Jewish couple, to be hospitable despite his horrible, rude Islamic insanity. He was mocking Muslims, not Americans. Later, when the president of Turkmenistan (or whatever) condemned the movie, "Borat" responded he would kill that Jew, Sasha Cohen. Brilliant!

  • Jaladhi

    In O'Reily's terminology, Cohen is a patriot and not a pin head!!

  • maturin20

    FPM has such a fanboy relationship with Hollywood. It's not healthy. Get out doors sometimes, guys, join a softball league. Go meet some girls at the community center, unless your restraining order forbids it.

  • john gerard

    Borat the movie wasn’t funny to me, because I’d seen it all before, done much better by him on the ’11 O’clock’ show in the UK twelve years or more ago. Look up the clips on YouTube – they’re much funnier than the film, as they’re not staged. There are some moments that are truly 100% Peter Sellers, particularly when he goes to Houston to a wine club, which is just beautiful. There’s no other word for it…

  • john gerard

    Addendum: it’s not Houston, it’s Jackson, Mississippi. I don’t know why I thought it was Houston.

  • Sound&Fury

    I wonder if his new film contains any digs at Mr. Obama for his "friendship" with Israel. With friends like that…

  • RUI

    "he is doing what no other established star in Hollywood seems both capable of and willing to do" is just a polite way to say that Cohen has the balls others could never have!

  • Ghostwriter

    What's going on here? Why aren't my comments here staying? Did I do something wrong?

  • Ghostwriter

    This isn't the first time Hollywood has made fun of dictators. In the late 1930's and '40's,a number of films made fun of Adolf Hitler,most notably "The Great Dictator" by Charlie Chaplin. In the 1990's,the "Hot Shots!" films made fun of Saddam Hussein. More recently,"Team America:World Police" made fun of Kim Jong-Il. I wish they'd make fun of people like Hugo Chavez.

  • Ghostwriter

    This isn't the first time Hollywood has made fun of dictators. In the late 1930's and '40's,a number of films made fun of Adolf Hitler,most notably "The Great Dictator" by Charlie Chaplin. In the 1990's,the "Hot Shots!" films made fun of Saddam Hussein. More recently,"Team America:World Police" made fun of Kim Jong-Il. I wish they'd make fun of people like Hugo Chavez.