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Originally posted by mr-lizard
(Oh and if you cannot understand Sasha Baron Cohen, then i dread what you'll think about Chris Morris's up and coming 'four lions' movie)*
* 'who' I hear you say.... Yeah go back to watching friends at least there's a laughter track you can be prompted to react to.
[edit on 23-6-2009 by mr-lizard]
Originally posted by BlackOps719
I think it is odd and maybe unfortunate that he would target Dr. Paul for some type of gag,
Originally posted by triplesod
I know very little about Ron Paul, all I do know is that he is a known racist, or at least very right wing. Would that be true? If so, it doesn't seem too extraordinary that SBC - a vocal anti-racist, liberal left winger - would target him, does it?
If I have misunderstood and Ron Paul isn't racist or right wing, I would be very grateful if someone who knows about him properly would share some knowledge with me.
A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.
The collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.
Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.
It is the federal government that most divides us by race, class, religion, and gender. Through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, government plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails. Government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility among us.
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than as individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism.
The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence - not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.
In a free society, every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.
Bruno is a one-joke character in a one-joke movie, and it's a joke Baron Cohen beats into the ground. He's a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion correspondent who repeatedly shocks people with his flamboyant gayness. The end.
In small doses - on the TV show and at the film's high-energy start - he can be a hoot. Here, big laughs come intermittently, and the longer "Bruno" drags on, the more apparent it becomes that there's nothing to him. He's as vapid as the celebrity culture he's stridently spoofing - which makes it hard to care about him.
He copies some of the tactics he's seen other celebrities use to achieve and maintain a place in the spotlight, such as adopting an African baby or making a sex tape - seriously easy pickings. When Bruno undresses and hits on Ron Paul in a hotel room under the guise of interviewing him for a talk show, the former presidential candidate reacts to being ambushed by a stranger the way anyone would - male or female, gay or straight. No real revelations to be found there.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Foppezao
I hope my post didn't come across homophobic either. That is not the case, but his character is designed to elicit that response. In most cases, I like all sexualities of people. I have some homo-sexual acquaintances that I am fond of, but if I were cornered in a bedroom in an overtly aggressive fashion, my response would probably be violent. It would not matter if this were a homosexual actor or a heterosexual gorilla! I just don't play a victim too well!