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06.26.2009

BRUNO In the upcoming BRUNO, Sacha Baron Cohen as the titular gay fashion reporter talks to LaToya Jackson and, of course, asks snide questions about her controversial brother. With the shocking death of Michael Jackson, however, Cohen, BRUNO director Larry Charles and Universal felt it was best to cut the scene from the film before its LA premiere. As for when the film premieres nationally on July 10th? Charles had this to say, "We decided to take it out for tonight, and we'll reassess before the release whether to keep it out." Cutting the scene from every print could prove to be a tough and expensive process but keeping it in could also affect its box office performance with people being understandably put off by it in the wake of what's happened. What do you guys think? Should it stay in?

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9:28AM on 06/29/2009

leave it in

Art forms shouldn't be messed with.
Art forms shouldn't be messed with.
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9:00AM on 06/29/2009
This movie is meant to offend everyone so who gives a fuck. Leave it in. While many think its too soon, I guarantee many more think that its all good. All at work last week I was hearing Jackson jokes. Hell, there is even a [link] website.

Heard he died of food poisoning. 12 yr old nuts.

Fawcett did Majors. Jackson did Minors.

Got em!

Leave it in
This movie is meant to offend everyone so who gives a fuck. Leave it in. While many think its too soon, I guarantee many more think that its all good. All at work last week I was hearing Jackson jokes. Hell, there is even a [link] website.

Heard he died of food poisoning. 12 yr old nuts.

Fawcett did Majors. Jackson did Minors.

Got em!

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9:33PM on 06/28/2009

Ridiculous

Yeah he was the king of pop, but his death does not rule out the fact that he's been accused of fondling little boys since 1993, in which he paid the accusers family nearly 20 million dollars. It's like if Chris Brown died and everyone be sad. But they all would forget that he beat the living shit out of his girl.
Yeah he was the king of pop, but his death does not rule out the fact that he's been accused of fondling little boys since 1993, in which he paid the accusers family nearly 20 million dollars. It's like if Chris Brown died and everyone be sad. But they all would forget that he beat the living shit out of his girl.
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11:45AM on 06/28/2009

Dumb Move

Whether he is dead or not doesn't change the fact that he was bat shit crazy and possibly the worst kind of criminal,at the end of day,no matter what anyone says about him.....he probably deserves it.
Whether he is dead or not doesn't change the fact that he was bat shit crazy and possibly the worst kind of criminal,at the end of day,no matter what anyone says about him.....he probably deserves it.
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7:00PM on 06/27/2009

Smart move

It is bad enough this character is in bad taste already, so to have this guy ask stupid questions about a Legend who just past away would be awful. Maybe on the Blu-ray release they can have an option to view it but for the box office....leave it out!
It is bad enough this character is in bad taste already, so to have this guy ask stupid questions about a Legend who just past away would be awful. Maybe on the Blu-ray release they can have an option to view it but for the box office....leave it out!
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1:08PM on 06/27/2009

keep it in

It'd be like you shot a movie in New York and then 9/11 happens and like three months later your movie is going to open and now you think you should cut the shots out of the movie that had the towers? I wouldn't...it is what it is. Leave it.
It'd be like you shot a movie in New York and then 9/11 happens and like three months later your movie is going to open and now you think you should cut the shots out of the movie that had the towers? I wouldn't...it is what it is. Leave it.
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4:30AM on 06/27/2009
Some very bad timing. If this makes huge word, it doesn't matter how funny the film is, it'll be affected to some degree. If they're at a late point in the game when cutting the scene will cost a lot of money, then better to take that road.

Not only that, it's respectful. I know this past decade we only saw Wacko Jacko but these past two days have been a time of pause and reflection of the King of Pop that we knew through his legendary hits. So let the healing happen and eventually release
Some very bad timing. If this makes huge word, it doesn't matter how funny the film is, it'll be affected to some degree. If they're at a late point in the game when cutting the scene will cost a lot of money, then better to take that road.

Not only that, it's respectful. I know this past decade we only saw Wacko Jacko but these past two days have been a time of pause and reflection of the King of Pop that we knew through his legendary hits. So let the healing happen and eventually release the scene on DVD. R.I.P.
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11:33PM on 06/26/2009
i can't wait for Bruno. hopefully he doesn't just recycle all the best parts from Da Ali G Show. and i wish he kept the gay mohawk.
i can't wait for Bruno. hopefully he doesn't just recycle all the best parts from Da Ali G Show. and i wish he kept the gay mohawk.
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10:51PM on 06/26/2009

Leave it

There's no excuse for censorship, not even in the wake of Jackson's death:

-We were all pretty fine with poking at his eccentric personality before... I mean, Chrissakes he's a pop-culture staple. You get that high in the food chain, you WILL be made fun of. Especially if you have/had a pet monkey.

-How come so negative about it? I think it'd be a fitting tribute to his relevance. Hell... it's kind of eerie that the movie had the scene in it and he dies the day it premiers in
There's no excuse for censorship, not even in the wake of Jackson's death:

-We were all pretty fine with poking at his eccentric personality before... I mean, Chrissakes he's a pop-culture staple. You get that high in the food chain, you WILL be made fun of. Especially if you have/had a pet monkey.

