by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Sacha Baron Cohen’s new gay flick Brueno has been banned in Ukraine for alleged immorality, obscenity and impropriety.
The Culture Ministry said it was displeased with the movie’s “artistically unjustified” gay sex scenes, obscene language, nudity, graphic homosexuality, sadism and anti-social behavior.
In the U.S., the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation also has dissed the film.
“The filmmakers wanted to use satire to highlight and challenge homophobia,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “But their film also reinforces troubling attitudes about gay people in ways that run counter to the intentions of the filmmakers.
“The movie repeatedly builds entire scenes around stock stereotypes and situations that make gay people and families the butt of crude jokes. I can’t help but think of all the teenage kids already getting bullied, beat up and ridiculed for being – or for being thought to be – gay. For these kids, this movie will give their tormentors one more word in the anti-gay lexicon of slurs: Brueno.”
Some gay bloggers and Facebook users who have seen the film say GLAAD is humorless and needs to find its funnybone – a charge the group occasionally has encountered before.