Friday, July 10, 2009

A Strategy for Ron Paul Supporters in Dealing with 'Brüno'

The new Sacha Baron Cohen film opens today. Cohen plays Brüno, a blond, flamboyantly gay fashion journalist from Austria.Of the film, WSJ's Joe Moregenstern says, " Mr. Baron Cohen commits the cardinal sin of unfunniness." It doesn't surprise me. Brüno was always my least favorite of Cohen's HBO characters. Give me Ali G, any day.

For Ron Paul supporters, of course, the entire movie will be about the Cohen set up of Ron Paul. Morgenstern explains:

“Brüno,” like “Borat,” is a mockumentary, a series of encounters with people who may or may not be in on the basic joke that the whole thing is a put-on. In the first film, most of those encounters were deliciously ambiguous. In the new film, though, many if not most seem to be put-up jobs involving faux victims on the production’s payroll, so what’s the point, apart from mechanical shock and manufactured controversy? One ambush was clearly the real thing, a mirthless encounter with Ron Paul, the Libertarian Texas Representative and former presidential candidate, during which Brüno strips seductively to his skivvies. But the result is only embarrassment. Mr. Paul, disgusted, wants nothing more than to be out of there, and you can’t blame him.
Reports out of Hollywood have it that when test screenings of the movie were first shown that spontaneous cheers by audience members occurred went they recognized Ron Paul on the screen. I say if the movie is as bad as it sounds and some Paulians still plan on attending, they should cheer madly at the first sight of Ron Paul and at the end of the Ron Paul scene. At the end of the movie, if there are enough of you, walk out chanting, "Ron Paul, Ron Paul."

Make it a Ron Paul marketing event, so that anyone not knowing who Ron Paul is turns to the person they went to the movie with and asks, "Why is everyone cheering for that guy, Ron Paul?"

AS for me, I'll be in the theatre next to you watching, 'Soul Power' which Morgenstern says:

... is marvelous, and no wonder—among the performers in this concert film are James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba and Celia Cruz, all at the peak of their powers. The concert, which has come to be called “Zaire ’74,” was supposed to run in conjunction with “The Rumble in the Jungle.” That’s the legendary fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, and the subject of Leon Gast’s superb 1996 documentary “When We Were Kings.” When Mr. Foreman cut his eye during training the fight was delayed six weeks, but the concert went on as scheduled—12 hours of music and dance over three nights. The new documentary, directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, was created with outtakes from the earlier one, which focused on the fight rather than the concert. These outtakes—including fascinating footage of Mr. Ali himself—outshine most conventional movies’ takes.
But on entering my theatre and leaving, I'll be listening for the Rom Paul chants.


  1. Wenzel,

    I see what you're after, but it's a little cultish and weird to be chanting another fallible human being's name like that, too. Meh.

  2. Sasha Cohen (alias Bruno, alias Borat) does not give uncontrolled interviews himself and insists on all questions being submitted in writing before hand. He and his minders control all his contacts with the media very rigorously. In other words, he can dish it out, but can't take it.