-How come so negative about it? I think it'd be a fitting tribute to his relevance. Hell... it's kind of eerie that the movie had the scene in it and he dies the day it premiers in LA.

People are just full of weird little quirks and ideas of what's appropriate/not appropriate. His corpse isn't being raped.

Buck up. He was a public figure. If anything they should've just added an 'in memory' or something similar to just say "Hey, we made a few jokes, we know the guy died, r.i.p, et cetera"

Same way I didn't understand taking out the twin towers from 2001 releases. The terrorists won, man... because we're a bunch of over-sentimental rabbit's foot rubbers.
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10:36PM on 06/26/2009
i thought borat was way overrated, and not going to watch this shit in the cinemas.

but i think it be wise for them to take it now coz its just bad PR
i thought borat was way overrated, and not going to watch this shit in the cinemas.

but i think it be wise for them to take it now coz its just bad PR
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8:33PM on 06/26/2009
I think is should go, Its just respectful, Jackson jokes got old about 15 years ago anyway.
I think is should go, Its just respectful, Jackson jokes got old about 15 years ago anyway.
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7:51PM on 06/26/2009

i wonder...

if it was some snide comments about Heath Ledger shortly after he had passed, how many of you would be saying take it out. I mean come on, i dont think anybody wanan hear something distasteful about Mike this soon after his death even if it is all for jokes.
if it was some snide comments about Heath Ledger shortly after he had passed, how many of you would be saying take it out. I mean come on, i dont think anybody wanan hear something distasteful about Mike this soon after his death even if it is all for jokes.
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7:05PM on 06/26/2009

nice gesture

I think it is a nice gesture to cut it out. MJ was a child diddler and an all-around freak, but dude lived a miserable life and died young. It is a classy move to proactively take it out. Now if the movie came out and people started shitting themselves because the scene was left IN, well that would be lame. But you can't fault them for trying to do the cool thing and take it out without having to be asked.
I think it is a nice gesture to cut it out. MJ was a child diddler and an all-around freak, but dude lived a miserable life and died young. It is a classy move to proactively take it out. Now if the movie came out and people started shitting themselves because the scene was left IN, well that would be lame. But you can't fault them for trying to do the cool thing and take it out without having to be asked.
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6:52PM on 06/26/2009
if you are offended by such, what are you doing watching a movie like Bruno?
if you are offended by such, what are you doing watching a movie like Bruno?
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6:49PM on 06/26/2009
Leave it in, put a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie and let the thin skinned leave the theater....
Leave it in, put a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie and let the thin skinned leave the theater....
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6:34PM on 06/26/2009
Fuck that, LEAVE IT IN, I am so sick of how pussy this country has become.
Fuck that, LEAVE IT IN, I am so sick of how pussy this country has become.
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6:14PM on 06/26/2009

good idea

probably for the best. maybe have in the dvd
probably for the best. maybe have in the dvd
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6:06PM on 06/26/2009
CUT IT.

But then, I despise Sacha Baron Cohen and don't plan on seeing this anyway, so anything goes.
CUT IT.

But then, I despise Sacha Baron Cohen and don't plan on seeing this anyway, so anything goes.
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5:53PM on 06/26/2009
Can't really judge till it comes out and you get a chance to see the actual scene, but as of now I would agree with what the other people are saying and leave it in. The studio will ultimately have two choices. Either leave it in or not, and if you leave it in you take the risk of SOME people not watching it, in which you are losing money, and also law suits perhaps? If you take it out, from the sound of it will be costly and take much time. They must weigh both choices accordingly.
Can't really judge till it comes out and you get a chance to see the actual scene, but as of now I would agree with what the other people are saying and leave it in. The studio will ultimately have two choices. Either leave it in or not, and if you leave it in you take the risk of SOME people not watching it, in which you are losing money, and also law suits perhaps? If you take it out, from the sound of it will be costly and take much time. They must weigh both choices accordingly.
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4:17PM on 06/26/2009

KEEP IT IN PART 2

you can't even fart without the FAAF people coming after you! this is getting rediculous. Farters ASSocation against farting, made that up just now.
you can't even fart without the FAAF people coming after you! this is getting rediculous. Farters ASSocation against farting, made that up just now.
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4:14PM on 06/26/2009

Keep it in.

I say leave it in. It's not like they could of predicted he was going to die. Besides it seems like he busting Latoya's balls for Michael's number only shows or suggests that even Bruno loved the King of Pop!It's not like he ran to film one of the Jackson's after his death to do a joke like that when he just died.
I say leave it in. It's not like they could of predicted he was going to die. Besides it seems like he busting Latoya's balls for Michael's number only shows or suggests that even Bruno loved the King of Pop!It's not like he ran to film one of the Jackson's after his death to do a joke like that when he just died.
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4:13PM on 06/26/2009
I understand the desire to be sensitive. But this is Cohen? He's Mr. Fake Controversy. I would think if you're offended by this, you're offended by the whole movie. Having not seen the movie, I won't judge whether or not this scene affects my opinion of it.
I understand the desire to be sensitive. But this is Cohen? He's Mr. Fake Controversy. I would think if you're offended by this, you're offended by the whole movie. Having not seen the movie, I won't judge whether or not this scene affects my opinion of it.
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