'Bruno' Somehow Turns Shirtless, Wrestling Men into a Gay Thing

July 9, 2008

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Did you recently attend a cage fighting event that quickly devolved into man-on-man love? Then you just may be one of the many angry, unwilling stars of Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen's new film where he exposes homophobia by playing another ridiculous caricature. (Or you may just be going to really gay cage fights.) From the The Smoking Gun (thanks to Jonah):

Lured by $1 beer and the prospect of "hot chicks" and "hardcore fights," thousands of Arkansans were duped last month into appearing as extras in comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's latest staged mayhem. Cohen and his confederates organized cage fighting programs on consecutive days in Texarkana and Fort Smith. Both cards ended with two male grapplers (one was identified as "Straight Dave" and wore camouflage) tearing each other's clothes off and, while in underwear, kissing down their opponent's chest. This man-on-man action triggered Fort Smith fans to throw chairs and beer at the ring, according to one cop present at the city's Convention Center.

Cage fight fanatics who attended were less than amused by the event, which was, as one attendee described it on a forum, "a maxed out fag fest." Over at The Smoking Gun, there are even more amazing outraged responses--such as the one from Brad, who assumes that Bruno is a reprisal of Balki from Perfect Strangers. Is he implying Balki was gay or that anyone with a foreign accent is inevitably playing Balki? I hope both.

Still, some of them make a valid point. As one fan noted: "your right going to make mma look like hicks but at least we arent cock suckers like borat." You can't argue with that.

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