GLAAD takes stand against "Bruno" movie

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    Jul 11, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    "The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Friday that 'Bruno,' the new film starring Sacha Baron Cohen, reinforces negative stereotypes and 'decreases the public’s comfort with gay people.'”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31856995/ns/entertainment-movies/
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    Jul 11, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said"The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Friday that 'Bruno,' the new film starring Sacha Baron Cohen, reinforces negative stereotypes and 'decreases the public’s comfort with gay people.'”


    I haven't watched the movie (I'm sure it'll be on STARZ or ENCORE or something soon enough), but I agree wholeheartedly with GLAAD.

    No matter how campy, outrageous and funny Bruno's jokes are to us as gay men, these ideas and images of gay men like Bruno are what many people around the world still have in mind

    The world is not at the place where all of us can laugh at Bruno for the same reasons.
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    Jul 11, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    That's how I feel just from the previews.
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    Jul 11, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    So someone is upset over some farce on sexuality? Give me a break.

    When will people learn, it's a comedy on sexuality, not just homosexuality but heterosexuality as well.

    The portrayal of heterosexuals in this movie is one of ignorance, pretty much like his previous film which didn't even need to use sexuality as a precursor.

    Overall there are 2 players in the film, a catalyst and society. How does society react with the catalyst? They either are stumped by whats happening unable to comprehend the situation or they turn their back on the situation.

    There are scenes of racial tolerance, cultural tolerance, political tolerance and sexual tolerance. Man the different ethics that are attacked in this film are probably too numerous to cover even the most subtle of contexts.

    Ironically it's always the smallest of stereotypes that seems to hit home the hardest, making those stereotypes feel like a minority.
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    Jul 11, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
    And you know what? When you look s at some of the forum topics that come through realjock alone, do you really blame some people for creating that gay stereotype?

    If you really are offended by this film then realise that it's not a documentary, but this stereotype came from somewhere - it was never dreamed up.

    If you are not a person of that stereotype:

    "flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista" [msnbc]

    Then why should you feel threatended?
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    Jul 11, 2009 10:55 PM GMT
    the professionally offended desperately trying to stay relevant.

    Why is there no yawning smileyicon_question.gif
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    Jul 12, 2009 12:06 AM GMT
    If GLAAD was so worried about reinforcing gay stereotypes, they'd be putting a stop to Gay Pride and pushing everyone back into the closet.
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    Jul 12, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    If Gay Pride is pushing a Stereotype then something must not quite be right. Surely Gay Pride is about representing Gay people in all walks of life?

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    Jul 12, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    Also, what does the "Hetero Alliance Against Defamation" say about all this? ;)
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    Jul 12, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    I haven't seen this movie but it does concern me. I teach grade 8 boys who were already talking about seeing this movie. After the borat movie, all i heard from my boys were catch phrases from that movie. I never allowed my kids to make any homophobic remarks in my class...but it took training. I'm worried that i'm going to return to a school in the fall that has the wrong impression of gay people and that will encourage homophobia in my school.

    So yeah i'm concerned.

    On another note i'm gonna check out transfomers tonight.

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    Jul 12, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    Hey, have you heard about this Jonathan Swift guy? He wants us to actually EAT BABIES! Can you believe it? We need to do something about him.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jul 12, 2009 12:54 AM GMT
    Before Sacha Cohen spoofed homosexual men as Bruno, he spoofed heterosexual men with their infatuations of a pin-up model as Borat. Big deal...


    ...but it would be refreshing for a masculine homosexual lead character to be featured in a major motion picture some time real soon though. icon_idea.gif
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    Jul 12, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said...but it would be refreshing for a masculine homosexual lead character to be featured in a major motion picture some time real soon though. icon_idea.gif
    There have been quite a few, but they never made it real big
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    Jul 12, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    I know, that's why I said a major motion picture.
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    Jul 12, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    I could think of the movie Alexander the Great from a few years ago, but that was controversial and it didn't really apply to today's character types.
  • Delivis

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    Jul 12, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidHey, have you heard about this Jonathan Swift guy? He wants us to actually EAT BABIES! Can you believe it? We need to do something about him.


    Good reply.
  • Sirkit

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    Jul 12, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    GLADD has become like the Catholic Church for homos -_-

    Popular culture can't really be monitored and major organizations saying that a film is insulting only increases viewership. Not saying I'll pay ticket price to watch it but I'll rent it.
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    Sydney-Cider is giving the americans of the our heartland way too much credit for intelligence. Let me illumine what I mean. They voted Bush into office TWICE!
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    Sorry, GLAAD, you're wrong. This movie was a good thing.
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidSydney-Cider is giving the americans of the our heartland way too much credit for intelligence. Let me illumine what I mean. They voted Bush into office TWICE!


    Your welcome icon_smile.gif

    But seriously, I think the main message from Sash Baron Cohen is that there is a lot of ignorance out there.

    People will block out what they are not comfortable with and look the other way. If it upsets them they then put up a big stink. Well what do you know, sounds just like what GLAAD is doing.

    Oh the irony!
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
    offense is what is taken when you can't take argument.
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:15 AM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidSydney-Cider is giving the americans of the our heartland way too much credit for intelligence. Let me illumine what I mean. They voted Bush into office TWICE!


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    Jul 12, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    it's satire. just unbunch your panties and deal with it.
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    The fun police are out again...

    If anything, that movie portrays heterosexuals as rednecks. Yes, as a gay guy I cringed at times, but I get the feeling that people who are so close-minded to think that Bruno is real are not the people going to see it.
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    You know, the same was said about Queer as Folk when it first premiered on HBO.

    "It stigmatizes gay men as sex hungry, flamboyant, obsessive compulsive beings." Ummm, duh!

    Yes, we all are not the stereotypical homosexual as Sacha portrays. Nor are Asians, Blacks, Women, Children, etc. all stereotypical of what Mad TV, SNL or even Late Night shows portray.

    Get over it and move on!