Is It Good For The Gays?

bruno2In this Sunday’s New York Times, Brooks Barnes has a piece about the gay-fashionista movie Bruno, starring the “Borat” guy, Sascha Baron Cohen (pictured). Money quote: ‘In mercilessly exploiting the discomfort created when straight men are ambushed by aggressive gayness, “Bruno” happens to (surprise!) expose homophobia,’ writes Barnes. ‘Gay groups are reacting with deeply mixed emotions, heightened by the recent triumphs (Iowa) and losses (California) in efforts to legalize gay marriage. Is the film then vulgar, inappropriate and harmful? Or bold, timely and necessary? All of the above? Ultimately the tension surrounding “Bruno” boils down to the worry that certain viewers won’t understand that the joke is on them and will leave the multiplex with their homophobia validated.’

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