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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno Just Says No To Gays — Or Does He?

A disguised Sacha Baron Cohen marched with anti-gay activists to support the California Proposition 8, which would ban the recently enacted California allowance of gay and lesbian marriage, Associated Press reports.borat2.jpg

The British comedian is working on a film based on the fictional character Bruno, a gay Austrian fashion reporter who conducted gag interviews on HBO‘s “Da Ali G Show.”

Cohen, in disguise in a blond wig and preppy outfit, marched with demonstrators who support Proposition 8 while being trailed by cameras in a rally across in a rally across from Los Angeles City Hall.

When photographers and reporters realized who he was and tried to approach the star, members of his film crew tried to shield him, and he was eventually whisked away in a van.

Cohen, who has made a career out of filming unwitting victims of his fake identities, also played a journalist in the hit movie “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

Time‘s 100 Most Influential Includes Borat, Bin Laden, Obama, Tyra, Not You


Time magazine’s annual list of its 100 most influential people is out. Borat‘s Sacha Baron Cohen (not Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat”) Barack Obama, Osama, Tyra Banks, Brian Grazer and Tony Dungee and Yankees pitchers Chien-ming Wang (seriously) made the list. We (“You”) didn’t.

TIME 100: The Complete List

Leaders & Revolutionaries
King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia
Peter Akinola, archbishiop, Nigeria
Mohamed Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir, president, Sudan
Osama bin Laden
Michael Bloomberg, mayor, New York City
Raul Castro, acting president, Cuba
Hillary Clinton, U.S. senator from New York
Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom
Sonia Gandhi, chair, Indian National Congress Party
Hu Jintao, president, China
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader, Iran
Liu Qi, chief, Beijing Olympic Committee
Tzipi Livni, foreign minister, Israel
Angela Merkel, chancellor, Germany
Barack Obama, U.S. senator from Illinois
Nancy Pelosi, speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
David Petraeus, commanding general, U.S. Army
Pope Benedict XVI
Condoleezza Rice, U.S. secretary of state
John Roberts, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor, California

Builders & Titans
Bernard Arnault, French businessman
Richard Branson, CEO, Virgin
Rhonda Byrne, author, The Secret
Steve Chen & Chad Hurley, founders, YouTube
Steve Cohen, hedge fund manager
Clare Furse, chief executive, London Stock Exchange
Ho Ching, chief executive, Temasek
Steve Jobs, founder and CEO, Apple
Ken Lewis, CEO, Bank of America
Erik Lie, finance professor, University of Iowa
Pony Ma, founder and CEO, Tencent
Lakshmi Mittal, CEO, Arcelor Steel
Shigeru Miyamoto, game designer, Nintendo
Michael Moritz, investor, Sequoia Capital
Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo
Cyril Ramaphosa, South African union leader
Philip Rosedale, founder, Second Life
Stephen Schwarzman, CEO, Blackstone Group
Katsuaki Watanabe, president and ceo, Toyota

Artists & Entertainers
Cate Blanchett, actress
Sacha Baron Cohen, actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
Alber Elbaz, creative director, Lanvin
America Ferrera, actress
Tina Fey, actress and writer
Simon Fuller, creator, American Idol
Brian Grazer, producer
John Mayer, musician
David Mitchell, author
Kate Moss, fashion model
Yossou N’Dour, musician
Anna Netrebko, opera singer
Rosie O’Donnell, comedian and talk show host
Brad Pitt, actor
Shonda Rhimes, actress and writer
Nora Roberts, romance novelist
Rick Rubin, music producer
Martin Scorsese, director
Justin Timberlake, musician
Kara Walker, artist
Brian Williams, anchor, NBC Nightly News

