Brüno Is Toxic to Gays

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2009 12:01 PM CDT
n this June 25, 2009 file photo, Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the new comedy film "Bruno," interacts with photographers at the Los Angeles premiere.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
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(Newser) Brüno should have been good for the gays, shining a bright light on homophobia and inoculating the world against it. Instead, “Brüno is a gay minstrel, in the most literal sense of the word,” writes David Rakoff for Salon. Just as vaudevillians in blackface were universally shiftless, lazy, and “a-feared of spooks,” Brüno’s sexuality “comes bundled up with a lot of unattractive software.”

“He is an open hydrant of empty, venal ignorance, a fame-chasing, grandiose fucktard, all because he is a cockaholic (his term),” writes Rakoff. “The repeated pistoning of sucking dick has scrambled his brains.” Sacha Baron Cohen’s performance is actually the most homophobic thing in the movie. His victims aren’t hostile, just “mute with discomfort, politely waiting for the moment of childish provocation to pass.”