Why are comedians the only people brave (or stupid?) enough to stick it to the politicos in Washington, D.C.? Sacha Baron-Cohen’s latest stunt is reported by Al Kamen in the Washington Post:
Invitations have been arriving in mailboxes around Washington for an event that might raise eyebrows even in this invite-overloaded town.
Below an image of the flag of Zimbabwe, the script on the thick-stock paper reads: “President Robert Mugabe and the Ministry of Education, Sport, Art, and Culture invite you to the Premiere of The Dictator.”
That’s the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie in which the funnyman portrays a despot who rules over the fictional African nation of Wadiya. The name alone probably raised a red flag for savvy recipients, who recalled Cohen’s previous antics: He attempted to seduce Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) in the movie “Bruno,” and fed cheese to former Rep. Bob Barr — and later informed the Georgia Republican it was made from breast milk — in “Borat”.
The movie screening purportedly takes place at the Presidential Residence in Zimbabwe on May 12. Realistic specifics, like a note at the bottom directing attendees to to “the Southeast Entrance” of the residence, might convince recipients that it’s a bona fide event.
We called the number provided, and actually reached Zimbabwe’s art ministry…
[continues in the Washington Post]