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06.17.09 28 Comments

Sacha Baron Cohen is a kosher Jew, so he pretty much had carte blanche to do all the Jew jokes he wanted in Borat.  Unfortunately he’s not gay, so you can imagine what that means for the Brüno movie – a lot of whining by people who know nothing about comedy.  A site called theWrap (via /Film) recently reported that Brüno was reshot in response to concerns from some of Hollywood’s gay community, notably School of Rock’s Mike White, who supposedly “found the Bruno character to be a depiction of fetishism rather than a comedic stereotype,” (whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean). Which in turn led to…

The filmmaker conducting “significant reshoots” to temper the troubled reaction of  insiders from the Hollywood gay community, according to one person involved in the Bruno production who declined to be identified.

But take the reshoot part of this story with a grain of salt, as multiple sources have called BS on some of the things TheWrap have written recently, calling them “reckless and irresponsible.”  It’s also weird they use an anonymous source and don’t even mention director Larry Charles by name.  But as you can see in the above video, some “notable” gays are “concerned.”  Which is another way to say “wanting to appear PC without taking the trouble to actually form an opinion.”  Says Queer as Folk‘s Peter Page at the 1:29 mark:

“When you see a Brüno clip in a room full of gay men, everyone laughs and it’s fun.  When you see a Brüno clip in a room full of straight men, everyone laughs and it’s a different thing.  And you start to go, ‘Hmm, I don’t know how I feel about this.’”

Wow.  Gosh.  That is… damning.  I’m seriously starting to rethink this whole thing.  Everyone knows the first rule of comedy is to find the stupidest person in the room and gear all your comedy towards him.  It’s like this one time I was listening to the Beatles, and I said to Charlie Manson, “isn’t this awesome?”  And he was like, “Yeah, man!  It’s about the coming of the race war!”  And from then on I couldn’t listen to the Beatles because the Beatles are racist.  And now Bruno.  Gosh, I think I’ll just watch Leno until everyone’s the same.

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