(Str)Angels in America: Bruno descends on Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards
- June 1, 2009 10:54 AM |
- By Arts Online
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as Bruno, lands on rapper Eminem, centre, as Cohen descends into the audience during the 2009 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif. (Matt Sayles/Associated Press)
Irreverence and absurd antics are par for the course at the annual dog-and-pony show that is the MTV Movie Awards, but confrontational British comic Sacha Baron Cohen took things to a new level -- literally -- with his stunt at this year's gala.
In the guise of his flamboyant character Bruno, a host for Austria's fictional "Gay TV," who has seemingly no grasp of accepted social boundaries, Cohen flew into the theatre from on high, clad in an outlandish pair of feathered angel wings and not much else. Cue unfortunate (and wholly deliberate) "technical gaffe." Behold Bruno, yelping about his exposed "kugelsack," as he makes an emergency landing -- bottoms up, of course -- in the lap of controversial rapper Eminem. Exit Eminem, in a fit of rage, spewing profanity.
Judging from his rather muted response, Eminem may have been in on the gag, which seemed to be a plug for Cohen's forthcoming Bruno movie. While the sheer ridiculousness of the scenario made it an entertaining interlude, it was one of the few real highlights in a ceremony that's basically just an interminable ad for summer blockbusters.
What do you think, readers? Were you amused by Cohen's stunt, or do you think he crossed a line by baring his posterior during an awards show that's supposedly geared toward youth? And did this tiny Bruno hors d'oeuvre whet your appetite for the main course, which is scheduled to hit theatres this July?
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