If you haven't noticed, a lot of people don't know what to make of Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming film Brüno. A spokesperson for GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is the latest person to express mixed feelings about the Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt:
"We have very mixed emotions about the movie. Those of us who saw the film agreed that you can't critique it as a single film because it's more like 90 minutes of individual sketches. Some are funny and hit their mark but others hit the [gay] community instead. As someone who sat at the back of a focus group audience outside of Los Angeles, I felt they were laughing at us at times."
Yet one critic thinks everyone needs to grow up and realize Brüno does not represent the entire gay community, but a set of people who "blanket themselves in one aspect of their personality" (their sexuality) just to force a reaction out of people. Another writer sees Cohen's performance of stereotypically outrè gayness this way: "It's not irony, you're just an asshole."
Do you think Bruno will expose or encourage homophobia? Can we laugh at one flamboyant, outrageous (and fictitious) gay man and the possible homophobia this elicits without laughing at the whole community? Could there be a redeeming value to this film?
If you need to see the trailer to help make up your mind, read more.