"Bruno" Battle Brewing?

by thelostboy
June 11, 2009 4:05 AM
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Not that I'm one to trust Matt Drudge, particularly on matters de la gays, but he has an interesting and well-sourced story up today about a potential battle brewing between "Bruno" and gay rights activists.

Drudge says that a New York Times expose is set for Sunday, looking into issues both GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign have with the film. Rashad Robinson, senior director for GLAAD, said many people in the LGBT community are not going to be happy with the film, noting that while the film is "well-meaning" in it's attempt at satire, it's also "problematic in many places and outright offensive in others." HRC spokesman Brad Luna said that Baron Cohen "have a responsibility to remind the viewing public right there in the theater that this is intended to expose homophobia."

I assumed this kind of (over?)reaction might be on the horizon. I feel pretty confident in my trust of Baron Cohen's intentions - especially having seen every "Bruno" segment from "Da Ali G Show" a half dozen times. And while I'm sure there's going to be millions of homophobic idiots who go see "Bruno" and don't understand the satirical element, it's not like that will make matters worse. And I'd hope that some of the more intelligent, reasonable folks out there might actually take something progressive of the film and think twice about representations of their own behavior in the homophobia on screen.

But I haven't seen the film yet, so I'm also very curious to see what Brooks Barnes - the writer of the Times piece - has to say in his piece, which Drudge alleges "is planning to go thousands of words on the societal implications of it all."



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  • Manny | June 13, 2009 1:18 AMReply

    I'll have to disagree; I find "Bruno" offensive on many levels. At the very least, "Bruno" is the perpetuation of a stereotype about gays that is alienating and mono-dimensional. Are we laughing at "Bruno" because he's so "gay," a caricature of what gay people are, or are we laughing at the ridiculous homophobia he faces? Being as I haven't seen the film, I can't answer. However, I would venture to bet that the film's humor, at least partially, profits both by laughing at gays as well as the homophobia they encounter.

  • Sean | June 11, 2009 9:16 AMReply

    I agree. Cohen is stridently political, if radical, and uses his comedy to reveal a lot of uncomfortable truths. I too have watched all the Bruno sketches a gazillion times, and I trust Cohen thoroughly. The dude is a genius, and generous to minorities. I hope we're right about the movie!

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