Though it’s in Arabic, the official website of The Republic of Wadiya, dominion of His Excellency Admiral General Aladeen (close personal friend of Sacha Baron Cohen), reads pretty well when put through Google Translate to become English.
In fact, it’s almost as if it was originally written in English language and then converted into Arabic with Google to start off with…
There’s a lot of amusing stuff on the site. I particularly liked the ticker tape news feed that features such headlines as “Aladeen orders Heidi Klum to end marriage to Seal” and “Physics: God announces discovery of elusive Aladeen particle.”
And check out the sidebar of links – as well as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts for the Republic, there are pages for North Korea, Iran, Robert Mugabe… and Office Depot, Zappos shoes and Victoria’s Secret. Then, at the bottom, the UN Commission on Human Rights with the note “hilarious site.”
The content on the site most directly relevant to the film seems to be this paragraph from the end of The Dictator‘s bio:
After several failed assassination attempts by the imbecilic dogs of the CIA (a poisoned milkshake, an exploding camel, etc.) And a hatred of tedious State functions, Aladeen was forced to employ a team of body doubles. Few Westerners can tell whether the Aladeen who appears on television is the man himself or merely another double. The Western media was one time so stupid as to be confused by the televised execution of Aladeen carried out by another Aladeen while a third Aladeen looked on approvingly. To all those with love for Aladeen in their hearts, the identity of the true Aladeen is clear. Long live His Excellency, General Colonel Doctor Aladeen, Democratic President-For-Life, Invincible and All-Triumphant Commander, Chief Ophthalmologist, Brilliant Genius of Humanity, Excellent Swimmer Including Butterfly, and Beloved Oppressor and Ruthless Protector of the Precious and Expendable People of Wadiya.
I’ve not been bowled over by the trailers, but I think Cohen is a rare talent, and a man with a real, and honourable commitment to his agenda. I’m sure that the film will be worth taking seriously in some way.
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