Kate Clinton

A Fine Bromance

Filed By Kate Clinton | July 16, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Media
Tags: anal bleaching, Borat, bromance, Bruno, Sacha Barren Cohen

Bruno did not open as well at the box office as Borat. Despite a studio publicity blitz, including a faux fight with Eminem at the Grammies and his own best worst efforts, Sacha Barren Cohen did not take into account that real life pesky thing called homophobia. It can really hurt ticket sales. Call a real gay person; we'll tell you all about it.

Blame at least one lost ticket sale on me. I did not see Bruno. I did not go to see Borat either. I think I had a sweater soaking. My non-attendance did not harm Borat's success. I did eventually Netflix the DVD and mutely fast-forwarded my way through it for about five minutes. I should just have settled for my friend's tears-streaming-down-their-faces re-enactments of the hilarious, to them, hijinx of Borat with the hooker, Borat with the clueless Romanians, Borat nude wrestling his fat manager. With any luck I will not have to sit through my friend's re-enactments of Bruno's anal bleaching scene.

Usually summer is one big blockbuster "Woman as Afterthought Film Festival". Studio execs in their big plush chairs watch a first cut and realize there is not a woman in the film. They find some starlet on the cheap, shoot a few love interest plot point scenes and throw them into the plot stew. This year they are not even pretending. With I Love You Man, The Hangover and Hump Day, each exploring non-sexual friendships among white men, this is the summer of the "A Fine Bromance Film Festival." Of course there are some hilarious close gay calls, not that there's anything wrong with that. The bromances are tame tea parties compared with Cohen's in your face homo tea-bagging.

Maybe I should just try to "get ueber it" but I am not comfortable with the masochistic Jack Ass meets Candid Camera, you've been punk'd genre that is post-race, post-gay and post-p.c. and demonstrates that posture by being both racist and homophobic. It is so hard to compete with reality TV. GLAAD gave Bruno a less than ringing "it's not that bad for gays until it is" endorsement. For some of my friends Bruno is hilarious. What do I know? It wouldn't surprise me if Sacha Cohen is an invited keynote speaker at the March on Washington. Especially if he appears in gay-face wearing his tulip-yellow lederhosen.

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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 16, 2009 10:17 AM

Frustrating isn't it? I mean popular culture and sports and the way they tend to marginalize women and/or Gay people.

It is more than frustrating to those of us who are trying to promote mainstream & non-stereotypical imagery in the media. The "get over it" comments never fail to get me completely incensed, especially when they come from the younger LGBT crowd who obviously have never experienced any kind of homophobia firsthand.

Oh, you mean Transformers 2 is not a chick flick?

According to Bilerico-Indiana blogger Zac Hart, Tranformers 2 is homophobic.

Donn Murray | July 16, 2009 1:19 PM

I'm in total agreement Kate. What's funny about humiliating another human being? The "got you" humor is far overrated. As a gay man, haven't we had enough of that already? Can't wait for more serious fare and in the meantime I will enjoy PBS, HBO and Showtime. Those who do not have HBO or Showtime...try Netflix. Fast and very efficient and not all that expensive compared to popcorn, soda and admission at the local multiplex. Invite some friends over and enjoy The Wire, The Tudors, Six Feet Under and so many more. All now available for rental or through Netflix.

You have no appreciation for vulgarity. That's ok. Or are you channeling the ghost of separatism? Say it ain't so.
But you're missing out on the moments: Cohen confronting the Phelps people in full naked harness. That was priceless. Or confronting Middle Eastern culture. Or at the end, when he smooches the boyfreind protected by hurricane fencing while US homophobes howl up a storm.
Beyond that, Cohen doesn't really play a queer. He plays the same part as in Borat: wierd foreigner with funny accent wanders around the US. Ho hum. The schtick is now played, and I hope it's the last we'll see of it.

Erich Riesenberg | July 17, 2009 9:11 AM

Netflix is nearly my sole entertainment. Makes good recommendations, with lots of independent choices, many streamable online to a tv or pc.