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Heralded by 30-some cheering "supporters" carrying flags and signs with phrases such as, "Say No to Democracy," "I Heart Dictatorships," and "Save Aladeen," Sacha Baron Cohen entered the Empire Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday to promote his movie The Dictator (which opens May 16) in character as Admiral General Aladeen. He was accompanied by a dozen allegedly virgin female guards, carrying what appeared to be fake machine guns. Of course, this being a fake press conference, let's just assume everything else about it was fake — even the questions, which for the most part had to be cleared in advance and were printed on a sheet held by moderator Danny Boushebel, who called on eighteen preapproved media outlets from among the 250 domestic and international journalists present. Prior to opening the floor to questions, Aladeen welcomed "the devils of the Zionist media," as well as "journalists and their prostitutes" »

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