Dossier • June 19, 2009

Posted on 18 Jun 2009 at 7:10pm

‘Bruno’ strips down for GQ cover

Sacha Baron Cohen strips down as his naked alter ego — the flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista Bruno — for the July cover of GQ magazine.

He sports a tanned glow and a shaggy head of highlighted hair, and is artfully posed.

The actor-comedian’s 2006 movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," was a surprise box-office hit.
His new film, "Bruno," is scheduled for release July 10. Baron Cohen staged an elaborate prank at the MTV Movie Awards. In character as Bruno, he descended from the ceiling on a wire in a fake mishap that ended with his bare hindquarters in rapper Eminem’s face. Eminem stormed off in a huff, but later said he was in on the joke.

New Miss California also against gay nups

Miss California USA’s executive director says the pageant would never try to silence new titleholder Tami Farrell’s stance against gay marriage. Keith Lewis told The Associated Press on Friday, June 12 that he wants all of the beauty contestants he deals with to be able to voice their opinions as long as they don’t violate their contracts. Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who was given a second chance earlier, lost her title Wednesday, June 10 after Lewis said she skipped pageant events while speaking out against gay marriage during unsanctioned appearances. In a television interview Thursday, Farrell said she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. But she added: "I don’t think I have the right or anybody has the right to tell somebody who they can or can’t love."

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 19, 2009.

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