Scientists & Thinkers
Paul Allen, scientific philanthropist and co-founder, Microsoft
Chris Anderson, author, Long Tail
Elizabeth Blackburn, researcher, UCSF
Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist, Oxford University
Frans de Waal, chimpanzee researcher
Al Gore, environmental activist and former U.S. vice president
Monty Jones, agricultural researcher
John Mather, Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist
Douglas Melton, stem cell researcher, Harvard University
Steven Nissen, cardiac researcher, The Cleveland Clinic
T.C. Onstatt, geoscientist, Princeton University
Svante Paabo, paleogeneticist, Max Planck Institute
Lisa Randall, string theorist, Harvard University
Klaus Schwab, founder, World Economic Forum
Kari Stefansson, genomics researcher
Alan Stern, planetary scientist, NASA
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director, Hayden Planetarium
Craig Venter, founder, Institute for Genomic Research
Nora Volkow, director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Heroes & Pioneers
Maher Arar, rendition survivor
Wesley Autrey, New York City subway hero
Tyra Banks, talk show host and model
Warren Buffett, businessman and philanthropist
Youk Chhang, executive director, Documentation Center of Cambodia
George Clooney, actor, director and activist
Tony Dungy, coach, Indianapolis Colts
Elizabeth Edwards, cancer activist
Drew Gilpin Faust, newly appointed president, Harvard University
Roger Federer, tennis star
Michael J. Fox, actor and stem cell advocate
Timothy Gittins, decorated U.S. soldier
Thiery Henry, French soccer star
Garry Kasparov, Russian chessmaster
Amr Khaled, Egyptian televangelist
Judith McKay, anti-tobacco activist, World Health Organization
Chien-ming Wang, pitcher, New York Yankees
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and philanthropist
Zeng Jinyan, Chinese blogger

Rupe: ‘Everything We Do, CNBC Will Copy’; Times Bias; Borat Sequel Coming

murdoch_foreign_policy.jpgPlenty of coverage of yesterday’s candid interview with Rupert Murdoch at the McGraw-Hill summit in New York. Some highlights and soundbites:

  • Sequel to 20th Century Fox’s Borat is coming after Sacha Baron Cohen fulfills a movie contract with another studio. Murdoch saw Borat “about three times.”
  • Judith Regan? “Not a team player.” That Mickey Mantle novel that contributed to her ousting? A “pseudo, pornographic thing.”
  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for President? “Really tempting.”
  • Dream Presidential candidate? Newt Gingrich.
  • On the new Fox business channel, announced yesterday: “Everything we do, CNBC will copy.”
  • New York Times‘ political bias? It’s “outrageously biased — just read Page One every day.”
  • Best quote: “I just want to live forever. I enjoy myself too much.”


  • Fox Finally Announces Biz News Channel
  • Fair And Imbalanced? Murdoch Admits Media Manipulation
  • Borat 2–Deal Not So Done, After All


    Did Rupert Murdoch jump the gun when he announced Borat 2? Studio spokesman, Chris Petrikin, backpedaled saying

    We’re eager to work with Sacha again, and we’ve had casual discussions about a sequel, which we’d love to do, but at this point, it remains too preliminary to discuss.

    FOX has the rights to any sequal, but if they don’t have Sacha Baron Cohen, who cares? And since everyone on the planet has seen the first film, and knows not to sign the releases, who’s left for Cohen to annoy?

    Is Borat Too Big For Shared Vanity Fair Cover?

    Apparently. According to Nikke Finke, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Jack Black were supposed to don the cover of Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, but Cohen and Ferrell’s manager, Jimmy Miller, reportedly nixed the deal, contending his clients were too big for a shared cover. Owen Wilson and Chris Rock were then summoned.

    You’ll recall that Cohen was rumored to have been up for the magazine’s November cover [click on our faux rendering, right] but Graydon Carter went with George Clooney.


  • The Vanity Fair Borat Cover That Never Happened
  • LAT in 90 Seconds

    baroncohen.jpgRock The (Academy) Vote: We knew low turnout among youth was a problem, but we had no idea young people’s apathy toward lame award shows with predictable winners was something in need of fixing. And we really couldn’t have predicted, as Scott Collins does, that somehow Sacha Baron Cohen is the man to draw the kinds of tattooed and pierced crowds that not even Jon Stewart or Chris Rock could summon.

    justin.jpgIs Justin Gay? Maybe. But it doesn’t matter. Right?

    jackcarl.jpgIn D Net: Apparently the LAT’s new commitment to involves dumping 37 uninteresting photos of celebrities at sporting events into a Web-only photo gallery. Yawn.

