Arts Austria is the New Kazakhstan
posted by November 28 at 15:51 PMon
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.”