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Updated! Has A Michael Jackson Joke Been Completely Excised From BRUNO?

Beaks here...

UPDATE: Universal has announced that the La Toya Jackson scene has been cut from the worldwide theatrical release.

For perhaps the first time ever in his comedy career, Sacha Baron Cohen has exercised restraint. Earlier this week, I saw BRUNO (Cohen's follow-up to BORAT directed by Larry Charles), and thought nothing of a scene in which the flamboyant Austrian talk show host interviewed La Toya Jackson while sitting on, um, Mexican furniture. As with most of the bits in BRUNO, it was in spectacularly bad taste. But while Cohen was definitely taking advantage of Ms. Jackson's shocking naiveté, it actually turned out to be one of the least cruel vignettes in the entire movie. And what is cruel about it really has nothing to do with La Toya. In fact, the highlight of the scene - where Bruno commandeers Jackson's Blackberry and attempts to relay her ultra-famous brother's phone number to his assistant (in German) - actually elicits a kinda cute response from the giggly La Toya. But, in light of yesterday's events, that joke isn't all that funny anymore, is it? Evidently, Cohen and Charles agree. Last night, just hours prior to the Los Angeles premiere of BRUNO at the Grauman's Chinese Theater, the filmmakers met with the studio and decided to drop the scene for at least one screening. Makes sense, right? Whatever worked about that sequence before Michael Jackson's unexpected death yesterday was bound to fall flat last evening. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen and Charles (and Universal) are faced with a much more difficult decision: do they elide the scene from thousands of already-struck prints? Given the speed with which we devour news stories nowadays, I feel that, in two weeks' time, most audiences will be less likely to take offense at what really is a fairly inoffensive Michael Jackson joke. If they do decide to lose the segment, however, I wonder if they'll also drop the Paula Abdul scene that essentially sets up La Toya's visit. Though there's nothing MJ-related in Abdul's sequence, it might trip up the flow of the film if they cut abruptly from her interview to the next bit. This, however, would necessitate the cutting of a great call-back joke later in the film. Obviously, I think Cohen and Charles did the right thing by dropping the scene from last night's premiere. As for the theatrical release, I think they should probably just take their chances and leave La Toya in. Though Michael references might take some viewers out of the movie for a moment, trust me, they'll be shocked right back into laughing soon enough. Or they'll be driven from the theater, which happened to a group of people sitting in front of us during Monday's press screening! The BRUNO embargo lifts this Monday. I'll post my reaction to the film then.

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  • June 26, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Beaks

    by one_guy_from_andromeda


  • June 26, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Michael Jackson sucked a kids's cock

    by digital8

  • June 26, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    That's such a Samantha thing to say, Beaks

    by Gwai Lo

  • June 26, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST



    They're being politically correct with this movie? What?

  • June 26, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Thats a shame

    by Semen Stains

    hopefully will be included on the DVD

  • June 26, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    TWO SUNE!!!!

    by Sithdan

  • June 26, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Too soon

    by fearless_freep

    La Toya's comeback tour forthcoming?

  • June 26, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    So Michael Jackson put a minimum of two

    by Stuntcock Mike

    and possibly up to four fingers into a child's rectum but this Bruno skit is "offensive"? Fuck right off.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Ron Paul never had molestation allegations...

    by Heckles

    Yet he gets Punk'd. Fine line between good and bad taste, I suppose.<br><br>What I want to know, Beaks, were the jive talking racist robots removed from Bruno?

  • June 26, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Saw this on that "other site" this morning

    by Jugdish

    But rumor has it- If I say somethign about Nuclear Refrigderators....I'll get banned

  • June 26, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    From IMDB:

    by Gwai Lo

    "Supporters in Hollywood were unable to lay their tributes on Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame - as it was covered in the red carpet from Thursday's Bruno premiere - so their messages of sympathy ended up on the star belonging to the singer's radio personality namesake." Oh no he didn't

  • June 26, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    If he really cared

    by landosystem

    they would have moved the premiere date so people could have visited MJs star on the walk of fame.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by We_like_it_VERY_MUCH

    Yeah beaks, censorship is a GOOD THING. <P> If it was JUST from the premiere, well fine. But from ALL prints?

  • June 26, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Maybe they could have cut a little hole in the carpet


    Just like the little hole Michael used to have in the popcorn bucket when he'd watch movies during his slumber parties.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Let's cut out the whole movie!!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Looks like shit

  • June 26, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Let's prejudge things before we see them!!!


    For it is the AICN Talkback way

  • June 26, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Will Harry scream RACIST at it?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Probably not

  • June 26, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers can be such dicks

    by Andy Dufresne

    This joke was rightly taken out, because the intent of a joke is key to its success, and the joke will be taken in a different wayfor current audiences. Cut it for now, restore it for the long term, when the audience will be back in the state they should be. On a side note, if you ever want to lose faith in humaity, read the aicn boards.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    What's a pederast, Walter?

    by Dr Gregory House

  • June 26, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Bah! Leave it in.

    by Cymbol

    If it was funny before - it will still be funny. If it was mean or in bad taste before - it will still be mean or in bad taste. Stand by what you've done, leave it in.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    You know Cohen wants to keep it in there in the long run

    by YackBacker

    Just an added layer of free publicity in the name of "controversy" for his flick. They made news by telling everyone how awesome they were for cutting it yesterday so that they can avoid people's ire down the line when they let the LaToya stuff stay in the movie. Say what you will about Cohen's humor, but the man is shrewd as they come- I admire his Machiavellian devices.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by BillyMayesHere

    That was so fuckin' funny: "cut a hole" - you're insane@

  • June 26, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    LOL..Lockes & House

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

  • June 26, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    BRUNO/BORAT is humor for idiots anyway...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Only an idiot would want to watch him try to push the envelope even further.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Don't want to offend the dead child molester

    by A-COD

    We might make the gays uncomfortable

  • June 26, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Coroner Report : MJ died from food poisoning

    by Squashua

    Turns out he tasted a nine year old's wiener.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Jacko Death getting fucking strange now

    by EvilWizardGlick

    I've been following updated reports somewhat. First it was a shot of Demerol. Now he was a Hillbilly Heroin addict for TWENTY YEARS! <p> Really? Fat Rush went deaf after only two or three. Plus the fat bastard was swallowing boatloads of them at a time. <p> So skinny creepy Mike gets hooked and other than his utter freakishness seems to have NO adverse side effects for TWENTY YEARS? <p> Plus his concierge doctor is on the run. And this all relates back to his nappy over gelled hair catching fire during the Pepsi commercial. <p> If I didn't know better I would think he faked it for the publicity.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Squashua, No 's. Kills the double entendre.

    by EvilWizardGlick


  • June 26, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I don't plan on seeing Bruno regardless.

    by disfigurehead

  • June 26, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    whats the difference between caviar and MJ?

    by DanboJohnJ

  • June 26, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    If it's funny leave it


    People who get offended by it are fucking idiots. It's not as if Cohen knew Jacko was going to die this week. Plus from the sound of things it's not even really a joke at Jacko's expense (unlike every other Jacko joke since 1987). The worst thing it does is that it dates the movie a little.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    caviar still comes on little crackers

    by DanboJohnJ

  • June 26, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Although I will say


    that people who are surprised by Jacko's death really weren't paying attention. I barely was but it was still very obvious that he's been slowly killing himself for over two decades. That the news networks were so unprepared for this is shocking. I'd have had everything ready for this event years ago.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Will Bruno become this year's Love Guru?

    by Scott2tune

  • June 26, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Just leave it in--the dead don't care.

    by GunterMonkey

    I've always wondered why we don't treat the living better than the dead. I mean, we make HORRIBLE jokes about Jacko for years, and then when he dies it becomes inappropriate all of a sudden. I understand the cultural reasons for this, but it's kind of sad when you think about it. He probably would've appreciated this kind of treatment WHEN HE WAS ALIVE.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST




  • June 26, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    He should Cut the Scene

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    I remember when Ed Burns refused to cut Background shots of the Twin Towers out of Sidewalks of New York after 9-11. Every time I saw them it took me right out of the movie.<br /><br /> You can't have LaToya giggling while Bruno tries to call her recently deceased brother. Bad Taste or Not, It dates the movie before it's even released.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    ach ja vs. ich don't think so

    by madCanada

    S.B. Cohen always struck me as a profoundly decent human being. Today, as always, he did the right thing. Now, if he could just lift his red carpet off of Jacko's Hollywood star. Otherwise, bring on the BRUNO!

