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Bruno Reshoots To Address Stereotyping Concerns

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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!

[Image via WENN.]

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85 comments to “Bruno Reshoots To Address Stereotyping Concerns”

  1. 1

    Yeah just like they laughed at "BORAT" and the Russian like accent they make fun of. Seriously get over it. Everyone gets made fun of. Even gay people. They shouldn't be exempt.

  2. 2

    Sacha Baren Cohen is NO FRIEND TO THE GAY COMMUNITY. He's exploiting the most tired stereotypes of effeminancy, sexually predatory and kinky S & M stereotypes under the 'guise' of humor. I don't find him FUNNY AT ALL. Why he got a shot at a second UNFUNNY FILM (the first one had few funny moments…………precious few) is beyond me. He's riding out the cruel, vicious and humorless stereotypes of what being a gay men is………..and this film should be canned. As usual, "controversy" sells, and that's all the studio cares about. SELL ! SELL ! SELL !

  3. 3

    who gives a fuck?

  4. 4

    I feel bad for the poor guy. I dont get why there is so much controversy. He is just trying to make people laugh, but instead people know they can sue him and make some money. Just have fun people! Chilllllll!

  5. 5

    it is funny that people is concerned with this movie. when he did BORAT, wasnt he laughing at afghanistans? i mean, humor is humor. let the guy be, and the movie too. i think is cool for them to make a movie showin gay situations. people should open their minds and wait to see movie and then comment. isn´t usa an open country? lately doesn´t seem though

  6. 6

    Bruno is a character that has been worked on and cultivated for years. If anyone is familiar with Da Ali G show, they would know this. Sure the character is gay, but the humor is more in the ridiculous things he does and says rather than the fact that he is homosexual. Anyone who isn't an uptight snob will be able to see the humor in this. Just like Borat revealed some more ignorant parts of American, Bruno will reveal the ridiculousness of homophobia. Overall, it's just a comedy, a really great character, and an immensely talented man. This movie will probably more offensive to the fashion community rather than the homosexual community showing how trite and judgmental fashion snobs are. If you don't think its funny, than don't fucking watch it.

  7. 7

    i am gay and i can't wait to see this film!

  8. 8

    All he wants to do is make a funny movie and people make it this big deal. -sighs.

  9. 9

    So. . .people are pissed about this, comparing it to blackface when NO ONE protested "Tropic Thunder" for actually using blackface?! Robert Downey Junior was nominated for SO MANY awards for that performance, and got NO FLACK for it. The only thing people protested was some character that was apparently offensive to people with special needs. This is SO stupid.

  10. 10

    I think I'd have to see the movie before I can comment with honesty but I wouldn't be surprised. That's half the reason Dave Chapelle quit doing comedy, because at one point he felt he was encouraging people to look 'at' black people and stereotypes more than 'with'

  11. 11

    Vat's a nice Jewish boychick doing acting like a feggela on a filim?
    Such a mishagus behaving like a mishoogana.
    Oy my Got.

  12. 12

    Did you see those legs? "I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight."

  13. 13

    I can't wait to laugh at all the effiminate homos waiting in line to see this movie. I'm not an advocate of violence and I certainly would not personally bash any homos but I'm sure that violence against gays will increase after this movie comes out!

  14. 14

    I am so sick of people comparing gay bigotry to racial bigotry. IT IS NO WHERE NEAR THE SAME DAMN THING. How can anyone compare a straight man immitating a homosexual and a white person going in blackface?? Completely obsurd.

  15. 15

    Re: prettyprettiprincess – you because u write a comment so

  16. 16

    Re: Rickneeds2kno – Oy gevalt, he is such a shlimazel.

  17. 17

    Yeah i laughed my ass off at the Trailer…gays just need to get over it

  18. 18

    Over the past few years, I've come to accept the old adage, "There's a stitch of truth behind every joke." This frightens me.

  19. 19

    jesus some gay people are so damn annoying with all their protesting and not being able to see how ridiculous it is to protest everything. be comfortable with yourself and be able to take a goddamn joke without getting offended. i guess the gays are more important than iranians or whoever borat made fun of.

  20. 20

    Don't Care. Looks Stupid

  21. 21

    Either way this shit is boring already. Tired and cliche.

