The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement late today officially denouncing the new Sacha Baron Cohen film “Bruno.” The org had screened the movie in late April at the invitation of Universal, and had sent the studio a letter with a list of concerns. Apparently, the filmmakers had not responded.
Incoming GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios wrote: “In many parts of the United States, lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) people live life in harm’s way. We are among the
most frequently targeted for hate crimes—including physical attacks,
verbal assaults and destruction of our property. In particular, LGBT
youth experience bullying and violence in school and social
settings–harassment that contributes to lower self-respect, depression
and increased incidence of suicide.
“Into this context steps the
movie “Brüno,” an 80-some-minute series of sketches apparently intended
to skewer these homophobic attitudes—and get some laughs along the way.
Clearly, the filmmakers wanted to use satire to highlight and challenge
homophobia. But their film also reinforces troubling attitudes about
gay people in ways that run counter to the intentions of the filmmakers.”
The full letter is here.
The org acknowledged that “some members of our community will not be offended by the film” but said that GLAAD found it “frustrating and discouraging.”