  • June 26, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Fuck em if they can't take a joke.

    by V'Shael

    Bruno, like Borat, is SUPPOSED to make people uncomfortable at times. He should leave the movie untouched, and fuck the naysayers. Those pricks would have complained about SOMETHING anyway. (We saw this sort of fucking retarded behaviour when those drunken jocks in Borat were shown up for the assholes they were.)

  • June 26, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Ignore my last post...

    by GunterMonkey

    The inappropriate jokes are flying in this talkback, so my theory is incorrect. The dead are treated just as disrespectfully as the living.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Leave the scene in

    by GimpInMyPants

    The movie was molded a certain way. It has dried and the piece is complete. You can't just chip away at it now!

  • June 26, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Anyone else see that ad for EVONY on the side?

    by GunterMonkey

    WTF is that? Heaving bosom? music? Looks like a romance novel meets church music...

  • June 26, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Actually what cymbalta4thedevil said


    I was heading that way though. I was close.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Ah, who cares?

    by ColonelFatheart

    Doesn't sound that important. Might as well trim and put it on the DVD.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Have it as a deleted scene though


  • June 26, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    the joke just doesnt work now. hes not being restrained

    by BMacSmith

    it just doesnt work. Cohen doesnt give a shit about anyone or anything.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Fuck the hollywood star shit though


    Shit happens as they say. There are more than enough places for the lunatics to pay their respects.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    why do critics like this guy so much?

    by BMacSmith

    Borat was on the same level as Jackass, yet he's considered a genius while Knoxville is lowest common denominator. i think they are both ok but not great shows about idiots. they are both lowest common denominator for sure. what gives?

  • June 26, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    "The movie was molded a certain way"


    Like Michael Jacksons FACE! <p> Damn... even I found that one in bad taste.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Latoyah IS Michael Jackson

    by theplant

    It's all a Hoax so that he can pay his debts with the money from the CD sales boosted after his death. Anyone with a brain can see that they are the same person in different disguises.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Am reading Jacko's last memoir ...

    by ReportAbuse

    "The Ins and Outs of Child Rearing"

  • June 26, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST



    Why don't you go fuck your mother some more?

  • June 26, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Jacko was spotted at a local Wal-Mart a week ago...

    by ReportAbuse

    He had heard that boys' pants were half-off.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    leave it in

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    i understand how they took it out last night, but jsut keep it in. in borat he said pamela anderson "has the asshole of a seven year old" and destroyed jewish people the whole movie. can get much offensive then that.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    "much more offensive"

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    no fuckin edit

  • June 26, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    'Michael Jackson still was black


    those were the days... ' Name that TV show/movie.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Are we all just telling Michael Jackson joke now?


    Why does MJ like 28 year olds? <P> Because there's 20 of them!

  • June 26, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    i would but i prolapsed your mom's anus last night and i need a break.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The 'THIS IS IT' press conference was hilarious by the way


    Even funnier now of course. Those hysterical screaming fans? All actors you know. True story.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Simpsons did it!


  • June 26, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    what the difference between Neil Armstrong and

    by BMacSmith

    Michael Jackson? <p>one walked on the moon and the other fucks kids.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST



    Why you...

  • June 26, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST



    Well done you.

  • June 26, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Too bad, it's a funny bit.

    by Gil Brooks


  • June 26, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Every race Michael ran in he always lost.


    But then again, he enjoyed coming in a little behind.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    People wouldn't be offended by the Jackson joke

    by smackfu

    especially considering the movie they'll be watching, it's just that the joke won't really make sense anymore and will probably just bum a lot of people out and interfere with the momentum of the film. so yeah, cut it.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Nothing to do with being PC

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    A joke about getting the guy's phone number doesn't make a lot of sense if the dude is dead.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Coroner: MJ struggled slightly during autopsy.

    by faison

  • June 26, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Will he be buried with Webster in his arms?

    by faison

  • June 26, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I've never liked this character

    by mitortilla

    Plus i think is gonna be a lil' bit more fake this time aroun because of sbc's fame.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    It's officially out of the worldwide theatrical release. Waiting to hear about DVD.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by JacksBloatedPayroll

    Reminds of the moronic crap that got cut after 9/11. Like we couldn't handle a Tim Allen comedy about a bomb.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear it's out

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Would have been a dumb joke

  • June 26, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Sorry To Hear That

    by ArcherNX01

    It's a bummer, Beaks, perhaps a little more background into that scene in your review just in case they remove the Paula Abdul thing and the relevance of that call-back you mentioned. Thanks for the (unfortunate) word.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Eight - year- olds, dude

    by Out of your element

  • June 26, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Time plus tragedy equals comedy -

    by BillyMayesHere

    ... not sure 16 hours is enough.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Politically correct irony

    by thelordofhell

    1st it was Jackass 2 editing out all the Don Vito scenes because he had child molesting charges on him and now Bruno gets edited because people are sensitive about a child molester. Irony, thy name is Hollywood.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    but hey, what do I know?

    by BillyMayesHere

  • June 26, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Thank goodness...

    by The_Closet_Nerd

    Because I can only handle jokes about creepy, freakish, accused pedophiles only if they are about LIVING creepy, freakish, accused pedophiles.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    MIchael Jackson Joke

    by Underoos Hero

    Since MJ is 99% plastic he will be melted down in to legos so that children can finally play with him.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    I completely forgot about Don Vito's arrest. Just read his Wiki page to see how that trial turned out for him. NOT WELL!

  • June 26, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Too soon?

    by Underoos Hero

  • June 26, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Who Cares?


    Bruno doesnt look funny anyway, does it occur to anyone that it is a win win situation for Cohen. if he removes it or keeps it in, either way it's free publicity because people talk about. I personally think he shold keep it in, im tired of people showing fake outrage over things like this. And regardless of what cohen does here, this MJ thing is just a gigantic tragedy. Tragic if he hurt those kids, and tragic that one of the most talented people ever known destroyed himself.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Who Cares Part 2

    by m_prevette

    Like the movie looks like anything other than crap ? What exactly is funny about Cohen and his style of ambush performance aimed at 15 year olds? I mean...come on...people accept this shite as "comedy" ?

  • June 26, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    One more thing


    shame on you guys for cracking old stupid jokes at the expense of michael jackson and his potential victims. Have some fucking tact.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST



    Michael Jackson raped my childhood!!! <P> <P> For real!

  • June 26, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Censorship IS a good thing....

    by Toonol

    ...when people are voluntarily censoring THEMSELVES, for good and proper reasons. It's only when censorship is forced on a person (typically by a government) that it becomes bad.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    i had no idea

  • June 26, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    you really think Cohen gives a crap about taste?

    by BMacSmith

    its out because its not funny now, not because he has suddenly found class.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Still want to see this movie.

    by ClarenceBeaks

    Looks good.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    It'll be back on the DVD.

    by FilmZ0mbie

    Hopefully along with an option to black bar all the schlongs.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    For the family, not Michael

    by rgc123

    For all you 4 year olds out there, yeah we get that you can't offend the dead, but Sasha cut the scene out the other night out of respect for his "family". Regardless of what anyone says its too soon and when that scene comes up in the movie theaters everyone is going to get dead quiet when they see Latoya...

