Bruno Beats Borat: What Does It Mean?

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Bruno raked in $30.4 million at the box office this weekend, beating out the opening weekend $26.5 million payday of Sacha Baron Cohen's last big flick, Borat.

In the clip above, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe and NBC contributor Toure speak about the controversial film, as well as its social impact.

Social impact? Well, that's debatable. According to Toure, Bruno doesn't add any value to society. He said that while Borat exposed American racism, Bruno is simply performance art. Again, that's up for discussion. Perhaps Bruno isn't just about being flamboyantly gay and making people react. Perhaps it's more than that. Maybe--in some scenes--Bruno shows just how inane some rationals for prejudice can be.

On the surface, Bruno is an envelope-pushing comedy. It's funny to see celebrities like Paula Abdul doing absolutely crazy things--like using gardeners as furniture--as described in the clip above. (Sidenote: Latoya Jackson participated in a very similar scene, though Universal pulled the clip following Michael Jackson's death.) At the same time though, it may actually be possible for audiences to learn something from Bruno.

What impact do you think Bruno has on society? Did you love or hate it?

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