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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Austria is the New Kazakhstan

posted by on November 28 at 15:51 PM


From the Kuwaiti Times, of all publications…

After the worldwide success of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, that turned the central Asian country into global laughing stock, Austria now fears becoming the irreverent British comedian’s next victim.

Universal Studios announced that after Borat wreaked havoc in the United States, he will be succeeded by Bruno “a gay, stupid, self-centred and Nazi-adoring Austrian, lifestyle journalist.”

Bruno works along the same lines as Baron Cohen’s alter ego Borat Sagdiyev from Da Ali G Show. Both show alarming dress sense, misbehave unscrupulously and provoke even more embarrassing reactions from their unsuspecting, but often not undeserving victims.

Bruno hosts “Funkyzeit mit Brueno” (funky time with Brueno) on a fictional Austrian TV channel, conducts interviews on fashion, celebrities and homosexuality….

Similar panic is now spreading among Austria’s tourism marketers, who fear that the gay fashionista, Bruno, will trigger images of a country brimful of Nazis instead of the advertised mountains, blue lakes and pretty girls in Dirndl folk costumes.

Hm… Borat, however offensive he was to rube sensibilities, was at least a straight character. I somehow doubt that Sasha Baron Cohen will survive the filming of a Bruno movie if he attempts a similar sort of road trip through the American “heartland.”

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Yes, but while Borat exposes racist, xenophobic, rural "rubes", Bruno will likely embarrass pretentious, self-involved, citified libertines (uh oh). I wouldn't be surprised if this persona skips the backwaters entirely in favor of urban targets.

Posted by djfits | November 28, 2006 4:18 PM

i hope he avoids doing the same thing again...i think cohen is a funny guy, but he keeps going to the same well...borat was just an extended episode of the ali g show...

Posted by michael strangeways | November 28, 2006 4:37 PM

Um, no, he went for the backwaters as well with Bruno, at least when he used the character on The Ali G Show. At one point he comes very close to getting himself killed.

Oh, and the one where he gets a bunch of students, I think in Florida, to go through all kinds of increasingly rowdy behaviour, including baring their asses to the camera, and then at the end tells them to shout "Hello Austrian Gay TV!" is just priceless.

Posted by Art | November 28, 2006 4:39 PM

Also Austria, IMHO, *is* full of people who quietly wishing the war had gone the other way. The atitude to the war is certainly very different from the mortifications of the Germans.

Posted by Art | November 28, 2006 4:44 PM

The Ali G Show has already featured several episodes with Bruno vs. homophobes, and the threat of violence is always just below the surface. Check out the episode where he cheer leads for a U of Alabama football game, or when he interviews a bunch of college wrestlers in Daytona Beach for spring break. Just as funny as Borat.

Posted by Sean | November 28, 2006 4:45 PM

@4 is most likely correct.

Of course Arnie will think this is great.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 28, 2006 4:46 PM

To me, the key difference is that the Borat character is funny.

Posted by PA Native | November 28, 2006 4:59 PM

oh well, i guess i've outed myself as someone who doesn't really watch "da" ali g show. regardless...


Posted by djfits | November 28, 2006 5:28 PM

@5 - or how about when he goes to the british skinhead music festival?

Posted by Charles | November 28, 2006 5:51 PM

Say what you like, the guy definitely has balls of steel to do some of that stuff.

Posted by Art | November 28, 2006 5:54 PM
Posted by Tiffany | November 28, 2006 6:51 PM

In the show, Bruno usually made fun of urbanites.

Posted by poochy | November 28, 2006 7:10 PM

I have to say, the Ali G show stuff was gold. Re: Bruno, do you guys remember that one episode he's interviewing this conservative pastor? Seriously, thats one of the episodes where Cohen's genius really shines thru..

(on the subject of homosexuality..)
Pastor: "It says here clearly in Romans chapter.."
Bruno: "I LOVE Romans!"
I about fall off my chair when he goes into the 'achiya/nitsch-nitsch' routine'

Posted by aligfan | November 28, 2006 7:38 PM


Bruno is by far my favourite Cohen - you guys have to go out and buy I think it's season 2 DVD Ali G (or rent…) He's the over the top fAAAaaabulous fashion correspondent who makes fun of the overly faaaabulous and fashionistas.

But when everyone speaks the same language it's mesmerising. At one point he prompts a fashion guy with (paraphrase) "Fashion does more for people than doctors, don’t' you think?" to which the guy replies "oh definitely…"

Not to mention when Bruno visits a gun show (or is it an NRA rally) in the deep south - talking about the importance of freedom - for the gun heads its freedom to bear arms - and Bruno says (paraphrase) "Freedom is soo important - you know like the freedom for me and my boyfriend to walk down the street in Austria holding hands….. " The gun guy doesn't have a clue what he's got himself into but DOES know " as long as you don’t try and convert me or any of my family we won't have no problems… but if you do….."

Simply Amazing - I heart Bruno

Posted by I Heart Bruno | November 29, 2006 2:40 AM

Here's the clip with the spring breakers. This was the first Cohen bit I ever saw and it had me in tears.

Posted by Sean | November 29, 2006 9:57 AM

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