  • June 26, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    The right decision

    by CoreyFeldman

    Looking at it from both sides I would say they've made the right decision. Peace.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    by V'Shael

    "when that scene comes up in the movie theaters everyone is going to get dead quiet when they see Latoya..." <p> Not in my cinema they wouldn't. Fuck her.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    don't care

    by animas

    bruno not funny

  • June 26, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Another MJ Joke?

    by Underoos Hero

    Maddame Tussauds Las Vegas announced today that they are very excited to be receiving MJ's remains to replace their current wax figure of him. **yea i just made it up**

  • June 26, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    fuck it...recut the movie to be nothing but jackson jokes

    by bacci40

    i will go 100 times

  • June 26, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Underoos Hero

    I could not agree with you more. Bruno = Not Funny.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Doesn't Bruno offend pretty much everyone?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    That's his routine, right? I don't see what the problem would be.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to this movie

    by CoreyFeldman

    I think Cohen is an amazing actor. I'm interested to see what he does with this character. I think it's going to be wild. Peace.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Serious Note...........

    by Underoos Hero

    I was very alive when Elvis Presley died and even as a youngster I found it to be very sad. My momma even boo hooed a little bit. So, when I heard the news about MJ yesterday I was pretty sad. MJ was the shit!! Unmatched in talent, charisma, and overall presence. If I weren't a grown ass man I prolly would have boo hooed a little bit yesterday my damn self. This is very sad. And if indeed the toxicology reports come back with evidence of high dosages, the LAPD should definitely bring these doctors close to him in to serious question!! Quite a few doctors these day are licensed DRUG dealers and they should start feeling the heat of their reckless actions.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    You can make fun of middle America...

    by Heckles

    ...but I'll be damned if you tarnish the good name of Michael Jackson! Almost made it through that without laughing.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

    NOT WELL is an understatement. I kinda wondered while typing if just mentioning Don Vito violates his probation.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    What a pussy thing to do

    by VonThunderballs

    I bet it would've been good stuff. Hopefully they will keep it in for the dvd.

  • June 26, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    What did Don Vito do?


    Rape some underage girl or something?

  • June 26, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Worst thing I read today, in a monumental day of shitty journali

    by stooopider

    crashed as users saw multiple "fail whales" -- the illustrations the site uses as error messages -- user FoieGrasie posting, "Irony: The protesters in Iran using Twitter as com are unable to get online because of all the posts of 'Michael Jackson RIP.' Well done."

  • June 26, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Its not about taste, its about $$$

    by stooopider

    Too soon? was probably ringing in their ears all the way to the editing room

  • June 26, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Make fun of average joes:ok. Rich paedophile? Lets cut it out

    by stooopider

  • June 26, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Make fun of average joes:ok. Rich paedophile? Lets cut it out

    by stooopider

  • June 26, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    They should have excised scene with Ron Paul

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    Sacha Cohen deliberately deceived Ron Paul's staff to set up an interview that discuss Austrian economics which Paul has an interest in. Paul doesn't care about the current pop culture so he was blindsided when Cohen dropped his pants to Paul's chagrin that prompted Paul walking out in outrage. You think this is funny? It's called disrespect. If the La Toya scene can be trimmed out of respect for Michael Jackson, would Cohen and producers have a pang of conscience for Paul as an "old-fashioned and aging conservative"? Probably not. Larry Charles and Sacha Cohen think excess crass equals funny, and they're taking a huge shit on Goy audiences. What do American idiocracy look like? Like this video with an illiterate moron rappin' at Louisiana state legislature.

  • June 26, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST


    by Traumnovelle

    I don't want to WAIT to see that on the uncut DVD. Let me be a big boy and decide for myself if I'm ready for crass Michael Jackson jokes (psst..I am!). Fuck this shit. Hey! My girlfriend is Jewish, can you cut out the whole trip to Israel, 'cause she might get offended. And a friend of mine is an ardent Ron Paul supporter, they need to cut out that interview because HE might get offended. Matter of fact, don't even release the movie. SOMEBODY MIGHT GET OFFENDED. Fucking pussies.

  • June 26, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Bruno has more decency than 99% of talkbackers

    by CherryValance


  • June 26, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    i agree bruno looks lame

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    and i loved borat. bruno looks like cohen is just going through the motions

  • June 26, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Michael Jackson had sex with anuses

    by DannyGloversDirtyBongwater

    Coitus w/ the naughty entrance, he did! LOLOLOLOL

  • June 26, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Does the world really understand the meaning of pedophile?

    by Uncle Stan

    He stalked children for sex. Think John Wayne Gacey without the murder (that we know of). Cory Feldman will eventually come forward.

  • June 26, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    as ALI G says--respect

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 26, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST

    who cares, i mean, those children had parents...

    by Spice-Orange

    and those parents have a "right or wrong" meter in their heads. its not illegal to let your child sleep in bed with a chainsaw covered in bees, fireworks and gasoline, but its not very responsible or safe to do so. it would be like sueing a car company after you left your child in a car with the windows up on a hot day, and he died. the car is gonna rape your child, its your responsibility to not let that happen. MJ was a freaky guy, but he changed the world in ways we'll never forget. music, television, radio, dance and culture as we knew it. RIP. the worlds a little less gay without you. PS: Farrah, we miss you too!!! RIPRIP!

  • June 26, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    So were all suppose to...

    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    act like we didn't brek his balls (?) while he was alive. I bet the jackson jokes' were hilarious, too.

  • June 26, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Moral indignation from a bunch of idiot talkbackers?

    by kevred

    All the concern about child abuse here is really moving. Or it would be, if you people weren't rude, offensive asses the other 99% of the time. You're all jokes.

  • June 26, 2009, 10 p.m. CST


    by ALB_Ariel

    This is downright pathetic.

  • June 26, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Jackson and Elton John's duet...

    by HB_Dad

    "Don't Let Your Son Go Down On Me"

  • June 26, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Michael Jackson is not a child molester!

    by veebeeyes

    That has never been proven, and shame on you people for hurling such unproven accusations at a time like this.

  • June 26, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Michael Jackson has never been a proven child molester...

    by The Dum Guy

    He was only brought up twice on charges of molesting a child and had paid off numerous parents of children that slept in the same bed as he.<br><br>Shame on anyone who figures that he could possibly be guilty.<br><br>And, O.J. Simpson... nevermind.

  • June 26, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by Aftermath1349

    This is just ridiculous but I guess you can't expect anything else from Universal. The only people who should be bothered by a MJ scene is the kids he fucked in the mouth... after lubing it with "jesus juice."

  • June 26, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    you boneheads

    by corplhicks

    This decision by S.B. Cohen is not censorship !! Censorship is if something is suppressed, as in by an external force imposing its will. What is happening here is a filmmakter deciding that involving a family in mourning in their movie where they are mocked and duped is not appropriate at this time. I think it is very nice that he removed those scenes. Nothing more. So Chillax !

  • June 26, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Will you at least wait until he's buried

    by corplhicks

    OMG you people go after him NOW??? he isn't even buried yet ?? He was never found guilty for anything. period. OJ was found responsible for a wrongful death not to mention the recent trial he lost. MJ was a lost soul in a way, and truthfully we do not know what really went on. Not unless you read the court transcript-- reading a Star Magazine on the way down the aisle in a supermarket doesn't count. And plenty of people and companies pay off people to make them go away because it just overall is not worth the publicity to fight them. His music inspired a world for decades and was immensly talented. If you do not think so, head on over to iTunes right now and look what is going on there in terms of downloads and what are the top songs right now. Then try youtube'ing his videos and look what a skillful artist he was. Heal the World alone was amazing. The guy deserves more than a bunch of cheap shots now.

