If he made it by all those guys, maybe they figured that it wouldn't be too horrible bad.
That wouldn't surprise me. The Academy's gotten a lot of flak for its issues re: diversity - or, rather, the lack thereof. So it's not a shock that they would think something like that is okay. And I've seen plenty of criticism directed towards the Academy committee for allowing that to go through, which is well-deserved IMO.
That's sort of my point though. Who decides? Where is that line drawn?
Well, that's why we're debating the point, isn't it? Personally, I think it is pretty much never okay, the one possible
exception being something like Tropic Thunder (and even then it's complicated; I have ~a lot of feelings~ about that movie in general).
No one was offended by that, and that man is recently dead.
Yeah, but it's Kim Jong Il. "Respect the dead" isn't an absolute. As a Korean - my dad's side is actually from the North - I'm going to say that that man absolutely doesn't deserve any respect whatsoever. I can't really comment on Cohen's character itself, since I'm not familiar with it (I make it a point to avoid Cohen's work, and I didn't watch the Oscars red carpet and only heard about the Ryan Seacrest incident later).
For what it is worth, I was totally offended by the movie "White Chicks"
So was I, but that's because it was a horrible, horrible movie!