When Dr. No Met Bruno ...
In case you hadn't already heard, Congressman Ron Paul appears in the upcoming Bruno movie by Sacha Baron Cohen. Why'd he do that? Turns out he was punk'd into it. Why didn't he see it coming? 'Cause Paul hasn't experienced popular culture since about 1962, according to this interview:
We were in a studio situation. I wasn't invited to a hotel room. A studio situation where they had a lot of lights burn and blaze and all kinds of commotion. They said -- better get in this back room here. And all of a sudden, I was in this room, which they had it all fixed up as a bedroom. So, getting me there was sort of dishonesty. Getting me into the interview.I know Paul is still a hero to many libertarians, but his presidential bid was a disaster, and it embarassed a lot of free-marketers by associating them with his crackpot newsletters (for which he has never given an adequate explanation). And now he's appearing as the butt of a joke in this flick.
I was expecting an interview on Austrian economics. So, that didn't turn out that way. But, by the time he started pulling his pants down, I, What is going on here? I ran out of the room. This interview has ended.
When this all gets out, I'm probably going to have to apologize to my supporters because I think most of them are going to figure out why in the world didn't I sock this guy in the nose?
SLIWA: You ran out. But, did you actually see the original Borat film where he pulls these kinds of stunts?
PAUL: No, no. Movies I used to see are 'Sound of Music.' Tonight, I was sitting here watching 'Gone with the Wind.' So, I don't watch that kind of stuff. And I understand he makes a lot of money. But, if he makes a lot of money, I have to permit the market to do this.
I don't like the idea that he lies his way into an interview. That to me is fraud. But, the fact that he has raunchy material and people buy into it, it's sort of sad that that is a reflection of our culture. To me, it's a real shame that people are going to reward him with millions and millions of dollars for being so crass.