  • June 26, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Spiderman Trailer

    by corplhicks

    Remember the first Spiderman Trailer-- the one where the helicopter gets trapped between both World Trade Center Towers by spidey's web? that one vanished awfully fast after 9/11. S.B. cohen is a filmmaker and comedian and perhaps a social commentator. He is NOT out to hurt anyone. His decision in this matter demonstrates that deep down he has a heart and knows what is the right thing to do.

  • June 26, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Were any of u there when MJ supposedly molested these kids?

    by Orionsangels

    No, none of us were. So will never know for sure what happened, but some people here have decided to reach a verdict, based on testimony from people who could be lying. What we know for sure is what MJ said on camera. That he wants to give his love to children, by letting them sleep in the same bed with him. Whether he was confused or just showing his innocence, will never know. It's easy to go against MJ though, because of his lifestyle and freaky appearance. But the bottom line is will never know 100% whether he was a pedophile or not.

  • June 26, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Bruno looks stupid, not funny anyway...

    by crankyoldguy

    Cohen plays a foreign asshole - haven't we already seen that before. The look and accent just changes...

  • June 26, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Dum Guy...

    by veebeeyes

    There's a difference between thinking that someone COULD be guilty of something, and going around accusing a just-deceased man of raping children despite not having any proof. Who gives a fuck if he was brought up on charges? What, now everyone who's charged with a crime is guilty?

  • June 26, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    I wasn't exactly going against what you said, since alot people are found guilty of crimes they didn't commit and vice-versa (I don't think our legal system matters when it comes to morals).<br><br>I'm just saying that the court of public opinion is way harsher (look at the parents of Jon Benet Ramsey's).<br><br>Even if he wasn't a molester, the dude had problems (mainly from a fucked up childhood). And, from all the stuff I've heard/read about him and kids (if was guilty) he never actually had sex with them.

  • June 26, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    thats what you get for illegally filming in romania and scamming

    by ironic_name

    sbc is what borat hates: someone willing to deceive an entire town for some money.

  • June 26, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    What's black, white, and dead all over?

    by Ricky Retardo

    Due to the fact that Michael Jackson is 99% plastic, he will be melted down into Lego blocks so little kids can play with him for a change.

  • June 26, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    When Farrah Fawcett got to Heaven, G-d granted her one wish...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...she asked that all the children of the world be safe. One minute later, Michael Jackson was dead.

  • June 26, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Bruno is shit

    by batzilla

    Borat was shit. That fag isn't funny at all! Who gives a FUCK ABOUT HIM?!?!? Why is this even mentioned?

  • June 26, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Anyone here who hates Bruno. Have you seen the movie?

    by Orionsangels

    No you haven't. Most people hate something on AICN. Because it annoys them that AICN and talkbakers are giving it so much attention.

  • June 26, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't mind the wait

    by coldbrynx

    for the DVD if they decide to take it out. They were being sensitive and decent, not like some Talkbackers here.

  • June 27, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST


    by BizarroJerry

    It's being removed because MJ's recent death would ruin the joke.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Some of the jokes in the talkback...

    by GunterMonkey

    Are actually pretty good--you all should write for late night TV...late night avoided all the Jacko jokes, but man, is there a gold mine of material just waiting for the first bastard to break the glass "don't make a joke about an alleged pedophile who has died" ceiling...

  • June 27, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST

    And I'm looking right at you, Craig Ferguson.

    by GunterMonkey

    We know you're the man to crack an MJ joke...come on, just do it...people made plenty of jokes when he was alive, but now that he's dead? Sacred all of a sudden.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Sasha Baron Cohen

    by acebandage

    is only funny in the Madagascar movies. The reason being, he is mostly scripted and reigned in. Otherwise, he WANTS to be Andy Kauffman but comes off as Tom Green. "Let me suck off farm animals, is that funny?" The answer is no. SBC is as funny as Madonna is a good "actress".

  • June 27, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    I'm confused. what was the joke?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Bruno trying to get michael jackson's number from his sister? what's wrong with that?

  • June 27, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST


    by Talkbacker with no name

    you are just the type of homophobe this film mocks. It's not for you. it's about you, dum dum!

  • June 27, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Borat, funny in small does, like Andy Richter

    by lockesbrokenleg

    but when given a series or movie, flops HUGE!!!

  • June 27, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST

    If it was left that in, the Jackson fans would of boycotted.

    by ganymede3010

    And you're talking about millions of people on every continent. Very smart move on Cohens part.

  • June 27, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST

    *If it was left in*

    by ganymede3010

  • June 27, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Asshole's just afraid of diminished box office.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    His wallet hurts him.

  • June 27, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Look at the stuff MJ had for auction

    by Dingbatty

    at Julien's auctions (they have the catalogs posted):<p><p>The guy was a total genre geek (apart from the more bizarre stuff).

  • June 27, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    the studio wasted all that cash removing the scene from all the prints???? this film deserves to bomb... though i doubt it will.

  • June 27, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST


    by smeagol420

    There is no was in hell that Bruno will flop. What did it cost? 20 mil, plus advertisments? Peanuts. They'll make that back opening weekend, no problem. About the editing, I guess I can see why they took it out, but it doesn't seem that bad to me, and they should at least include it on the fucking DVD.

  • June 27, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    What's really sad is...

    by Steve T

    how some people don't know the difference between censorship and restraint, or being PC and showing consideration. God there are some dumb fucks on here.

  • June 27, 2009, 5:22 a.m. CST

    What's really sad is...

    by TonyStarkIronMan

    That anyone would give a fuck about the reputation of a dead beast. Why should we show restraint in slating Whacko when the guy just couldn't keep his creepy hands off the kids.

  • June 27, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by moviemaniac-7

    This is weak shit & I was hoping that Cohen and Charles would be above that political correct nonsense. What was funny last week is still funny now and it would've added to the character Bruno (as well as Cohen's reputation) to not go for the same mainstream bullshit that the rest of Hollywood does.

  • June 27, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST

    MJ stopped calling me

    by EbertsFatThumb

    when I turned 12 so to hell with him.

  • June 27, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    my post on this talkback

    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    can be found, here: Smiley Face

  • June 27, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Oh come on people...

    by Yeti

    It ceased to be about the music and talent well over a decade ago. To act like the whole sideshow was anything but a sideshow is hypocritical if not delusional.

  • June 27, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I don't think most Americans know what Bruno is

    by SoylentMean

    and that makes me glad. It's really not all that difficult to always try and offend. South Park does it all the time. Just really not all that funny to always use the opposite end of the spectrum. Like being stuck on algebra as the pinnacle of mathematics.

  • June 27, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Embargos are for pussies

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • June 27, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    What is wrong with people?

    by BizarroJerry

    This strange attitude that changing anything in a movie because of someone's feelings or fear or offending is censorship or the filmmaker being a pussy. There's no place for someone to feel like something may be inappropriate? And it's not "politically incorrect" to simply cause offense to someone. That phrase is more specific than that. "Pussies. They should just say, 'Fuck em'!" What an immature attitude.

  • June 27, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Who cares

    by I am_NOTREAL

    This is not fucking censorship. Whoever said that needs to punch themselves out. <p> P.S. "Borat" was tremendously overrated, a joke stretched way past its comedic worth.

  • June 27, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Michael Jackson's UK dates...

    by jackalcack

    ...have been cancelled. <p> Thomas aged 9 and Billy aged 10.

