I loved this one, actually, and I'm pretty sure it's my favorite of the year so far. I think a lot of people assign intentions to Cohen that aren't explicitly there, largely as a result of the big scenes in Borat, where he is clearly targeting individuals for their bigotry.
As has been noted by several people already, Bruno had to go to extreme measures to get reactions out of people. Hardly a damning statement on most of the people being pranked. For example, the Rednecks only pulled a gun on Bruno after he had repeatedly attempted to get into their tents at 3 a.m. (anyone tries to wake me out of deep slumber I'd shoot em in the face too!) while being naked. I don't even get the point of the military academy. They treated Bruno exactly like they treat every other cadet. And if the S&M lady was meant to show that straight people do "immoral" things while condemning gay love, the film did a terrible job of it since every scene of Bruno outside of the swingers party was over-the-top nonsense.
|There's just as many scenes where that's not the joke. Bringing your dinner hosts shit in a napkin won't tell us anything about their prejudices, but it's probably going to result in a funny reaction, and making someone uncomfortable doesn't imply judgement. This sense of discomfort seems to be more what Cohen is after. Very little of this movie is finger pointing at homophobes, almost none of it, actually. The most damning bit is the stage parents sequence, and it has nothing to do with homophobia.|