Uh Oh

Brüno Incenses Terrorist Group

It’s no surprise that someone wants to see Sacha Baron Cohen dead—but when it’s someone who has the means to do it, well, that’s a little different. A bona fide terrorist organization featured in Brüno is less than enthused about their portrayal in the film because of its inclusion of homosexuality and has threatened to make Cohen pay for it. “We reserve the right to respond in the way we find suitable against this man,” said the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, a coalition of Palestinian militias depicted in the film. “The movie was part of a conspiracy against [us].” Cohen is taking the statement from the group, which is alleged to be responsible for dozens of suicide bombings and shootings, seriously and has upped security measures for himself and his family. But he may have more than his own safety to worry about: The Martyrs’ Brigade member featured in the movie, Ayman Abu Aita, said that he was tricked into appearing in Brüno and is threatening to sue Cohen. “This joke is very dangerous,” said Abu Aita, who is no longer involved with the group. “We are not in the United States, we are not in Europe, we are in the Middle East and the world operates differently here.