  • June 27, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Michael once came to my house to use the bathroom


    No joke!

  • June 27, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST



    Fucking hilarious. Paid actors screaming their heads off. MJ: 'This is it! This is it!' He then starts punching one of his kids, who has somehow got on to the stage, in the side of the head so the camera cuts back to the crowd.

  • June 27, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    That's hilarious about Don Vito

    by Verbage

    Publicly groping 12 year old girls is something I could see a lot of drunk dirty men doing if they achieved Vito's level of fame and had young girls coming up to get autographs and acting if they were starstruck - fame is not for everyone. According to wiki, when his sister-in-law was cross-examined, she was asked if she could picture Vito ever groping or grabbing a woman's breast. She replied, "Never". She was then shown pictures of Vito publicly groping and grabbing womens' breasts, LOL.

  • June 27, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST



    I've just been talking with a friend of mine who was involved with the organising of that press-conference. Apparently it was a total P.R. nightmare. Actors were indeed used and there were three rehearsals, all of which were fucked up by Jackson. The first rehearsal was just Jackson and Dermot O' Leary, a British television personality. There was no crowd at this point. Jackson had a speech written for him that was three short paragraphs long. He was unable to memorize it and didn't want to read it from a piece of paper. He rambled for a few minutes and even at one point said 'I love Vegas!' The second run through still had no audience. This time Jackson attempted to speak in a deep-voice which sounded unintentionally hilarious. He was also still rambling. The third rehearsal had the audience and they were told to scream wildly throughout the speech and to chant 'This is it!' Michael was told to be as distracted as possible by the audience. He suggested that he should dance and was advised not to. The third rehearsal went ahead and lasted twenty-five minutes. Michael said about twelve words. He also did a terrible spin and then walked straight into Dermot O' Leary who had to steady him. At this point there was talk of abandoning the press-conference altogether but Jackson said he would be ok when it was the real thing. The end result, whilst still pretty shambolic, was the best run-through of the day. Apparently Jackson was slurring his words all day and had to sit down frequently. Jackson also had an assistant who said over and over to Michael 'You're the King Of Pop, you're the king of Pop' and 'Remind these fuckers what they've been missing out on'. My friend said it was one of the most interesting days of his life. He also said that Dermot O' Leary was joking that the concerts would never go ahead because of Jackson's obvious drug problems.

  • June 27, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Damn forgot the best bit


    The crowd were told to cheer no matter what happened. If Jackson fell of the stage they still had to smile and cheer as if it was all part of the plan or something. Fucked up.

  • June 27, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Did Michael Jackson ever fart on a cake?

    by 69DUDE

    Nobody is asking this question, are they? I want to know why.

  • June 27, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    It's OK to make fun of people when they're alive...

    by MattmanReturns

    But not when they're dead. That realization just blew up my brain.

  • June 27, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    To all the people defending MJ

    by WickedJester

    Talk to a wall, you'll get a lot further than with this crowd.

  • June 27, 2009, 1 p.m. CST


    by WickedJester


  • June 27, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Thought a lot about Don Vito's case

    by Dapper Swindler

    At first it seemed a little harsh. Not to belittle the crime, but 10 years of serious probation for feeling up a 12 year old? That's probably the rest of his life. I dunno. Plus he was totally drunk. But then you have to remember that these girls were asking for autographs. Vito was in a position of power where these fans trusted and approached him. And he abused it. Probably the most just thing to come out of that trial was the penalty that he couldn't "be" Don Vito anymore. Sounds about right considering how he acted.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    turns out the heart attack was just misheard.

    by Fortunesfool

    He was actually just having a quick stroke in the childrens ward.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    JackPumpkinhead - not a fan, I take it?

    by RobotKing

    I would think it has more to do with taking people out of the movie experience. Who wants to go to the movies for escape and entertainment, to have to be reminded halfway, "oh ya, Michael Jackson died, that sucks." And whatever box office revenues are sure to be preserved by this action, will be partially offset by the costs that they will have to incur by reproducing entire new prints. So in end, was it a business decision? Yes. Was it an artistic decision by a performer who gives a shit about entertaining his audience and doesn't want to bum them out, by an irrelevant segment to the overall movie enjoyment experience? Yes to that too.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Is it just me or does this movie look gay?

    by Ash0k

    See topic.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Same thing happened to "Guess whos coming to dinner"

    by ricarleite2

    In which a comment about Martin Luther King Jr got taken out of the movie some weeks after premiered, when he was killed. I am against this sort of thing, this was a different time, everyone will understand he was still alive. It's not like Cohen was saying Michael Jackson should die or something.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    small bone joke, stroke in children's ward joke, old jokes

    by ironic_name

  • June 27, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by WickedJester

    I love all the rehashes of jokes on the original tb...<br><Br>If I have to hear the lego joke one more time I'M going to go into cardiac arrest

  • June 27, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Oh wow. *one* MJ joke that didn't make the cut.

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Seriously, he's been dead a couple hours and Reelz reruns a Critic episode with a throwaway gag where MJ calls a preschool admissions office. It's all over pop culture. Heck, I've got a LOTR doujinshi with the Jackson 5 in it. As to the allegations, yeah he got off but when there's smoke... On the other hand, Fatty Arbuckle...

  • June 27, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Thank You Onion News!!

    by 7thDimension

    It's now officially PC to make Michael Jackson jokes again!

  • June 27, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I heard

    by Chest_Rockwell

    since MJ had so much plastic surgery that he's about 99% plastic already, his wishes were to be melted down into lego pieces, so little kids could play with him for a change.

  • June 27, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Let the guy rest in peace.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    Haven't you all had enough of the jokes while he was alive? Christ, have some fucking respect for once.

  • June 27, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    "Michael Jackson sucked a kid's cock"

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Really? How do you know? <p> Are you sure? WERE YOU THERE? <p> Better yet--- WERE YOU THE KID? <p> My point is Enough is Enough with the lame ass jokes. <p> The man was found Not Guilty----HE WAS NOT CHARGED WITH ANYTHING! <p> The man is dead........ <p> If you left the house you would know that the WORLD is playing his music and celebrating his life. There are a ton of stories coming from different people from different walks of life depicting how Micheal Jackson influenced they're lives at one point or another. <p> Why don't you do something with your life so you to can be known all over the fucking globe for it? <p> Write a book, Sing a song , write a Fucking script. Do something other than sitting on your HATIN' ass typing whatever retarded thought that comes to mind. Because you know what? When you get threw with your BULLSHITT! <p> ---Micheal Jackson's work will still be here <p> Do something Micheal didn't have the strength to do-- <p> ---Grow the fuck up!

  • June 27, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Blah blah blah Michael was a pedophile

    by fastcars

    Made great music? Yes. Touched little boys? Yes. Deal with it, MJ fans. His legacy as a musical legend is forever intertwined with his legacy as an insane weirdo. It's just the way it is.

  • June 27, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    he has EXPIRED and gone on to MEET HIS MAKER

    by 35MinutesAgo


  • June 27, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Just shows how parents can screw up their kids

    by FeralAngel

    I feel sorry for MJ. All his success, his brilliance, his artistry, in the end, weren't enough. He still hated himself. That's why he kept trying to change himself thru surgery. He didn't like that Man in the Mirror. And who instigated that self-hate? Dear Old Dad. There are a lot of people who bear childhood scars all their lives, and few of them who acknowledge it and understand that their Dear Old Dads and Moms are STILL hurting them, because they let them. Hope Michael's dad, who was by all accounts a total bastard, is proud of himself. Sure, you can say it's Michael's fault, that he was after all, an adult...but was he? How can you be an adult when you've never been a child?