    Where’d Borat Go?

    baronreal.jpgIt happened a few days ago — or maybe it happened months ago and we just hadn’t noticed. But Sacha Baron Cohen decided to drop the in-character interviews about Borat and just … be himself.

    When Baron Cohen won the Golden Globe (Wow. We’re not used to saying that.) for best comedic actor, he made made an anus joke that would make his fans proud. But he did it in his own voice, not that of his Kazakhi avatar.

    “I saw some amazing, invigorating parts of America. I saw some dark parts of America and some ugly parts of America. Some parts of America that have rarely seen the light of day. I refer of course to the anus and testicles of my co-star, Kenneth Davitian,” the LAT quotes him as saying. “Ken, when I was in that scene — I thought to myself, ‘I better win a bloody award for this.’”

    So what gives? Why is the man who has so jealously guarded his true persona suddenly taking the spotlight? Baron Cohen explained his self “outing” to NPR News’ Day to Day on Friday:

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    Update: Baron Cohen’s Non-Borat Interview Not The ‘Milestone’ We Thought

    As a number of readers have pointed out, our post about Sacha Baron Cohen‘s non-Borat interview today with NPR being a “pop culture milestone” was a bit overstated. As it turns out, Baron Cohen’s given at least two interviews as Baron Cohen since Borat came out.

    And we thought we were following the Borat story like the CIA.

    FishbowlNY’s Borat Coverage:

  • Breaking: Sacha Baron Cohen Steps Out Of Borat Character For NPR
  • Borat Provides Copywriters ‘Glorious Hand Relief’
  • The Vanity Fair Borat Cover That Never Happened
  • Borat: Cultural Consequences Of Staying In Character
  • Borat: The Halloween Costume
  • Borat Soundtrack To Include ‘Throw Jew Down The Well’; iTunes Gets It Week Early
  • ‘Make Click’ On Borat‘s ‘Official Home Site’
  • Borat’s Revenge! Cohen Character Makes Cover Of Entertainment Weekly
  • Borat‘s Vanity Fair Snub? Carter Goes With Clooney Over Cohen For November Cover
  • Borat Damage Control: Kazakhstan Takes Out 4-Page Times Ad
  • Breaking: Sacha Baron Cohen Steps Out Of Borat Character For NPR

    A pop culture milestone of sorts is set to air today at 3:00PM on NPR: An interview with Sacha Baron Cohen &#151 as Sascha Baron Cohen.

    That’s right &#151 no Borat.

    Baron Cohen steps out of the character he brilliantly, maddeningly inhabited for what seemed like the longest press junket in history to talk to reporter Luke Burbank. Some soundbites:

  • “There is that moment where you feel almost like a hit man … Where you look in the mirror and it’s as if you’ve pulled the gun out and you’re about to assassinate someone. And you know everything’s about to change.”

  • “At some point, I’ve got to stop doing interviews as Borat, I’ve got to take off the mustache and reveal the real me, the real mustache.”
  • “I’m tremendously hirsute. In fact, if I wasn’t this hairy, I’d probably be unemployed.”

    FishbowlNY’s Borat Coverage:

  • Borat Provides Copywriters ‘Glorious Hand Relief’
  • The Vanity Fair Borat Cover That Never Happened
  • Borat: Cultural Consequences Of Staying In Character
  • Borat: The Halloween Costume
  • Borat Soundtrack To Include ‘Throw Jew Down The Well’; iTunes Gets It Week Early
  • ‘Make Click’ On Borat‘s ‘Official Home Site’
  • Borat’s Revenge! Cohen Character Makes Cover Of Entertainment Weekly
  • Borat‘s Vanity Fair Snub? Carter Goes With Clooney Over Cohen For November Cover
  • Borat Damage Control: Kazakhstan Takes Out 4-Page Times Ad