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Libertarians Gone Wild

I can't say I agree with this but I think Dr. Paul has a good sense of humor.


Libertarians Gone Wild

Ron Paul's insane cameo in the upcoming Bruno movie.
By Christopher BeamPosted Monday, March 16, 2009, at 6:16 PM ET

Note: This article contains spoilers about Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming movie, Bruno.

Presidential candidates will do almost anything for publicity. But Ron Paul's appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming Bruno movie suggests he draws the line at making sex tapes with gay Austrian TV hosts.

In a five-minute scene, comedian Cohen tries—and fails—to seduce the Texas congressman and former Republican presidential candidate in a Washington hotel room. A spokeswoman for Paul confirmed the appearance but declined to discuss details, which were provided by two people who attended a test screening last week.

The film, slated for release in July, is the follow-up to 2006's Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, about a Kazakh news reporter's quest to find a wife. Bruno follows a similar arc: After the flamboyant TV host's show in Austria gets canceled, he heads to the United States to try to resurrect his career.

The scene with Paul, filmed in early 2008, occurs about halfway through the movie, after Bruno gets the idea that you have to make a sex tape to become famous. (Stop reading here if you want to see the movie unspoiled.)

Cut to a nondescript hotel suite where Bruno sits across from Ron Paul. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, a light blows out on the set. Bruno apologizes for the technical difficulties and suggests that he and Paul wait in the other room while the crew fixes the light.

The other room, it turns out, is a bedroom. The lighting is low, and the film is now grainy—not unlike a sex tape—as it cuts to a hidden spy camera. There's a spread of Champagne and strawberries and caviar on a table.

Bruno tells Paul to make himself comfortable. Paul sits down on the bed. Bruno turns on some music and starts dancing. Paul is visibly uneasy but doesn't say anything at first. He picks up a newspaper and pretends to read it. "You can tell at each weird gay detail, he [chalks] it up to, This guy is European," says one of the attendees.

Finally, Paul asks what's going on. "Don't worry about it, Dr. Paul," says Bruno, who then unbuckles his belt and drops his pants. At that point, Paul snaps up and storms out of the room.

As Paul is walking away, you can hear him say, several times, something like, "This guy is a queer!" "The word queer comes out of his mouth three or four times," says an attendee.

A spokeswoman for Paul confirmed that the episode took place but declined to provide details. "We don't want it to distract from his message," said press secretary Rachel Mills. "Now is the time when people need to be listening to him on economic issues."

Mills, who was present at the taping, did elaborate on the "queer" line. "I heard him say 'weird,' " she wrote in an e-mail. "In any case, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Queer as Folk … it's not exactly a shocking term if that's what he did say."

Mills also noted that Cohen's people were "very deceptive in their tactics." At the time, she thought they were "legitimate," but now confesses to some concern. "I'm familiar with his work, so you can imagine how I feel about it," she said.

The rest of the movie is a mix of interviews and stunts targeting celebrities and conservatives of various stripes. At one point, Bruno enrolls in a homosexual reprogramming course with evangelical Christians and spends the whole time hitting on the trainers. He sits down with a leader of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, who tells Bruno to leave after Bruno tells him "your King Osama" looks like a "dirty wizard." During an interview with Paula Abdul, Bruno makes immigrant day laborers get down on their hands and knees and serve as furniture. And in the movie's much-hyped set piece, he stages a cage fight in Arkansas where, to the audience's surprise, he proceeds to make out passionately with another man.

Jesse Benton, senior vice president of Campaign for Liberty and former campaign spokesman for Paul, said Paul was not familiar with Cohen's HBO program, Da Ali G Show. "If it's not on hard-core financial news, he doesn't follow it," Benton said. But, he added, "It sounds like it's going to be pretty funny."

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does Cohen have a predisposition to embarrassing libertarian republicans and acting as if he is embarrassing a "status quo" politician??? Either the guy is ignorant of US politics or he seems to have a bias towards that. I think it would be hilarious and totally righteous of him if he would go after real turd-lickers like Guilliani, Clinton, Romney and all the other establishment ding-dongs that were running. Or maybe all the bad politicians have good PR, I don't know...


cohen is a queer. Real simple.

That is such a dumb ass

That is such a dumb ass answer!

Doesn't Dr. Paul have to sign a waiver or something?

I'm not a lawyer obviously, but isn't there some legal recourse that could be taken?

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If there were 400 (or more) politicians in DC protecting my liberty, privacy, and prosperity then maybe this might have a tiny sliver of mirth. As things stand now I hope Sasha Cohen gets eaten by maggots and then flushed down the toilet. That worthless imbecile will never get another penny out of me. And I mean NEVER.

As much as...

I'd like to get mad at the Borat guy for doing this, in the end its his schtick and he only succeeds when he he is able to fool gullible people. This proves to me that the people surrounding Ron Paul in his press relations area are incompetent morons. For a candidate with young, "hip" people working for him whom you would think are atleast mildly on top of things relating to pop culture, this was an absolute FAILURE. Whoever booked this interview for him should have been fired, no ifs ands or buts. It is the cherry on top of a poorly managed campaign that failed to properly utilize the immense resources it received in money to put up a real fight in the campaign. I don't care if they "tricked" you into it or not, you failed everyone for falling for that BS. Embarrassing to say the least, I know the media is going to do everything it can to milk this for all its worth in making Ron Paul look bad...

I've heard that they are pretty tricksy

I think Bob Barr said in an interview that a legit. media company
did the initial contacts---also, the victims don't see "Bruno" until the
last moment. They have a very legit/serious looking person who
seems like the person doing the interview. - It is switched with
the character at the last moment - which means you need to have
staff looking for warning signs even during interviews. Just what
I've heard---you do wonder if any staff get paid off or infultrated.

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I hope

everyone just downloads this stupid movie and this jerk doesn't make a dime.

Unfortunately the masses

Unfortunately the masses like this slop. We need to move on. It is embarrassing but RP did fine. We have more important things to worry about.

Poor Ron Paul...

Didn't they learn anything from Bob Barr?

Borat should apologise to Rachel

A mench would.

But a putz would not

Sacha now has the opportunity to define himself.

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