Ron Paul getting punked by Borat, Bruno, Sacha Cohen is great for liberty

March 17th, 2009 11:13 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Humor, Individual Responsibility, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Ron Paul  |  28 Responses

I admit it. I really think Sacha Baron Cohen is funny. I also think Ron Paul is the most honest, down-to-earth, and forthright politician of my lifetime. Upon learning that Ron Paul would be appearing in Cohen’s upcoming “Bruno” movie my immediate reaction was “Uh-oh.”

Cohen’s take-no-prisoners approach to comedy is fine as long as you aren’t the one being duped. He’s duped some of the more popular modern politicians, journalists, and celebrities. 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.

Cohen is not a political puppet aiming to shame anyone. His goal is to entertain and make people laugh. In doing so he raises the level of awareness, or the “brand” of his target. In Ron Paul’s case this means more people will know who he is. Is this the kind of notoriety Ron Paul wants? Not likely. I’d much rather people associate Ron Paul with being the “most honest politician” in DC as John McCain said of him rather than being the guy Bruno tried to seduce.

However, there will be some people who see Cohen’s movie and wonder, “Who is Ron Paul?” They will then do some research and learn that Ron Paul is not your typical politician. They may eventually end up being Ron Paul supporters. On the flip side, those that base their political support decisions solely on what they saw in a movie are lost causes from the start.

Don’t complain. Let Sacha Baron Cohen/Ali G/Borat/Bruno do what he does. Ron Paul will continue doing what he does. Use Paul’s big screen comedic debut to help spread the message of liberty to more minds.

Imagine this scenario unfolding between you and a liberty ignorant friend after having seen the movie:

You: What was your favorite part of the movie?

Friend: I liked the part when Bruno pulled down his pants in front of that political guy.

You: Ron Paul?

Friend: Yes. He ran away in fear like a homophobe.

You: Well, he is in his 70′s and a bit old school, but he’s the best politician I’ve ever known. He’s honest and down to earth unlike the rest of the bozos in DC. You should check him out online. There are hundreds of videos on Youtube with him. That will give you a picture of who he is better than what you saw in the movie… but I agree with you that scene was funny as hell.

Friend: Cool, I’ll check him out.

And just like that you may have created a new Ron Paul supporting liberty lover. Sure, I’ll be laughing with the rest when I see “Bruno” after it comes out on July 10th, but after the movie I’ll get to work framing the Paulian message to anyone who will listen.

Ron Paul appearing in what will be a huge summer movie seen by millions of people is no liability. Instead it presents an opportunity, if handled properly, to spread the freedom message to more people.

Responses

  1. Perry says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 6:20 pm (#)

    Mr. Gallagher,

    I think you confuse liberty with theft, sir. Liberty requires both responsibility and accountability. How do you imagine Sasha Baron Cohen responsible or accountable for his actions in this matter?

    Did you watch the film, "The Kite Runner"? There's a moving scene where the young boy is being taught an important lesson. His father says, "There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness."

  2. LibertarianMike says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 6:24 pm (#)

    I'm confused. For what actions must Cohen be held accountable. What did he steal?

  3. RM1 says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 9:29 pm (#)

    Cohen stole the dignity of one of the most honorable men I've ever seen or heard. Of all of the people that Cohen could have treated like this, Dr. Paul shouldn't have been one of them. I will not be seeing his film as a result.

  4. LibertarianMike says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 11:20 pm (#)

    Preposterous. Nobody can take a man's dignity. A man can surrender his own dignity, but Ron Paul has never surrendered his.

  5. spinnikerca says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 11:47 pm (#)

    Whatever, Libertarian Mike.

    I'd never heard of this guy before (not Ron Paul, HIM I've heard of). However, by targetting the far more popular in ways designed to be provocative by putting the target in a bad situation, presumably part of what this guy (actor? what?) wanted to provoke was ill feeling and outright hostility from those who admire the more popular target.

    I'm sure he will be pleased at succeeding.

  6. Stuart says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 12:59 am (#)

    Cohen's antics are designed to test his subjects, and to expose aspects of their personalities that they may want to hide. From what I've heard of the scene, Ron passed the test admirably, and gave up none of his dignity.

    Cohen is far more popular than Ron Paul. He has done Ron a favour by giving him this exposure (pun intended :)).

  7. The Liberty Papers »Blog Archive » Sacha Baron Cohen Makes Pass at Ron Paul says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 9:41 pm (#)

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  8. Mark W. says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 2:47 am (#)

    If Cohen is trying to show why in-your-face homosexuality is an abhorrent way to express your beliefs, then more power to him. Some people in this country aren't exactly sold on the whole "gay" deal, and for someone to stick his stuff in a Congressman's face isn't exactly the way to get us to go along with the idea that gay people even deserve any amount of credibility.

