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LA School Superintendent Upset With GQ's Bruno Photo Shoot

Posted Jun 30, 2009 by KJ Mullins
Sacha Baron Cohen is getting some harsh words after a photo shoot at a local Los Angeles high school was described as pornography. The school and its football players posed for the magazine in what is being called "soft porn."
Bruno s GQ cover
Bruno's GQ cover
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Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines is not happy with the recent GQ spread featuring Birmingham High School.
Cohen was dressed as his gay character "Bruno" for what GQ is calling its comedy issue. The shoot which Cortines says that the district allowed local students to be "used" features Cohen as Bruno wearing just shoulder pads, tight red shorts, an athletic cup and the football team of Birmingham High School.
Eyewitness News reports that Cortines has bigger issues though than the photo spread. The Los Angeles school district is dealing with huge budget cuts and layoffs.
ABC Local reports:
"The school board should concentrate on other things, like trying to keep their schools running correctly, without worrying about little problems like this," said Mickey Schechter, Malibu Lake resident.
The GQ issue features Cohen on the cover. The Cohen interview was given in character, presenting a serious conversation with a decidedly Bruno twist. One area covered is style tips by Bruno for those on a budget as Softpedia reports:
“Times are hard, but if you shop around und are prepared to vear some things twice before throwing zem avay, it is still possible to look good on a clothing budget of about $20,000 a veek. Ich mean, obwiously you vill need a bit more zan zat if you are planning on leaving ze house.”