Earlier this week we heard that the producers of this years Oscar ceremony had pulled the plug on a skit by Sasha Baron Cohen so as not to offend James Cameron. In the skit Cohen planned to appear onstage as a female Na’vi, with Ben Stiller translating “her” interplanetary speech. As the skit went on 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 with Cameron’s love child, and would go on to confront her baby daddy as if s/he were on Jerry Springer.
Well E! Online spoke to Cameron about the now scrapped plans, and he said he wouldn’t have had a problem with it.
Cameron said he wasn’t aware that a proposed Avatar sketch involving Ben Stiller and Sacha Baron Cohen had been cut from the show, presumably to avoid upsetting the director.
“I don’t know anything about that…I don’t produce the Oscars. If they want to poke fun at Avatar Sunday, that’s OK by me,” said Cameron, “I’m sure we’ll laugh.”
As far as he’s concerned, he told me, jokes are just another element of Hollywood’s big night. And he’s fine with it.
“The Oscars are a celebration of movies…even the gaffes and out-of-bounds stuff are all part of the fun.”
Maybe the producers have time to put it back in? Although as Cameron and most of the internet know what will happen it probably won’t be as funny. Damn the producers for being too sensitive!
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday March 7th, 2010