Reading the headlines this morning, I learned there's currently a debate raging in Austria over which man inspired Sacha Baron Cohen's flamboyant fashion journalist Bruno: Entertainer Alfons Haider or fashion journalist Adi Weiss. Of course, we don't know if either of these men encouraged Cohen to sport a mohawk way back in 2003, when he first debuted the character on Da Ali G Show, but I think the more important question is: Why would anyone want to be the real-life Brüno? Both Haider and Weiss appear to be flattered by the comparison, whether or not they believe they truly are the inspiration. I can only imagine that's because they haven't seen the film yet. For those of us who have been privy to a screening, we know that Cohen's character is dim-witted and shallow, to say the least, however hilarious and fashionable he might be.
Not that this sort of debate is anything new. We saw the same thing back in 2006, when a Turkish man demanded Cohen acknowledge him as the inspiration for the anti-Semitic, misogynistic Borat. So, nonetheless, I have no choice but to ask: Vassup with these fellas, PopWatchers? Would you like to be compared to Cohen's outlandish characters? And do you even care who Cohen's real-life inspiration was (really, I don't)?