This Sunday CHUD is hitting the Oscars in a big way. Nick will be doing a live commentary on the podcast, while I’ll be doing old fashioned live text blogging on the site – yes, you can have us make fun of the Oscars in multiple ways! Possibly at once!
But one thing we won’t be making fun of is a Ben Stiller/Sacha Baron Cohen skit that pokes fun at Avatar and James Cameron. The reason? According to Vulture the Oscar producers think that Cameron is so thin-skinned he could literally walk out of the ceremony. What’s so offensive?
Our insider informs us that Baron Cohen planned to appear onstage as a blue-skinned, female Na’vi, with Stiller translating “her” interplanetary speech. As the skit went on, though, it would become clear that Stiller wasn’t translating properly, because Cohen would grow ever more upset. At its climax, an infuriated Baron Cohen would pull open “her” evening gown to reveal that s/he was pregnant, knocked up with Cameron’s love child, and would go on to confront her baby daddy as if s/he were on Jerry Springer.
What’s nutty is that this doesn’t even sound all that offensive. But then again, I guess when you’re a director with a habit of sleeping with your leading ladies, this is a joke that hits close to home.