The Shmooze

Sacha Baron Cohen Shocks on Aussie ‘Today’ Show

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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‘The Dictator’ arrives in Sydney, Australia.

Sacha Baron Cohen ruined some Australians’ breakfast appetites when he appeared this morning on the country’s Today Show to promote his new movie, “The Dictator.” In fact, he seemed to be making the show’s hosts so uncomfortable that at times it looked like they themselves might toss their cookies right there on the set.

Dressed as Admiral General Aladeen of the fictional Republic of Wadiya and flanked by two scantily clad female “guards,” Baron Cohen began his R-rated conversation with the hosts by bringing regards from Mel Gibson. “He has just become the head of our Department of Race Relations and he’s on the board of the Museum of Intolerance,” the admiral notified them.

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Australia School Apologizes for Hitler Costume Prize

By Josh Tapper

Here’s a twist on Hitler Youth.

A Western Australian Catholic school has been forced to apologize for handing a costume prize to a pre-teen boy dressed as Adolf Hitler.

A class of 9- and 10-year-olds at a Perth school “had been asked to dress up as famous people,” the BBC reported Friday. The boy’s winning costume featured a swastika.

Trying to cover his tracks, the school principal claimed the prize was a “one-off thing” and Hitler was, in fact, “a fairly famous person.” It’s a point well taken, but still inconsiderate of sensible behavior and sensitive teaching for children.

At least these kids can never plead ignorance on an insensitive Halloween costume.

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