    I know several gay people. We have a gentleman's agreement, and I feel comfortable with that. But to have someone shove his crotch in my face, yeah, I might get a bit homophobe on him…just like I don't want some bag to shove her boobs in my face. It's called decency. You may have heard of it.

  9. Janice says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 6:41 pm (#)

    HAHA, some of you need to actually SEE Cohen's work to really understand. Go check out the movie "Borat", and the comedy TV series "The Ali G Show." The only agenda Cohen pushes is exposing the truth about people for comedic effect. You will laugh til you cry.

    For the record, Cohen and Paul are both exceptional at what they do.

  10. RM1 says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 2:25 am (#)

    Preposterous, just like your back-handed defense of Cohens behavior. I take it then that you wouldn't be offended if this was your father or grand father that was treated this way. How about your wife or mother or grand mother? If you have any measure of decency it shouldn't matter because Ron Paul is a father and a grand father. How do you think those children might feel about this?
    In short, it's called "respect". And those who operate without it are what is wrong with this country.

  11. LibertarianMike says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 2:33 am (#)

    I feel sorry for people with no sense of humor.

    It pointless for you to spin yourself up into a tizzy over an issue that Ron Paul himself isn't likely upset about. Even his son-in-law, Jesse Benton has posted positively about the whole thing.

    Try to relax a little.

  12. RM1 says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 2:35 am (#)

    I"ve seen Ali G. I've seen Borat. Cohen's not funny. I grew up with Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Jerry Lewis, Richard Pryor, Chevy Chase, Benny Hill, Monty Python. You want funny? They were funny. Cohen doesn't even measure up their vomit.

  13. LibertarianMike says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 2:44 am (#)

    I think they're all funny. Perhaps you shouldn't limit yourself; you miss out.

  14. marcg says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 2:49 am (#)

    I find it amusing how anyone can say someone who's made millions of dollars at being funny isn't funny. The fact is that "funny" is subjective. What is funny to one, may not be funny to another. Therefore, arguing about whether Cohen's brand of humor IS or ISN'T funny really misses the entire point. Some people (many apparently) think he's funny. Others don't find his antics funny. That's the way "funny" works.

    The point is Ron Paul will be on the big screen seen by millions of people this summer. Will you use that to your advantage to spread his message or not? I'm certainly going to try.

    -Marc

  15. Max says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 7:02 pm (#)

    Over all a good thing especially for exposure

  16. Alan G says:

    March 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm (#)

    my God, what a humorless bunch you Ron Paul people are.

  17. John says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm (#)

    It sounds like Ron just used a taboo word, but not in a really offensive context. Cohen exposed himself to him, so it's not really out of line. To be honest, I'm far more upset at the fact that Paul might not believe in evolution. That sort of disturbs me. This, on the other hand, is just an old man fleeing a cock in the mouth.

  18. LESLIEANNE says:

    April 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm (#)

    I don't like anyone who has to embarrass or humiliate anyone else for a laugh, I did watch Borat and anyone can manipulate things to go their way, I wonder how much ended up on the cutting room floor because if it didn't make Sacha look good then it was probably cut. I will definitely use this to promote Ron Paul, and for that I am thankful to Sacha, I'm aware that he probably did not intend for this to help Ron Paul but we can make it to his atvantage anyway. I don't care how much money someone has made for being a comedian, that does not make him funny, look how much Brittany Spears has made for singing.

  19. DiegoCortez says:

    June 6th, 2009 at 5:05 pm (#)

    To all the Cohen defenders, you ought to find something more worthy of defending than some jerk who appeals to the moronic masses of our society. With the state of our economy and our power hungry government taking away more and more of our rights. I fail to see the humor in any of this. Try defending the "Constitution" and help people like Dr. Paul who is trying to do just that. I have an idea if you feel you must go and see this film and blow $10, donate another $10 to Ron Paul's "Campaign for Liberty". The liberty you save may be your own.

  20. Skere says:

    June 21st, 2009 at 2:06 pm (#)

    > "Cohen is not a political puppet aiming to shame anyone."

    Of course he is. Each of Cohen's targets has been either right wing (Gingrich, Barr) and/or critical of Israel and/or Israel's Likud party and their foreign policy in the Palestinian territory (Paul, Chomsky, Nader, Buchanan, Trump, etc.).

    Cohen's agent in Hollywood is Ari Emanuel. Ari's brother is Rahm Emanuel. Rahm is the new Chief of Staff in the White House, who once left political responsibilities in America to go to Israel and support the IDF in a military action as a contractor in the war zone supporting supply efforts.

