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March 17, 2009

Sacha Baron Cohen Makes “Queer” Pass at Ron Paul

by Stephen Gordon

Two of my favorite former presidential aspirants have now been punked by Sacha Baron Cohen. Those who thought the Borat scene with Bob Barr funny (modified YouTube below) may find even the thought of this one even funnier. Here’s how Slate describes (movie spoiler warning) the scene with Ron Paul for the upcoming movie Bruno:

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.

As I was driving from Atlanta to Birmingham today, I heard on the radio that Cohen also punked the Alabama National Guard. It seems that Cohen may have actually spent more time around the Alabama Guard than Dubya.

A tip of the hat to Marc Gallagher.


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  1. he better not have done that to Dr. Paul

    Comment by joe — March 17, 2009 @ 7:05 pm
  2. I don’t really think this is funny. Dr. Paul is a sweet man who has struggled his whole life in the face of ignorance. He is only in the public eye to spread the message of liberty. He doesn’t deserve to be made uncomfortable (even if you disagree with what he finds uncomfortable).

    There are so many douche-bags in the world for Cohen to pick on. Why doesn’t he mess with someone his own size (instead of someone greater than he)?

    http://www.mikevine.com/

    Comment by Mike Vine — March 17, 2009 @ 7:05 pm
  3. Stephen, Cohen most definitely spent more time around the Alabama Guard than Dubya. After all, Bush was in the Texas NG.

    Comment by Merf — March 17, 2009 @ 8:45 pm
  4. Merf:

    There was a lot of controversy about Bush’s service record. From Wikipedia:

    Although he had taken the physical twice previously by flight surgeons, Bush says that he wanted to wait to take the physical until it could be done by his own private doctor. Regulations require that the physical be performed by an Air Force doctor.[13] Air Force Flight Surgeons were assigned to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, where Bush purportedly drilled in October and November 1972 and in January 1973. There is no record of his attendance in the 187th Alabama ANG. The Alabama unit’s commanders say they never saw Bush or any paperwork showing he performed drills there. However a January 1973 document references a dental exam that Bush received at the Alabama base.[14]

    There is no record of a physical being taken in either 1972 or in 1973, the last two years in which Bush attended drills. According to his released military records, Bush never flew again as a National Guard pilot after April 1972, and was suspended from flying on August 1,1972.[15].

    [edit] Drill attendance in 1972 and 1973

    During 2004, various people, including Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, accused Bush of being absent without leave (AWOL) from the National Guard in 1972–73.[16]

    White House communications director Dan Bartlett and others, who called the charge election-year propaganda rebutted the charges by noting that Bush was honorably discharged[2] and that there was no AWOL charge against him.

    Released military records show that Bush’s documented service record through mid-April 1972 (Bush drilled on the 15th and 16th) is without gaps. On May 24, 1972, Bush submitted a form requesting a transfer to the 9921st Air Reserve Squadron in Montgomery, Alabama. The squadron was under the command of Lt. Colonel Reese R. Bricken. Based on his application, he was already in Alabama at work on the Senate campaign of Winton M. Blount, who was a friend of his father. Jimmy Allison was a longtime family friend who helped him get the campaign work.[17]

    [edit] Irregularities in Bush’s transfer request

    On May 26, Bricken, (commander of the 9921st), approved Bush’s application for transfer. Bricken wrote: “You already understand that this is a Training Category G, Pay Group None, Reserve Section MM proposition.” As an obligated Reservist, Bush was in “Training Category A,” which required the 48 periods of inactive duty training, and 15 days of active duty training, and was required to remain in that Training Category. Training Category “G” offered no training at all. According to Air Force regulations (AFM 35-3, paragraph 14-6), being in “Training Category A” meant that “If a member…will be unable to further train with his unit because of an impending change of residence,…he is required to sign a statement that he has been counseled.” That counseling included notifying Bush of his obligation to find a new unit with which he could fulfill his training obligations. [18]

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — March 18, 2009 @ 6:28 am
  5. Stephen, you may have a point. However, any paperwork that you have to quote went through Dan Rather first, and the fact that many of the papers that were presented as “proof” were actually fake makes all the real papers suspect, too.

    Comment by Merf — March 18, 2009 @ 8:37 am
  6. Merf, I was just making a snarky little comment, not trying to prove the whole argument. Whichever side is correct about this issue may be debatable, but that there is an issue isn’t.

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — March 18, 2009 @ 8:43 am
  7. Joe and Mike — lighten up a bit. Sacha’s hit list includes: His punked list includes Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, C. Everett Koop, Donald Trump, John McCain, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Andy Rooney, and now Ron Paul.

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — March 18, 2009 @ 8:46 am

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