I support gay rights - in fact I support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transexual, queer, questioning, unsure, intersex, asexual and allies (LGBTTQQUIAA) rights. I can't decide whether I am supposed to go see Sasha Baron Cohen's new movie "Bruno." If I do see it, am I supposed to like it or be offended? What is the appropriate reaction?
Sasha Baron Cohen's new movie Bruno is clearly intended to expose and mock the bigotry that currently exists in the United States of America against gay people. The movie hit number one at the box office in its first weekend, has about 50,000 followers on Twitter, almost 733,000 fans on Facebook, over 355,000 people have friended Bruno on his Meinspace page, and these numbers are climbing by the second. But there's more to the story.
The movie was officially banned in the Ukraine and had to be cut so teens could watch it in Britian. One of the featured individuals in the movie is trying to file a lawsuit against Sasha Baron Cohen. Barbara Walters can't seem to stop talking about penises, pubic hair and anal sex, raising more questions than she answers by declaring: "This is a movie that's almost as pornographic as anything pornographic I've ever seen." Really Barbara? Do tell!
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) concluded that the movie decreases the public's comfort with gay people, they're joined by David Rakoff and Jon Mejia of Seattle Pride. While others revel in his flaming flamboyance and can't show enough Bruno, Bruno, Bruno.
Of course there is no appropriate reaction - we must honor our authentic reaction. I LOVED this movie and think that it exposed haters in a way that might provide space for people to question their beliefs. Humor can open mental portals that facts can't dint. At the same time, I have deep respect for those who don't want to see gay men portrayed this way.
Sasha Baron Cohen, you could clarify this - make a statement in support of equal rights and donate some of your dough to the cause. Come on Bruno. Make everyone happy and take a stand!