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Bruno's Cohen Strikes Gay Poses

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 17, 2009 at 7:04AM

We all saw Sacha Baron Cohen in his Bruno guise descend on the face of Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards. Well, not since Zoolander have we seen a straight actor take so many gay poses. Not only is he on the cover of GQ--with more provocative spreads inside--but he looks quite fetching in a Brit military outfit at the Bruno London opening.
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We all saw Sacha Baron Cohen in his Bruno guise descend on the face of Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards. Well, not since Zoolander have we seen a straight actor take so many gay poses. Not only is he on the cover of GQ--with more provocative spreads inside--but he looks quite fetching in a Brit military outfit at the Bruno London opening.

Is Bruno too gay? All too predictably, GLAAD has stepped up to voice concern about the movie's treatment of gays. Please: the whole point of Cohen's comedy is to push everyone's buttons in the most politically incorrect way possible. I howled at the footage I saw at SXSW. But from reports I'm hearing from pals of mine who've seen the movie, it does make people squirm in an uncomfortable way. Will folks go see it anyway? Of course. But it could put an R-rated cap on how broadly the movie plays.

UPDATE: DHD and The Wrap both posted similar Bruno stories quoting the same source.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.