Some further reflections on Bruno.
I've changed my opinion of Bruno slightly. I do feel that Cohen muddled the message he was trying to make about homophobia, but I also think he was making another point that wasn't so clear: American audiences have sex issues. I think he was brilliant at shocking audiences with his full frontal male nudity, the sex toy fetish scenes and the hand-cuffed S&M hotel scene.
Then, I read that GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) opposes Bruno because it "reinforces negative stereotypes" about gay people. So, now I really think every gay person ought to see the movie. Bruno, in this way, brings up something GLAAD and other straight-laced gay political activists in Washington try to hide, that there are many shallow, ill-informed, caddy club boys that are gay. There is a reality to it and their press release against Bruno doesn't really address this issue adequately. GLAAD is really reinforcing what Bruno criticizes, there isn't one way of being gay and homophobia is linked to "compulsory heterosexuality."
Another favorite scene, which had been mentioned on NPR before the movie came out, was the parents of infant children who are pushing them into show biz. Bruno does a casting call and asks parents of these infants if they will still pursue this option if the children are put at significant risks. The parents, some hesitating only for a few seconds, all agree. The very last part of that scene is really hilarious.
I hope everyone goes and sees this and is prepared for the
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