  • June 27, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    The DVD

    by Kakii

    Theyy just add it to the DVD and sell more copies, cos by then most people wont give a shit any more. Plus by the whole taking it out its free publicity for the movie.

  • June 27, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    What kind of a world do we live in where MJ dies?

    by Orionsangels

    This proves anyone can die, except Fidel Castro. He never dies.

  • June 27, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I think that Doctor accidently killed him.

    by Orionsangels

    He said he was with MJ, but never described exactly what happened. I think judging by his panicked voice on the 911 call and never mentioning that it's MJ, leaves me to believe that he Injected MJ with something and when MJ collapsed and died. He knew he fucked up. He tried to revive him, couldn't called 911. Ambulance arrives and he left his BMW and fled scene? That seem suspicious to anyone else?

  • June 27, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    called 911 rather

    by Orionsangels

  • June 27, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    First on the scene

    by Kakii

    It was actually 5 boy scouts who were first on the scene and attempted mouth to mouth, luckily the paramedics arrived a minute later!

  • June 27, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    so many of you are sickening assholes

    by corplhicks

    would you like it if your father was trashed right after he died by many people? regardless of what he may or may not have done, absolutely NONE of you retards knows ANYTHING at all factual. NOTHING. So stop the bullshit and give this man and the rest of us a respite from you low-brow, sickening rant about what you think may have happened. What DID happen is that this man sold 750,000,000 albums during his amazing career. The time to attack him on his activities with children was years ago-- he WON his trial, remember? He's been convicted of NOTHING. And paying off accusers is something that is easily in the realm of possibility for someone INNOCENT-- sometimes getting certain people to just go away is better for celebrities. It is unreal how horrible your tasteless jokes can be and how callous and unfeeling so many of you are. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

  • June 27, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    I don't believe he was a pedolphile, but still...


    When asked if it's appropriate for a grown man to sleep with children, what kind of a person says "Yes"?

  • June 27, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    by Chest_Rockwell

    Hey, MrTibbs, you know OJ was found not guilty, too. Guess that means he didn't do it either.

  • June 27, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    by Chest_Rockwell

    Oh, and MJ's doctor evidently was always in legal and financial trouble, so says the las vegas review journal newspaper.

  • June 27, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST


    by sanzaru

    Do the people cracking the "Legos" joke ad nauseam realize that MJ actually IS going to be turned into plastic? Completely? The mad artist who does all those creepy human taxidermy exhibits announced earlier today that MJ had come to him a while back arranging to have the special plastination procedure performed on himself after death. The artist claims that part of the rationale behind the request was in MJ's wish to be reunited with Bubbles the chimp (who apparently already underwent a similar procedure at *his* death and has been on display somewhere ever since). Word is that MJ will be posed in the midst of the classic "moonwalker" move... <br><br>You can't make this stuff up, people. NO JOKE!

  • June 28, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Good taste

    by JoeSixPack

    I applaud Sascha for this. The uncomfortable nature of the movie is supposed to be light hearted, not mean. Leaving in a Michael Jackson reference would be mean.

  • June 28, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST


    by The_Ritty

    ...were talking about the master manipulator here (self confessed oxygen tank & elephant man bones publicity crap - READ the vibe interview)...maybe he just said "fuck it"...every thing plays out perfectly ya know... I mean did you expect him to just live into old age...he looked 70 years old now where as Prince is the same age as Michael and doesn't look a day over 30...what do think MJ would have looked like in 10 years...frail, brittle, drug addicted and trying to moonwalk...I don't think so... His doctor disappeared...yeah to rejoin him somewhere else (one of maybe like 20 ADULTS he trusted)'s not like you ever saw Michael with anyone else but Michael in the last 10 years... now he goes out just like Elvis did: at the SHITTIEST LOW POINT of his career and everyone (because of all the media hype - fuckin hypocrites) will remember him for the better part of his career instead of the homosexual pedophile years (a la fat drug addicted Elvis)... Maybe he bought a condo on the same island as Elvis and Pac... who REALLY knows... who's th eonly that's spoken so far? Jermaine? Oh yeah we can trust ANY of the Jackson family THEY DON'T LIE...

  • June 28, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    I got some good shit, but can you spare what you've been smoking (unless it is crank).

  • June 28, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST


    by SK229

    Who did they do the autopsy on then? Who did the coroner's office cut up?

  • June 28, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    And regarding that 'This is It' conference...

    by SK229

    Someone mentioned their friend helped organize it and what a mess it was, there was no way he'd be able to perform cause of the pills, etc. What I don't get is that the company behind the whole thing, AEG I believe, was monitoring him very closely during the rehearsals. They said he was rehearsing four days a week for something like six hours a day. They had A SHIT TON riding on these concerts. They sold something like a million tickets and wanted to singlehandedly build a new MJ empire. So WHAT THE FUCK is going on and what really happened? If your friend involved with the press conference is right, then how much did reps for the company know and see of his pill addiction and his supposedly frail condition? And I've read interviews with the owner of Centerstage in Burbank, where he was rehearsing, and he said that he was doing great and came in very dedicated to every single rehearsal. People at AEG said he was heavily involved in every single detail of the show and wanted to approve costumes down to the fucking stitching as well as every light and inch of the stage design. So somebody here is lying. I just don't see how they can feign that kind of shock when it happened if they really knew that things weren't so kosher with the show preparations. I actually saw a piece just a few days ago where he came in to help announce the dancers being picked for the show and to talk with some of them and he was perfectly fine... I mean he was about as clear as I've seen him since the early 90's. Clearer, actually. My guess is that there's gonna be a lot more information coming out confirming or denying a lot of allegations about him, his life, his physical condition, etc., over the next few months, if not years.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    cardiac arrest from all the prepubescent dick he was getting

    by WardE

    he couldn't toss the tyke salad like the good ol' days.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST

    corplhicks = fail

    by 35MinutesAgo

    welcome to the show, dumbfuck. we're not exactly having this conversation in CHURCH or anything. these are the aicn message boards, what the hell do you expect?<p>now make with the rapist jokes or shut the fuck up.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    to those who said 'it's only a celeb'...

    by cloudrider`

    F U C K Y O U! i'm far from being jackson's biggest fan. and i'd be the first to spit on the face of anyone who cried over princess diana's death. but this guy... he spread message of love(you kids raised on eminem who screamed constant hate won't understand it) through his songs all across the globe. 'we are the world' collected some $70 million in real money for african children. his 'heal the world' foundation continues to help poor and sick kids around the world. if for nothing else, THAT alone deserved the highest respect! so... F U C K Y O U! this is one celebrity that is deserving of all these praises. i'm just sorry jackson didnt get to see this worldwide outpouring love for himself. as always, you people are late, again. late late late!

  • June 28, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by cloudrider`

    even in death people STILL make these tasteless jokes. is it funny? no. does it make you look smart? no, it makes you look like you're the spawn of satan and a chicken. <p> i get it if you're jealous of his overwhelming praises and successes, but if you really believe that he actually molested a children, then you are something else. the jury didnt believe the accusation, but you know that for sure why? becuase you had tabloid craps shoved so far up your ass? <p> kids are not angels. they're idiots and succeptible to suggestions. google the mcmartin trial for exhibit A, where dozens of school teachers's lives were ruined by children's lies. <p>

  • June 28, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Movies and 9/11...

    by EriamJH

    Will we ever see the Spiderman 1 teaser trailer again... you know, where the criminals were caught in a web spun between the 2 towers? (Nah, never made it to the DVD releases.)

  • June 28, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    Can I take a shit in your mouth and have you take my word for it that it's cake? Even though the overwhelming evidence to your tastebuds says otherwise? As long as I did a lot of charitable work, sung some songs you liked, and denied that I had done it? Goddamn people like you are easily manipulated. People like you are why cults can exist, you WANT to believe people, I feel sorry for you actually.....

