‘Bruno’: An Equal-Opportunity Offender

Mockery: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the Paris premier of ‘Bruno’ in character, and lederhosen.
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Mockery: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the Paris premier of ‘Bruno’ in character, and lederhosen.

By Neal Pollack

Published December 09, 2009, issue of December 18, 2009.

In the department of “legal actions highly unlikely to succeed,” an ex-member of the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade is suing Sacha Baron Cohen and Universal Pictures in U.S. Federal Court for $110 million, alleging libel and slander. Playing the flamingly gay Austrian celebra-whore title character in this summer’s movie “Bruno,” Baron Cohen mocked Ayman Abu Aita and referred to him as Al-Aqsa’s leader. Somehow, we think that Abu Aita is unlikely to find an American jury that will think this has ruined his life, as he alleges.

But a close viewing of “Bruno” shows that other groups might have a better reason to feel wounded. Baron Cohen’s remarkable ability to offend across the board could just as easily extend to these groups:

National Autism Association, for a scene in which a guest on Bruno’s Vienna TV show “FunkyZeit” refers to autism as “funny.”

The Rainforest Foundation, which protects the rights of Pygmies in Central Africa, for a gay sex montage during which, among many other acts, Bruno’s Pygmy flight attendant lover pours a glass of Champagne from a bottle stuck in his butt.

The Immigrant Solidarity Network, for Bruno’s egregious use of “Mexican chair people” during an interview with Paula Abdul, and for serving a sushi buffet on the body of a naked Mexican.

The Pro-Life Action League, for a scene where Bruno and a guest discuss whether or not Jamie-Lynn Spears should abort her “D-list white trash fetus.”

The Campaign For Liberty, for propositioning their hero, Ron Paul, in a hotel room while calling him “cuter than Enrique Iglesias.”

The NAACP, for implying that adopting a black baby can score you a lot of hot gay sex.

The International Clarinet Association, for intimating that, though you should “remove the reed first,” clarinets are great sex toys.

UFC Cage-Fighting Association, for underplaying the extreme homoeroticism inherent in the sport.

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen’s interview with Ayman Abu Aita below:



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