Eeks, I can't be down with this...are people really this concerned about Sacha Baron Cohen's character Bruno? I totally get that some people might be able to laugh at Bruno's antics without realizing Cohen is skewering homophobes while also poking fun at a very real subset of gay people, the idiotic male Paris Hilton, who knows more about bad fashion than politics and is self-absorbed to the point of self-ghettoization. But you'd have to really try hard to make yourself believe Cohen has a nasty anti-gay agenda.
"Bruno? Well, I think she's just diviiiine!"
And correct me if I'm wrong, but a couple of the people in this video...haven't they played or are they not flamboyant gay characters? Couldn't someone also argue that they've done queerface or are somehow harming gay perceptions by being somewhat stereotypical? I would not argue that—let me be clear. I'm just saying that one flawed argument is no better than another.
I loved Borat. I hope I will love Bruno. So far, from the previews, it looks savagely funny.
Three men and a little homophobia.
You know who we should be focusing our attention on? How about Todd Phillips (director, pictured), Jon Lucas (writer), Scott Moore (writer) and Bradley Cooper (star, pictured) for the reprehensible albeit brief anti-gay moments in The Hangover, a rather unfunny (save for some truly hilarious moments) comedy that has been the #1 movie in America for two weeks in a row?
Within the first few minutes, Jack Black rip-off Zach Galiflanakis chastises a tailor for getting too close to his dick and we're treated to a voicemail that says, "Don't leave me a message, it's gay." Passable?
Well, then Cooper hollers to Ed Helms (who is quite brilliant in his role as a cuckold), "Paging Dr. Faggot! Dr. Faggot!"
That is just pure, blatant homophobic humor. Period. I totally get that if you're doing a certain kind of movie, certain people will speak in ways that are not tolerant and intelligent. However, in a comedy of this nature, where tigers are found in hotel bathrooms, realism is not required. In this context, the movie is fully endorsing Cooper's homophobia. And this is not to mention that they also leave an infant in a car with the window cracked.
Anyway, pick your battles. And make sure your chosen enemy actually is one. Once I see Bruno, I'll recant this if it offends me.