  • June 28, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    Change your user name immediately. You don't deserve it.

  • June 28, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by ClarenceBeaks

    you just don't get it. Of course MJ was a great singer but a singer plagued with personal demons. He was found not guilty. Big deal. OJ and Robert Blake were also found not guilty. Do ya think they were innocent? Grow up and face reality. The man was a troubled individual. He brought everthing onto himself with his comments and actions. Was he talented? Heck ya. No denying that. But take the blinders off. They are keeping you from seeing the truth. Also, grow up.

  • June 28, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Do those of you talking about...

    by Verbage

    ...Michael Jackson sucking on boys' dicks have a girlfriend? Like WardE, digital8, and Subtitles_Off - do you guys have girlfriends? I'm being sincere, I'm not trying to insult you, I'm curious. Whether you believe he did or not, most girls don't like to be around guys who like talk about men sucking on boys' dicks.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Jacko and Elvis living on Brando's secret island

    by Nem_Wan

    Actually they're all dead but the conspiracy theories will live for ever. Lisa Marie Presley's blog post is the beginning and end of the story and thanks to her for putting the real information out right away. Michael Jackson knew the road he was on.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by 35MinutesAgo


  • June 28, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Didn't say you CAN'T joke

    by BizarroJerry

    I'm saying that it make sense for movie folks to excise that bit from the movie. They're not just (or maybe not at all) doing it for the sake of not offending someone. They're afraid that when the joke is made, or even just the reference, it will take you out of the movie and be a distraction. Especially if thinking of it makes you think, "Oh, they made that when he was still alive. Too bad what happened to him..." etc, etc, and you've already stopped paying attention.<p>By the way, to belabor the point outer have made, "censorship" is someone being forced to edit or remove something. It is not when they do so voluntarily because they're afraid to offend or because they fear losing someone's money. If the government says you can't do it, it's censorship. If your account says it's a good idea if you don't do it, that's business.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    HAHA Michael "knew"...

    by The_Ritty

    yeah well so did 2Pac...jesus who didn't know just take a look at him... And as far as who did they cut up? Well WHO cut him up? WHO was there? You people don't know shit and that's my point not that I STILL THINK he's alive I was just sayin'... NOBODY ON THIS FUCKING PLANET was on MJ's level. NO ONE. When ure that big anything's possible... I'm not gonna believe something lisa marie wrote just cuz it's on myspace people...jesus...those 2 had about as much chemisty as nicole kidman and val kilmer in batman forever... wake up... RIP MJ sorry I brought this up to a bunch of morons...

  • June 28, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Just watched the "This is it" press conf

    by The_Ritty

    and I take it all back...what a sad thing that was...what a did no one see this coming? just wow...he couldn't even string together a complete sentence...

  • June 28, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    sick assholes?

    by ironic_name

    farrah's talkback is over there.

  • June 28, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by Ben

    who died?

  • June 28, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    he has EXPIRED and gone on to MEET HIS MAKER by 35MinutesAgo

    by arthurrex007

    If you had'nt nailed him to the perch he would be pushing up daisies! A proud bird, beautiful plumage!

  • June 28, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Baron Coen waters his shit down once again

    by awepittance

  • June 28, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Was there a Billy Mays joke in the movie, because

    by CreasyBear

    that'll have to come out, too.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I would have preferred Michael BAY to die...

    by Warcraft

    instead of Michael JACKSON. Hey God, can we please trade???

  • June 28, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by 35MinutesAgo


  • June 28, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

  • June 28, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Where's the Sky Saxon tribute thread!?!?

    by squarebird

    This much more important rock and roll figure lived in Harry's neighborhood - Austin Texas! So there is no excuse.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by corplhicks

    My name stays, forever.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by corplhicks

    No, I do get it. What you do not get is that you basement dwellers spend all your time obsessed with rehashing criminal charges for which he was acquitted and not the positive. Typical for you lamers who spend your parents internet money and your time bitching on this forum nonstop about every frame of every piece of audio/video you view. Actually it is people like you who need to grow up and see the bigger picture. There is injustice everywhere. If he was truly a criminal all those young kids who are now adults would be speaking out left and right, just like the victims of the handful of priests who molested children too. The reason you do not hear anything is because there's nothing to hear. It is very likely that MJ was a child inside and immature and screwed up and did things that most consider very odd, but that is probably all of it. Grow up.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    RIP Sky Saxon!

    by squarebird

    Merely THE inventor of psychotic blues! And one of the biggest stars of the 1960's psychedelic garage era! Ignoring his death would be on par with ignoring the death of Roky Ericson. And unlike MJ, Sky was still artistically relevant, with his new Austin band and his recent work w/ the Smashing Pumpkins. "Pushing Too Hard", "Can't Seem To Make You Mine" .. though the cover of that song by Alex Chilton .. and of course the Cramps, is even more twisted.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Howlin' Wolf

    by squarebird

    Point conceded. And Howlin' Wolf did it without assistance of actually psychedelics.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by squarebird

  • June 28, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by squarebird

  • June 28, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    Some douche who played a guitar?

  • June 28, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by ass clown


  • June 28, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

  • June 28, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    It's a good thing you're not the Hicks from ALIENS..... <p> "Oh, Burke is just misunderstood! There is no video of him actually doing it! Let's focus on the GOOD things Weiland-Yutani does!" <p> Youre just a sheep in the head, ruining the good name of Hicks. And forever unfortunately according to you.

  • June 28, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    White Folks are the Devil

    by BrooklynBred

    And these disrespectful posts are the proof...(well maybe not all of you butthe ones that are know who you are)

  • June 28, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Don't bother with him, one9deuce.

    by ClarenceBeaks

    He is too busy wearing his white glove, buying a jar of vaseoline, and on Yahoo chat pretending to be 10 years old.

  • June 28, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Jaime Foxx said it best

    by BrooklynBred

    Michael Jackson belonged to us we just shared him with your ungrateful asses

  • June 28, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Who's next the sham wow guy?

    by Orionsangels

  • June 28, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Corplhicks made a good point...

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Where are all of the children who are now adults and haven't come forward? Where are the families of all of the children? Why haven't they come forward? Especially if there was money in it for them? Makes you think.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Jamie Foxx, worst MJ impression ever

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Where is Eddie Murphy when you need him?

  • June 29, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    michael jackson...

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    we honestly never will know if he did what he was accused of doing to those kids. i think he didnt...but i think he was a gay man. not a molestor. but as a musician, no matter what your thoughts on his "personal" life were, his fucking music was amazing and he broke down racial barriers...the 90s is when most of the scandals and the surgery on top of surgeries on top of a plastic face happened. im gonna miss the mike who made the amazing music and broke down barriers and endlessely entertained. im not going to miss the 90-00's freak cirus bullshit.

  • June 29, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    MJ was a legend......

    by masteryoda007

    ......lengedary queer hawk.

  • June 29, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Micheal Jackson..

    by The Dark Shite

    Micheal Jacksoff.

  • June 29, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Just read..

    by The Dark Shite

    He apparently weighed around the same as a 10 yr old, had nothing in his stomache but pills & no hair on his head 8I think the autopsy described it as "peach fuzz").<p> For a guy with so many hangers on, you've gotta wonder how many were using the cooky little fuck up.

  • June 29, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    So it's okay to offend everyone else

    by filmcoyote

    but not Michael Jackson fans? Cohen's schtick is tired as hell and now losing his edge too. What's the point in seeing this?

  • June 29, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Should be cut but not for offensive reasons

    by FrodoFraggins

    As others have said, the joke will just pull people out of the movie. Just save it for the DVD or something.

