Marco Rubio thinks the real Donald Trump has some problems in the penis department, but the fake Trump in Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest flick has a bigger issue that’s making Sony executives very nervous.
The Brothers Grimsby has a scene in which “Donald Trump” contracts HIV, and it’s been met with cheers and laughter at a few preview screenings so far.
However the flick’s studio, Sony Pictures, is definitely not laughing, and The Huffington Post says they’re making moves to minimize the fallout:
Back at Sony’s Hollywood headquarters, however, there has been much less enthusiasm about the scene in question. Three industry sources said that Sony had made its displeasure clear and pushed to remove the scene, but that Baron Cohen, in a rare deal for a producer-actor, has final authority over the film.
Studio executives are nervous about angering the famously vengeful and litigious Trump, compounded by the possibility of getting on the wrong side of the possible next president. Still traumatized by its run-in with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in 2014, Sony decided its best option was to limit the damage.
The Huffington Post even spoke to a “well placed source” who pretty much verified that Sony is deathly afraid of offending Trump:
“If you were told that they’re shying away from the movie because of the political implications, I can tell you that’s 100 percent true.”
Another source said:
“They’re subtly trying to make it disappear so Donald Trump doesn’t sue the studio, and also if Donald Trump wins, then they don’t have a major problem with the corporation where they’ve alienated the president.”
Everybody hates the Donald, but there’s something distasteful and juvenile about an AIDS joke even if it is directed at someone as universally reviled as Trump.
See for yourself if the joke makes it in when The Brothers Grimsby opens on March 11th.
Were there leadership in the GOP Trump would have never happened. The party of NO made a big mistake not saying no to this one (Trump) and are now regretting it. It must be shocking to learn at this point of the game that people were unhappy all along with them and their shit. Every newspaper in the country is out to get him, especially the NYC tabloids. Too bad and too late.
Who’s laughing now?
Awesome. They should give him TB and crabs too.
It’s hilarious how the Left complains about AIDS-phobia but then goes along with AIDS-phobia if it works in its favor, such as when the victim is somebody it doesn’t like. Talk about a double standard. This is why the Left is collapsing as a philosophy – too much hypocrisy.
@Brian: So true. Hypocritical, and very trashy.
@Brian: explain to me how one comedian making a shit joke is the Left going along with anything.
Whatever balls Sony could have had around Christmas 2014 will clearly be nonexistent if they cower in any way to Donald Trump.
I abhor Donald Trump, but I don’t think it’s “funny” to have anyone contract HIV as a joke for a film.
People are still dying from HIV-related illnesses all over the globe, including in the US, so making light of HIV seroconversion is disgusting.
Sascha Baron Cohen wore out his humor welcome a long time ago. He needs to follow his cousin and find a new profession that’s more of a help than a hindrance.
@Brian: Amen. Pretty disgusting actually.
Nothing as uproariously funny in Hollywood as a good AIDS joke.
What Trump NEEDS to get is LOCKJAW!
Can you imagine the freak out if there was a Hollywood movie in which Hillary Clinton contracted HIV/AIDS?
Conservatives are rather used to the sad, blatant, uncensored hostility towards non-liberals. Recall “Death of a President”? The movie in which George W. Bush was assassinated that was released while he was still in office.
Hollywood would NEVER do that to Saint Obama.
“Saint Obama”…nice ring to that. AIDS/HIV is a horrible thing to joke about. Hit him where it really hurts….the hair follicles!
Grow up, Sony.
If they gave Obama aids liberals would be in an uproar.
@Kangol: Very true, it’s not funny to joke about someone getting HIV/AIDS.
bates night and Alistair toss the name “liberal” as though it’s an insult, when studies are showing that many, many more consider themselves this “L” word now than in the past. Could it be that the conservative brand has fallen out of favor due to the obnoxious, exclusive, fiscally irresponsible, raci$t, entitled, goons that have taken the party to the lowest possible rung?
This crosses the line, but it doesn’t surprise me to see Bob McBlah going at it with his illogical Trump support. Alistair is also here spewing out the same toxic nonsense. Oh and yeah, I’m back. Deal with it!
@batesnight: And more venom from the same old ridiculous right wing sources.
For one, nobody on the left is endorsing this film so get a grip!
