Sacha Baron Cohen’s third most popular character, white “gangster” Ali G, made what somebody must have thought would be a triumphant return as he presented the preview of Room, or as he called it “a room full of white people”.
Bob Oldman, a production exec for the Oscars, enthused about this decision in an exclusive interview last week:
“Well, you know, it’s 2016, and we wanted to go bigger than ever. We made a list of things people love in 2016, and tried to make sure we crossed all of them off. That list included white people pretending to be black in exaggerated, stereotypic performances, jokes about Asians having small genitalia, minimizing stories of sexual abuse (like in Room, for instance) and Sacha Baron Cohen programming. I think we did a fantastic job combining the interests of the Oscars and staying relevant.”
When asked for comment, Sacha Baron Cohen said, “Listen, I’m in a lot of debt right now. Nobody misses Borat, my breakout role as an idiotic Arab man in 2016. Nobody misses about my homophobic follow-up as Bruno, so I thought, hey, why not bring back my overtly racist portrayal of a white man who thinks he’s black and make a little money? And Oscar execs were like yes, we love that idea. Funny how things work out!”