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I’m not normally a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen but his latest publicity stunt was a real smack in the face to the pomp and glory of the Oscars, when he turned up in character as General Aladeen. He had posted on Aladeen’s Twitter account:

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!

However humourless Hollywood took a dim view after he tipped an urn of ashes over a tv presenter, and kicked him off the red carpet. Oh the irony, awards for a world of make believe getting pissed off about a make believe character. Oh yes, americans don’t quite get irony.