Sorry Sacha Baron Cohen, dictators aren't always funny
I'm a big fan of Sacha Baron Cohen. I think that he's one of the funniest comedians out there right now and I was a big fan of the Borat movie. It was ridiculous but also lots of fun.
His next movie featuring an outrageous character, Brüno, didn't strike the same chord with me but I still gave him the benefit of the doubt when it came to future comedies. Yet when I heard that he's playing a dictator, General Aladeen, in The Dictator (out in May), I stopped laughing.
A lot of us Latinos have either directly or indirectly dealt with dictators, whether we came from a country ruled by one for over 50 years (like my family and I coming from Cuba) or a country who has had more up-and-down leaders than not. I'm sorry, Sacha, but this time it's just not funny.
I'm not at all surprised that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences considered banning him from the Oscars this weekend after it was rumored that he may show up as this new alter ego. Instead, he's being allowed to come to the awards show--but only dressed as himself.
The verdict is still out on whether Sacha will heed the Academy's warning or decide not to go to the Oscars this weekend. Either way, I know that he tends to balance on the very thin line between tasteful and awfully offensive but I hope that he'll be more careful with The Dictator. Because, to me and countless Latinos who escaped a dictator (or currently live in a country that's still suffering), it's not a very funny subject.
Would you go watch Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator, even if the movie may be very offensive?
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