  22. 22

    this is so stupid. this movie will *hopefully* make people LAUGH, not impress homophobia upon us all. good god.

  23. 23

    Omg, the gays need to get the stick thats up their ass (ha) out. Everyone who's going to pay money to see this movie will pretty much know what to expect, it's going to be raunchy & funny. They know not to take it serious, they aren't dumbasses. It's okay to laugh at yourselves gay people, infact, it could help.

  24. 24

    And the Queens are aflame about this movie. Big shocker there. If you laugh at this movie, you hate gays. The only one who should be protesting is Isla Fisher, after Borat and the nude wrestling, and now this…..Sasha has more than just a little sugar in his tank. Even Tom Cruise was overheard commenting about how gay Bruno is.

  25. 25

    People are just too sensitive and need to get over it.Sacha is the best actor out right now even M&M said so after he tea bagged him!The gay community owes Bruno great respect for putting gays on the map.They owe alot of respect as well as Perez.He is so sexy and faboosh.He is the most hansome movie star out there right now.Hotter than Zacy Wacky,robert pattinson,Jesus,etc.So before you judge let him strut his sexy body in his lovely outfits.I'm talken Oscar for Bruno.Gays join and make Sacha ur leader like Perez.

  26. 26

    I don't know, it seems like a double standard. Even though he was trying to mock bigots, Jewish people were hammered in Borat. I could totally see many people not getting the subtext of what he was doing. Yet, he didn't change a thing in that film and I don't think anybody complained.

  27. 27


  28. 28

    I don't care who is offended- this movie looks hilarious. And yes, I'll be laughing AT him- not WITH him. Lighten up people.

  29. 29

    The film MUST BOMB. It's offensive and NOT FUNNY, most of all. Dirty humor is dirty humor……..but insults and cruel stereotypes are just that. Hurtful to all !

  30. 30

    he didn't change a thing in that film and I don't think anybody complained.

    I'm a loney& successful man, hoping to find my Miss Right online. If you are looking for such man, free to know me more under "susman" on A f r o M i n g l e . c oO m which is the sole and absolute black & white people community , I think..,) see you later

  31. 31

    no one minded when he made fun of people in his last movie. i'm way over this hysteria of being sensitive to gays…..

  32. 32

    Re: The DOUCHEess

    you look soooooooooo ghettoo

  33. 33

    I've been thinking about "The counter" lately. gsty. Really want to do that again! Really bad! ;)

  34. 34

    Amazing how some of the names here were in the Letterman thread saying "let it go", "he's a comedian", etc. Hypocrites yet again. I mean, if the Letterman argument is such, then why isn't this? He's just a comedian. Besides, the demographic that actually watch this film, know better. Sounds like gays need something to protest again with this - given that the rights Obama DID get approved, most gay groups said "too little, too late" and "sure we'll take the rights, but we want MORE NOW" and one even said, it's been several MONTHS (yes months) and gays should have already had these rights, plus more, plus marriage and to hell with Obama!

  35. 35

    as a 48 yr old gay man i will not be going to this homophobic movie with gay bashing & troubleing gay stereotypes.being involved in gay civil rights for most of my life this movie does not do anything to advance our cause for full equality,it does the opposite.i hope people from the gay community stand up and picket this trash.

  36. 36

    Don't You Girlz have a sense of Humor?

    Bitch bitch bitch!!!

  37. 37

    This guy ridicule people to make a living. HE IS LIKE YOU PEREZ, over the top mediocre and without class. I feel sorry for the mother of his child, she is truly a good acctressWand seems like a down to earth girl. Why is she with him? A mystery.

  38. 38

    Who cares? If you don't like it don't go see it.

  39. 39

    Re: PP16WW – #35 BARF, AND QUIT CHEATING ON YOUR HUSBAND U TRAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. sushi says – reply to this


    Jesus, stop fucking bitching about every Goddamn thing. The gay stereotype is a stereotype for a reason. We all know Queens like he is portraying so stop acting like this is offensive.

  41. Anonymous says – reply to this


    [re=3930401]Re: The DOUCHEess #14 I AGREE WITH YOU 100% SWEETIE!

