When you start a fight with the maniacal leader of the Republic of Wadiya, you can be certain that Admiral General Aladeen will only lash back with harsh words.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences warned Sacha Baron Cohen not to attend the Oscars as his Middle Eastern iron-fisted despot Admiral General Aladeen from his upcoming movie "The Dictator." You knew that Cohen embraced the publicity that the ban gave him and quickly responded to the Academy with this very entertaining video response.
In the video the oppressing leader comically declares, "On behalf of the nation of Wadiya, I am outraged at being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Zionists. While I applaud the Academy from 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 p.m. on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences."
The Admiral General then questions as to why some of his country's "classic" films such as "When Harry Kidnapped Sally," "You've Got Mailbomb" and "Planet of the Rapes" haven't received recognition from the Academy. Aladeen finishes his speech by taking shots at Hilary Swank and Brett Ratner.
So after the Academy didn't want Baron Cohen to gain publicity from the Oscars, he has managed to get all the spotlight he has craved this whole time.