Can’t say we expected this one. After ticking off just about everybody from Ron Paul to Paula Abdul, Brüno has offended a most unlikely group: the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s not-so-subtly gay Austrian fashionista took a trip to the States for his latest movie, and stopped off in Los Angeles to do a GQ photo shoot at Birmingham High with some big, muscly, sweaty football players. Look at that photo: he seems to be enjoying himself. But the LAUSD chief isn’t.
Superintendent Ramon Cortines, who, now that summer break is here clearly has a lot of time on his hands, is outraged — outraged! — that one of his schools would let their players have a little fun, and get some national exposure to boot.
Read his statement. You can actually hear him sputtering, stammering to get the words out, so incensed is he by this rampant indecency.
“This is very serious,” Cortines said Monday. “This smacks of soft porn … the cover picture of the magazine and the photos and a school is no place for that.”
Thanks, John Lithgow from Footloose.
Cortines blamed Birmingham Principal Marcia Coates and athletic director Rick Prizant, and asked local district Supt. Jean Brown “to take the appropriate action.” Both Coates and Prizant declined to comment.
Brown, who said the district was “very embarrassed” by the shoot, said she was attempting to determine who was responsible, after which “we’ll decide what our next steps are going to be.”
Obviously the concern is with the subject matter, and not the photoshoot in the first place. Do you think you’d be hearing these veiled threats if the subject of the shoot weren’t a hairless, near-naked man, but instead Hilary Rhoda, who we hear likes to take half-naked pictures with football players?
Now does this really look like the face of a man who’s corrupting our kids? (Don’t answer that.)