Bruno: Activist or Stereotype?

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Bruno, the flamboyantly gay Austrain fashion reporter played by Sacha Baron Cohen, has a feature length film. Due to many wild premiers – from bull-fighting in Madrid to dressing as a Buckingham Palace guard in London –  and a unique stunt with Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards, The Bruno Movie has already earned much attention. Noting that the film outs the implicit homophobia of straight American men, The New York Times called the film “A Plea for Tolerance in Tight Shorts.” Austrians, though, aren’t particularly amused.


M. Rebekah Otto lives in Berkeley, CA. She grew up in Chicago. Her current interests include her new nine-to-five, vintage wallpaper, and Evan S. Connell. Also, she's the former Books Editor of the Rumpus. More from this author →