  42. 42

    Remeber something my friends. Being gay is not fabulous, cool, fantastic or special in any way shape or form. Being gay is an abomination and immoral. Regardless of what this fat slob who owns this site says, being straight is the only way to go. Go Prop 8.

  43. 43


  44. 44

    Can't wait. Bring it on. Gay people should just chill out. I'm gay and don't give a shit how he makes fun of gay people. He's funny and it's all just for fun .

  45. 45

    Get over yourselves, Divas! Gay is the new normal.

  46. 46

    This is going to be the funniest thing ever! I can't wait! Gonna bring all my friends and we are gonna have the gayest as in happiest night EVER lol Sacha Baren Cohen is THE MAN

  47. 47

    Get over it–He is funny

  48. mmus says – reply to this


    Well I don't remember people getting concerned about Borat…anyway, it's just COMEDY, people should relaax! Stop being such biatches about everything!

  49. 49

    RALLY in DC on SUNDAY!

    Support DEMOCRACY!!!!!!!

  50. 50

    I'm gay but what ever he does would not offend me! i'm not up tight tho. I'm always up for a good laugh… people need to lighten up. laugh at themselves a bit.

  51. 51

    fucking lighten up already!!!! comedy is comedy!! i am SO SICK of people being OFFENDED by everything!!! fuckin lighten up people!!!!

  52. 52

    militant gay people suck!!

  53. 53

    So it's ok to stereotype and make fun of foreigners but the Gays are off limits? God America is hypocritical….

  54. 54

    One of my two brother is gay, and he thinks "Bruno" is the best. No todos los gays se ofended como tu, Mario.

  55. 55

    get over it already!!!!!! theres so much sterotyping on TV already, so why haven't they done anything about it, like they're doing to bruno???

  56. 56

    Whoooaa, there. Hold on a second. I appreciate the desire to be politically correct and all, but we all had a good laugh at Kazakhstan's offense. The country filed suit as a result of their disapproval of the movie. That, of course, was laughed off because of the film's "satiric" quality. I laughed too, I'll admit it. And when I see Bruno, I'll laugh at the stereotype that, even without Sacha Baron Cohen, is perpetuated in popular culture INCLUDING THIS WEBSITE. Having Borat to compare with in terms of credentials can help ensure that there will be no negative side effects as a direct result of Bruno's release.

    Aren't we all intelligent enough to recognize what is and what is not real, correct, and something we would believe in our own day to day lives? Movies do NOT influence me to the extremes that this uproar would assume. It's comedy, not a direct threat to mankind as we know it.

  57. 57

    We're all stereotypes gayness. Fucking hell, it's a laugh, funny, laughter. Don't gays laugh maybe it might wrinkle their skin. Fuck me man laughter, we need more of it you sad fat liberal prick

  58. 58

    re: prsnofinterest

    Lets just leave your sick fantasies outta this conversation you sick, mindless fuck.

  59. 59

    Who gives a shit if a few gays don't find it funny?
    Stop the film from being shown?

  60. 60

    I cant imagine why there would be stereotypes…oh wait…every gay pride parade..

  61. 61

    Re: Anonymous – awww sweetness.

  62. 62

    Re: dariendarien – Didn't you already tell me that before? And Im not so i don't know why you think I would give a shit what you think.

  63. 63

    How many people, after viewing Borat, went out and beat up people with Russian accents?

    I bet the answer is zero.

    Violent Homophobes do not need Bruno to convince them that they hate gays. Usually a few beers with some like-minded morons is enough to start some gay-bashing episode. But before you think that banning alcohol might reduce violence on gays, recall that Iran bans both alcohol and gaiety in all its forms.

  64. 64

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  65. 65

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  66. tekla says – reply to this


    oh stop it mario, he's not supossed to make a film about tolerancy for gays. he's a comedian! he's not making fun of all of you homo people, he's making fun of the stupid ones! i'm all for tolerancy, but gays are becoming more and more touchy.

  67. 67

    You can't compare it to blackface at all because blackface was used in an era when blacks couldn't get movie roles and thus whites played all the black roles in films. So unless you are arguing that there are no homosexuals in Hollywood films the comparison is invalid…and if you were really trying to argue that there are no gays in Hollywood that's a failed argument on another level entirely.

