Thursday, July 30, 2009

Further Thoughts on Bruno

I was going to write a philosophical-type post about how Sasha Baron Cohen angers us because he gets people to do and say things that we would rather not hear or see. Their behaviour disturbs us, so instead of blaming them, we blame the guy who provoked the behaviour.
We're not upset with a comedian pranking Ron Paul - that's something that most public figures are exposed to at some point. We're upset that Ron Paul took it seriously and reacted poorly. But that's hard to accept if you respect and admire the guy a great deal.
Frankly, I was shocked at his reaction. I felt sickened by it. When I first saw him on the screen I thought, "Well, good luck, guy. You'll never get a negative reaction out of Ron Paul."
However, in spite of my surprise, I knew who was really to blame for Ron Paul's behaviour - Ron Paul.

But I'm not going to waste any more time defending some movie that everyone will have forgotten about in ten years, and I'm not going to waste any more time justifying my opinions. A huge part of my year has been death and depression. I went to a funny movie. I laughed at Ron Paul and many others behaving like jackasses. I felt better for a few minutes.

Deal with it.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have never really understood why people get so riled up about what Sasha Baron Cohen does. It's hard to find good guerrilla social comedy anymore.

SME said...

I understand it now. And it still doesn't make any sense. Especially since the same people who berate Cohen are usually the same people who loved Candid Camera, Just for Laughs Gags, Punk'd, etc.

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Al-truist said...

I found an interesting counterpoint to your Bruno review:

Walking out on Bruno