  21. Skere says:

    June 22nd, 2009 at 10:52 am (#)

    As for Ron Paul running away from Cohen after Cohen dropped his pants – the notion that Paul ran because he might be a "an old man" is partially true – but not because his concepts are outdated, hardly. Ron Paul is old enough to remember when a presidential candidate named Bobby Kennedy was approached by a strange guy in a hotel who began acting erratically and then shot him in the head and left him on the floor to die. Or when another presidential candidate was shot and paralyzed for life. Or when other candidates have been physically attacked. So Ron Paul encounters a random stranger who exhibits unusual interest in him, and then proceeds to act in a such a way that any reasonable person interprets as unstable – Paul would be a fool to stay, under the circumstances, and legal charges of "criminal assault" could apply here – "assault" does not require the perpetrator to physically contact the victim, but to simply act in a way that the victim perceives as threatening, and I think its reasonable to assume that any person old enough to remember RFK and others who suffered a similar fate would interpret erratic behavior like Cohen's exhibited toward a presidential candidate like Paul – as threatening. Cohen should be locked up before somebody someday doesn't understand his intentions and beats the living s#@$ out of him.

  22. ItsMsCotton2U says:

    July 31st, 2009 at 10:14 am (#)

    Hah! Ron Paul should be held accountable for his "queer" remarks to his people after he storms out! His dignity, while intact, was only tarnished by his own homophobic comments. He's a big boy, and being a politician, he should've known better than to react with such offensive sentiments. Sacha Baron Cohen is quite brilliant at persuading others to lower their guards and voice their honest opinions. He is the vehicle that allows those people whose paths he crosses to truly open up. Whether it's Jews and women (Borat) or queers. I am a gay man and I thought this was a poignant film in its revelations about homophobia. And not in the way that so many low-budget coming out / gay-bashing sad story / boy-meets-[tragically unavailable closeted uber-conservative] boy films do on LOGO (don't get me wrong – I totally love most of those too…). This film is far-reaching

  23. ItsMsCotton2U says:

    July 31st, 2009 at 10:19 am (#)

    Hah! Ron Paul should be held accountable for his "queer" remarks to his people after he storms out! His dignity was only tarnished by his own homophobic comments. He's a big boy, and being a politician he should've known better than to react with such offensive sentiments. Sacha Baron Cohen is quite brilliant at persuading others to lower their guards and voice their honest opinions. He is the vehicle that allows the people in his films to truly open up on many subjects – whether it's Jews and women (Borat) or queers. I am a gay man and I thought this was a poignant film in its revelations about homophobia. Not in the way that so many low-budget coming out/gay-bashing sad story/boy-meets-[tragically unavailable closeted uber-conservative] boy films do on LOGO (don't get me wrong – I totally love most of those too…). This film is far-reaching and will hopefully expand people's awareness.

  24. ItsMsCotton2U says:

    July 31st, 2009 at 10:22 am (#)

    Hah! Ron Paul should be held accountable for his "queer" remarks to his people after he storms out! His dignity was only tarnished by his own homophobic comments. He's a big boy, and being a politician he should've known better than to react with such offensive sentiments. Sacha Baron Cohen is quite brilliant at persuading others to lower their guards and voice their honest opinions. He is the vehicle that allows the people in his films to truly open up on many subjects – whether it's Jews and women (Borat) or queers. I am a gay man and I thought this was a poignant film in its revelations about homophobia. Not in the way that so many low-budget coming out/gay-bashing sad story/boy-meets-[tragically unavailable closeted uber-conservative] boy films do on LOGO (don't get me wrong – I totally love most of those too…). This film is far-reaching; it will infiltrate the "moral" strongholds of Middle America where so many of Baron Cohen's lesser costars live. And if it had been my father or grandfather or mother or grandmother who had said some of the things in Bruno, I'd be the first to tell them that they were behaving like an ass. And I totally agree with LibertarianMike – learn to laugh already!

  25. Christian says:

    November 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm (#)

    Were those homophobic comments? All he said is "He's gayer than the blazes", which is true in this case, that's no insult. If Bruno would call Ron Paul, straighter than an arrow, would that be an insult? No. It's an opinion based on judgment.
    ANYONE that is offended in any way by the contents of this movie, really need to get out more and have some fun…

  26. Christian says:

    November 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm (#)

    Were those homophobic comments? All he said is "He's gayer than the blazes", which is true in this case, that's no insult. If Bruno would call Ron Paul, straighter than an arrow, would that be an insult? No. It's an opinion based on judgment.
    ANYONE that is offended in any way by the contents of this movie, really need to get out more and have some fun…

  27. Christian says:

    November 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm (#)

    Were those homophobic comments? All he said is "He's gayer than the blazes", which is true in this case, that's no insult. If Bruno would call Ron Paul, straighter than an arrow, would that be an insult? No. It's an opinion based on judgment.
    ANYONE that is offended in any way by the contents of this movie, really need to get out more and have some fun…

  28. MCnL says:

    December 3rd, 2010 at 3:09 pm (#)

    cohen didn't steal anyone's dignity, he showcased the politician for what he is – an individual unaware of popular culture who is also a major homophobe. LOL. he could have just said nah, i dont swing that way. lol. i loved it. all of it. SASHA BARON COHEN FOR PRESIDENT.