    Anyways I think most intelligent people will get that the joke is about people reacting to totally out-there stuff and actually believing it because of the stereotypes they have about gay people. I remember seeing Borat and while I'm sure there were plenty of idiots who laughed for the wrong reasons I still think it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen in my life, and not in the least bit anti-semitic even though it was packed with ridiculous jew jokes.

  68. 68

    Re: Long Dong Connery

  69. 69


  70. 70

    Wow this Bruno character is really annoying to me lol

  71. 71

    Who realy cares!

  72. 72

    oh..I get it…you are censoring. Like that is EQUALITY.
    Where are my other comments??

  73. 73

    ya who gives a flying fuck stop whining this is what he does…

  74. 74

    Now the gay folks are getting paranoid.
    You haven't seen the movie yet.

    I'm tired about walking eggshells around gay people. Take your hits like a she-male! *LOL*

  75. 75

    Sometimes gay people are too sensitive.

  76. 76

    Who fucking cares? I know I don't!
    I'm going to see this movie and I'm gonna laugh my ass off!

  77. 77

    While I am bored to tears with this guy and his samey characters, making a film is "art" and screening it to people and hence changing the content is absolutely wrong in my book. This film is not for me, but, I support the right to make a film however the creators care to do it. Creating something and then asking people if it's "ok" as it was created is nuts. Don't make it in the first place if you can't stand by your own creative vision.

  78. 78

    Its satire.

    You're missing the point entirely.

    The whole idea of putting Bruno into real life situations, where he interacts with real people, is to put a mirror up to society and portray it for for what it is.

    And No, Borat wasn't poking fun at Afghanis, Borat was poking fun at society. Through his portrayal of the stereotypical character he very cleverly exposed the deepeseated racism that exists in this country and around the world.

    Bruno is a stereotypical CHARACTER, specifically developed to incite and expose the very real homophobia that exists among us.
    Which is more than I can say about Perez Hilton.. Perez is the real deal and his behaviour potentially does FAR more damage pereptuating stereotypes about homosexuals than this movie ever could.

    Choose your battles wisely Perez.

  79. 79

    i saw the screening of this film in LA and it was hilarious. everyone left the theatre chatting about how hilarious, outrageous, and different the movie was. i think people need to realize that Bruno is just a character created by Sasha Baron Cohen to entertain and amuse people - not offend. with the character he takes the stereo-types that are usually placed on the gay community and finds humor in the ridiculousness of such shallow and outrageous assumptions. i think people need to realize that art has always been controversial and no matter what there will always be people who get offended easily. i don't think Cohen has any malicious intentions with this movie, he just wants to make people laugh and for them to have a great time at the movies. what he is doing is nothing that hasn't been done before by other comedians. people are taking more attention now because this is a highly anticipated, media hyped project on such a larger scale than stand up. i think that people need to lighten up and learn how to laugh at stereotypes placed on them - stereotypes are never true, they never apply to the majority, and they are humorous because they are so unlikely. moral of the story: we all need to find a little more humor in ourselves and who we are.

  80. 80

    If anyone has ever seen the skit on his old HBO show, it's a mix of having fun and making fun of (admitted mostly) stereotypes of gay men. I really don't think it's supposed to be intentionally malicious. Everyone needs to lighten up & stop being so PC about every LITTLE thing! Loosen up & have some fun!

  81. 81

    I think if he can portray all the stereotypes in borat. y not in this one?

  82. 82

    He swings both ways!

  83. 83

    Its all for entertainment!!!!! Take a chill pill!!!!!
    There is nothing wrong with being gay and when i get to see this funny movie, my views will not change!!!! And i will not be laughing at gay views or rights i will be laughing at Sacha Cohen being a funny man :)

  84. 84

    I think the type of person who will see the movie are the type who will be laughing AT the homophobia in the film. Why would a homophobe go see this in the first place? Why cater the film to people who won't watch it? I can't wait to see it, except I hope they don't butcher it with retakes before it gets released. Hopefully the DVD copy will have the original takes on it, even if only under the Extras.

  85. 85

    It hurts looking that face, I HATE HIM!!! I love gay people and i´m sure that they don´t look like this stupid…He´s ridiculous, it´s ofensive to gay community and i hope he´ll burn in hell soon!!!