Should Sacha Baron Cohen Have Been Allowed to Attend the 2012 Oscars in Character? (POLL)

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We all know Sacha Baron Cohen for his outrageous characters, which often bleed into real life. Tonight, one of them made an appearance at the Oscars — after producers were said to have banned him from the event so as not to turn it into a cheap promotional stunt for his movie The Dictator.

True to form, he took the opportunity to make a spectacle of himself and an unsuspecting victim. During his walk down the press line, he stopped to talk to E!’s Ryan Seacrest, whom he proceeded to dump an urn full of ashes over!

The move left Ry with a tux marked by grey dust that remained while he continued to interview people coming down the red carpet.

Cohen was initially told not to come in character, but after some public feuding, as fictitious dictator Shabazz Aladeen, he told the Today Show: “Usually I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime, but this is personal.”

The move got the thumbs from Oscar producer Brian Grazer, who told Extra: “We’re thrilled to have him and he’ll be on the red carpet dressed as the Dictator.”

Does the move seem a little, well, tacky? We want to know, is this in poor taste? Take our poll to tell us your thoughts!