Besides causing some controversy, Sacha Baron Cohen's new film, Bruno, has been raising some concern as well, especially within the gay community.
Several preview screenings for gay audiences have folks concerned that Bruno oversteps the fine line between satire and stereotype while missing its mark completely, likening Cohen's portrayal of a gay man to "a white person appearing in blackface."
According to insiders, however, Cohen has conducted "significant reshoots" with input from the sneak peeks.
And while that's encouraging to hear, many worry that it may be too little too late, and that instead of laughing with Bruno, most audiences will be laughing at Bruno, thus laughing with the homophobia the film seeks to lampoon, instead of laughing at it.
Universal Pictures declined to comment on any possible reshoots prior to the July 10th release, but released a statement saying that "While any work that dares to address relevant cultural sensitivities might be misinterpreted by some or offend others, we believe the overwhelming majority of the audience will understand and appreciate the film's inarguably positive intentions, which we've seen demonstrated whenever we have shown it."
We guess we'll have to wait and see for ourselves!
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