CATEGORIES Hot TopicWith the world still reeling from the tragic news of Michael Jackson's untimely death, Universal Pictures made a game-time decision before last night's US premiere of 'Bruno' to cut a segment of the film that poked fun at the legendary King of Pop. With the world still reeling from the tragic news of Michael Jackson's untimely death, Universal Pictures made a game-time decision before last night's U.S. premiere of 'Bruno' to cut a segment of the film that poked fun at the legendary King of Pop.
The clip in question features Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as his gay Austrian fashion reporter alter-ego, interviewing LaToya Jackson. In the absurdist tone his fans have come to expect, Baron Cohen mocks Jackson's trademark white glove, asks LaToya to talk in a higher voice so she'll sound like her brother and finally snatches her Blackberry and proceeds to read off Michael's phone number in German. While the bit is tame by comparison to the other 99 percent of the movie, director Larry Charles and Universal felt it best to pull the clip out of respect for the iconic singer and his family.
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With 'Bruno' set to open wide on July 10, the studio now faces the dilemma of whether to undertake the costly process of cutting the scene from thousands of prints of film or, should the clip remain intact, risk alienating audiences. "We decided to take it out for tonight and we'll reassess before the release whether to keep it out," Larry Charles told The Hollywood Reporter.
What do you think: Would it be inappropriate to leave the scene in, or is it OK in the name of entertainment?