Either way, Donald Trump is a walking disaster and he’s taking the republican party into a tailspin!
@Kieran: Nothing is as funny as seeing Trump supporters mouth of stupidity…
Tell me… what are some reasons you and Bob are supporting Trump?
I want to hear it. It didn’t take long for the real intentions to come out.
Man… Hillary is going to head to a landslide.
@1EqualityUSA: We could all hit Trump where it hurts… in just about every stupid thing he said.
Trump makes Mitt Romney look like Teddy Roosevelt.
Trump has some of the most idiotic ideas I’ve ever seen. People support him because they lack mental power.
Trump offers nothing to this country.
yeah, but Mittens is a sadistic sociopath Mormon. He would line the Supreme Court with his cult members…Rock…hard place. How about neither?
@1EqualityUSA: He’s still an angel compared to these men… these guys are motivated by power and have let power get to their head. Trump especially. If you let power get to you like that it can have extremely damaging impacts.
BTW, people are yapping on about high turn-outs… not really true. Only true in red states. Not swing states for republicans.
Trump is having a bad night but we’ll have to see the other results today. I would love to see a contested convention where they rip each other to pieces. It’ll be a bloodbath.
Anyone who demands the public’s attention as much as Trump does is fair game for political satire.
Speaking about a “lack (of) mental power”….
You stated, “…Trump supporters mouth of stupidity….”
What exactly is “mouth of stupidity”?
@Alistair Wiseman: perhaps you should try https://www.reddit.com/r/TumblrInAction/
@Alistair Wiseman: *Off.
You’re about as dumb as a rock. When will your candidate educate himself on foreign policy?
And this website isn’t an ENGLISH essay. Considering the ridiculously poor nature of your grammar, you shouldn’t be criticizing a minor typo.
Trump was hammered today… he narrowly won two states, but proportionally he lost. Man oh man… let the poop slinging fest continue. Are we going to be comparing dick sizes again?
I am just hoping for a contested convention… it’ll be ugly. And whatever emerges will be damaged goods.
@Alistair Wiseman: Also re-read what I posted:
“People support him because they lack mental power.”
There is nothing wrong with this sentence.
Learn about context!
You republicans are the dumbest bunch I’ve seen in a long time.
You’re funny. And lovely.
hmmm… not the most tasteless thing Sony has ever allowed
In “House of Cards” last night, the Vice President had to take over in the Situation Room, after Francis Underwood was temporarily unavailable. It made my hands run cold, to see this ill-prepared man shaking in his boots whilst everyone was waiting for his decision. He had piles of papers in front of him as he was trying to educate himself of the issues of foreign affairs and figure out which way to go. My spouse said, “There’s Trump, if he ever sees the inside of the White House.” We both were thinking the same thing.
@Alistair Wiseman: Don’t be silly. The Mouth of Stupidity is an American counterpart to the Mouth of Truth, seen in the delightful Audrey Hepburn movie “Roman Holiday”:
The gaping-mouthed statue known as the Mouth of Stupidity entices Republicans to stick their hands in its mouth while saying something STUPID, whereupon the statue bites off the Republican’s hand.
Every Republican candidate for any office becomes handless very quickly – the candidates being incorrigible – although most ordinary Republican voters might catch on to the system, lose only one hand, and learn to stop saying stupid stuff. (Still no penalty for merely thinking stupid stuff, as long as one keeps one’s stupid thoughts to oneself.)
But I’m not sure about you, Alastair: you’d not only lose both hands, but several prosthetic hands. Social Security would get very annoyed with you about all those mangled prosthetic hands. Oh wait, you probably don’t even believe in Social Security? Oh, no problem then!
@onthemark: I really meant “mouth off stupidity”, but I wrote that from a cell phone lol.
For one to operate their hands, they need an actual mind to think with. Alistair pretty much fails in that regard.
AListair reeks of desperation. His party is going to lose completely this year to Hillary and he’s incapable of doing anything about it.
BTW, if you doubt Hillary will be the democratic candidate at this stage… look at simple math. Take out the superdelegates… Hillary has a 204~ delegate lead (I believe it increased after Louisiana was counted yesterday… Bernie winning in two small states was meaningless). Obama didn’t even have a 200+ delegate lead at this point in 2008.
Comments are closed.