That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Some gay rights orgs fear that Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming “Bruno” will play into stereotypes and should contain a disclaimer, reports the New York Times. The pic features many scenes in which the title character — a flamboyant gay fashion journalist — comes on to them. Among those who were duped is Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who stormed out of an interview and said, “This guy is queer.”
Brooks Barnes writes, “Ultimately the tension surrounding “Brüno” 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.”
Brad Luna of the Human Rights Campaign tells Barnes, “We strongly feel that Sacha Baron Cohen and Universal Pictures have a responsibility to remind the viewing public right there in the theater that this is intended to expose homophobia.”
I think I have to see the movie first…
Too “Celebrity”?: Bill Maher thinks it’s time for President Obama to rein in the exposure. He writes in the Los Angeles Times, “It’s getting to where you can’t turn on your TV without seeing Obama. Who does he think he is, Dick Cheney? Come on, sir, you don’t have to be on television every minute of every day. You’re the president, not a rerun of “Law and Order.” Save some charisma for a rainy day. Taking strangers from a TV show on a tour of your house? We have that show; it’s called “Cribs.” And letting reporters ask you questions like “You like to be the one who picks out the shaving cream, don’t you?” Or as it’s called today, “journalism.” I was willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt until I saw him take Brian Williams into his bedroom, and at the end of the bed there was a teleprompter and it said, “Who’s your daddy?”