  • June 29, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    So it's okay to bring a bag of feces to the

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    dinner table, but not look up the phone number of a dead person?

  • June 29, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    where are the reviews then?

    by filmcoyote

    the embargo is down, the trades have their reviews up, where are the AICN ones?

  • June 29, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Where's your review BEAKS?

    by NightAvatar

    As others have said, the embargo's now down...

  • June 29, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I don't know if I'm mored bored with Jacko or Bruno.

    by Sepulchrave

    They both seem so, well, over and done with. The Bruno thing is a million years old: drag queens have been scaring insecure heterosexual men with the same gags for thirty years. Clearly nobody really cares about Michael Jackson's death; if anything, it seems well overdue. I feel that there's a serious case of malaise hanging over both of these films. And every slightly femmy kid in the world is going to be bullied half to death with bruno jokes fot the next year. It's a fucking manifesto for victimising defenceless little homos and it's going to make a lot of lives very difficult.

  • June 29, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    corplhicks and juemad

    by one9deuce

    The reason none of the former children who were molested have come forward is because they were PAID OFF. They can't or they forfeit the contract and have to pay it back. Michael Jackson made hundreds of millions of dollars and died hundreds of millions in debt. He had to pay off many many families of the children who stayed with him. Wake up, for the love of God, open your eyes.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah yeah. And the parents of those kids were pimps

    by Sepulchrave

    They knew what they were up to. Procuring your own kid for a pathetic pedarast. Horrible.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    My Final Thought On Michael "Tiddlywinks" Jackson

    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    Before I begin, I would first like to mention I know this is not a blog, though I'm going reveal some things about myself - I'll keep it short - in order to make my point and in hopes to establish a little bit of an obvious something we can all relate with MJ. Hi! My name is ER, and I have a problem with women. I’ve had a problem with women for as long as I can remember those wonderful push pocket finger glory hole days of puberty. What great magic was happening on the other side I wondered as I sanded my woody! Oh I was ever so going to finish this workshop! But I digress, for you see, my nut thumb world just wasn’t made to be. I needed the real thing. And so, the game. For it is, was, and has always been a game you see. I pressed on for an eternity before I finally got some cup, jumping up with excitement with each go in attempts to land on top of the still ones. Yes. Tiddlywinks is the game and I’ve played it all my life. Popping for the waiting flats, landing constant misses, spinning around on my sides only to fall in a vibrate whirring sound with the cold ground as I failed and failed and tried and scored and failed. I questioned my form constantly (am I not round enough?), looking deep within only to reveal the light stress marks of my cracked roots, bending until I snapped. I gave up. Scotch taped myself together and moved on. Michael Jackson stopped playing the field. That doesn’t necessarily mean he moved on to something easier like Candyland, oh HELL no. REALLY? He was All about the Jacks! She Drives Me Wild? Liberian Girl? Billie Jean? Although I’ll admit, Billie Jean’s lyrics are kinda questionable. The kid’s not your son eh? Anyways the man probably beat it like he wanted to be defeated. Plus he was paid, majorly paid; lots of problems with women right there. Contrary to popular belief if you’re a rich man you’re knee deep in ‘em. I saw him literally becoming more paranoid of women the bigger he got, looking for the right one, thinking it would last. Kiss. Turns head to side. Terrible choice in women too I'll add. But he loved kids. He was messed up, but he knew he was messed up and why he was messed up. And with that, in some sort of crazy quest towards adolescence, he made sure that every kid around him had a great childhood unlike the one he was depraved of. Yeah I know you heard that story before. And hell if it wasn't true, however that’s Just One Layer. Ever heard a woman say “I don’t need a man”? This was also Michael, in reverse that is. You don't want me? Fine, imma have me some fun he'd say. Ferris wheels and all. He is the most popular example of disregard to the opposite sex. That’s the extent (no pun) of his sexuality folks. He was really just like us. Or me anyway. He Loved The Pussy. HEEEEE HEE! Wow. One of a kind. Just trying to clear up some plain view stuff about MJ. I'm not an offended fan or anything. That's ignorant. Your ignorant. LOL Thanks for coming.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    OH now where the heck are my double spaces?

    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER


  • June 29, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Magnethead

    That is all

  • June 29, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    yeah I agree

    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    Sorry. I just miss the guy... Bruno. July 10. Rated ARRRR.

  • June 29, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Why was it cool

    by AtApX

    when he was alive to make fun of this freakshow, but now that hes dead its in bad taste.

  • June 29, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    You miss Michael Jackson??

    by one9deuce

    He hasn't been truly relevent since 1987 when BAD was released. What exactly are you missing? Just spin THRILLER or BAD, they still exist and they're still great albums.

  • June 29, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Fred Travalena has done more for Motown

    by RobotKing

    than Michael has done for anti-Nambla organizations in his lifetime. Deal with it!

  • June 29, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Harry Knowles is next

    by RobotKing

    Sorry to say. But it's true. Unless he decides to do something about it. You have the choice Harry. The Grim Reaper has spoken.

  • June 29, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Sasha Coen's movies SUCK COCK!

    by zcapcomkid

    Who gassed up this piece of euro-trash's head that he's funny!? Ali-G was garbage and Borat wasn't even funny. Now i'm supposed to laugh because he has some little nappy headed black kid on his shoulder now, doing all this sh*t!? Someone needs to tell this guy he isn't funny. Just like Borat did he's just making fun of himself.

  • June 29, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    Sasha Coen's movies SUCK COCK!

    by zcapcomkid

    Who gassed up this piece of euro-trash's head that he's funny!? Ali-G was garbage and Borat wasn't even funny. Now i'm supposed to laugh because he has some little nappy headed black kid on his shoulder now, doing all this sh*t!? Someone needs to tell this guy he isn't funny. Just like Borat did he's just making fun of himself.

  • June 30, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST


    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    Right on. Don't forget DANGEROUS.

  • June 30, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    What's Michael Jackson's kids getting for Christmas?

    by whofan71

    A Jack in the box.

  • June 30, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by WardE


  • July 6, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST

    one9deuce had MJ's finger up his anus.

    by cloudrider`

    that must be it. seems so sure MJ was a pedo. must had first hand experience up his anus. that's the only way anyone can be so sure.

  • July 19, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by Sirena

    I´m very sad and ashamed of readind such nasty things about Michael Jackson. I think if this guy, Borat or whatever his name is, wants to make a comedy, great, do it, but without ridiculizing and offending people, as he does. Michael Jackson waa a great artist and a good person who helped millions of people with his music and his money. He is the artist who has given more money to charity, as it says in the Guinness Records. He was totally innocent from all charges of pedophilia; he went to trial and there were no evidence against him. Recently the boy who firstly accussed him has reveal that he lied because his father wanted to get money from Michael. Please stop with these lies and stupid jokes about Michael. If he had been a pedo, he would have gone to jail, and I repeat, he was declared INNOCENT. It is very easy to say bad things about anybody, but you have to show what you are sayin is true. Please respect a great artist and a great person. It´s really a shame the commments you´re doing about Michael. Remember he was a human being who worked his entire life, since he was four years old, in the music industry. He had no childhood, and he used his life to help people, specially children. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty. And he was never ever proven guilty. So stop the lies and offenses, and talk with respect. Reading comments as the ones I´ve read here, I am ashamed of being a human being. How old are you mentally? I can understand how you like Borat or Brüno so much. Would you like it too the same if those jokes were about your mother or father, or yourself, that the whole world thought that you are shit just because somebody thinks it´s funny offending you? There´s no limit for bad taste and the lack of respect for others? R- E- S- P- E - C- T !!!!!!!!!!!!