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Sacha Baron Cohen

RIPS The Academy,

You're Just Like an Evil Dictator!

2/24/2012 7:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Sacha Baron Cohen is comparing the Oscars to a power hungry tyrant ... pointing out how the Academy has stripped him of his right to free speech ... just like his dictator alter-ego would do. Oh, the hypocrisy!

SBC released a new video statement -- while in character as General Aladeen from his new movie "The Dictator" ... in which he says, "I am OUTRAGED at being banned from The Oscars by the  Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Zionists.”

He adds, "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!"

Cohen also takes a shot at Hilary Swank ... presumably because she attended a birthday party for an alleged war criminal.

In case you haven't heard -- the Academy reportedly BANNED Cohen from attending the awards because it got word that he would arrive dressed as General Aladeen ... and officials felt the stunt would take away from the prestige of the event.

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UNLEVINED HARVEY    

what a putz

881 days ago
17.

sammi    

This is just insane. What if someone from another country dressed like that because he was Royalty. This is just a excuse and discrimination. The Academy Awards forget they wouldn't be here if it wasn't for great actors like him, and others. Or for that matter the viewers. I won't watch if he's not allowed to appear the way he chooses. With whats going on in the economy a little hilariousness would be great. A smile as opposed to seeing how everyone is dressed.

881 days ago
18.

fran    

This man is a idiot, he is a no talent, and trying to use the academy to promote another stupid , silly immature movie.

881 days ago
19.

TruthMuhSucka    

so unfunny. i always give this guy another chance and he just sucks all over again.

881 days ago
20.

Alice    

The fifteen minutes this man should have never had in the first place are long since up-goodbye!

881 days ago
21.

Rhubino    

Oh darn. I was looking so forward to finding out "who" he was wearing and other important, prestigious stuff.

881 days ago
22.

karlew    

officials felt the stunt would take away from the prestige of the event.

Oh please, get over yourselves.

881 days ago
23.

Alex fabro    

guy is a waste

881 days ago
24.

rich lather    

I respect the hell out of this.

881 days ago
25.

Toilethead    

The uptight old farts who run that show should take a crap and lighten up.

881 days ago
26.

UPYOURS    

YAWN, boring news day. Kinda surprised, usually the KK trash day.

881 days ago
27.

the real diva    

he's a idiot. someone who thinks he is funny but he is not. i could not watch even one of his movies. seen 5 mins of one. had to turn it off. talk about annoying.he is not funny.wish he would go far away. so we never hear of him again

881 days ago
28.

ScottyJ    

Ali G was mediocre but this didn't even make me smile. Childish stupidity.

881 days ago
29.

Steve    

Who cares?! I don't care watching this stroking while there people still strugging with their lives.

881 days ago
30.

bluzzone    

The guy is a moron.

881 days ago
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