Pretty much everyone with an internet connection will have already heard about the "run-in" between Bruno and Eminem last night. If you haven't, here is the 411:
When Sacha Baron Cohen was set to present Best Male Performance at the MTV Movie Awards, he appeared in character as Bruno (his latest alter ego, a gay Austrian fashion reporter and the star of his eponymous new film) and descended from the rafters dressed as an angel. Making out as though the cables holding him had malfunctioned, Bruno, wearing nothing but a jock strap, landed right on top of Eminem's face. That is to say, Eminem was virtually kissing Bruno's posterior.
"Eminem, nice to meet you," he said.
Eminem had just performed some tracks from his new album (Relapse) prior to the incident. With Bruno straddling his face, he can be seen uttering an expletive. He calls on a series of bodyguards to remove Bruno. A scuffle follows and Eminem and his entourage proceed to leave their seats and walk out of the show.
I can't decide if it was staged or not. On the one hand, Sacha Baron Cohen (who was also the star and creator of Borat and Da Ali G Show), is known for being entirely in control of his own character. However, he never seems to dictate the reactions of his, erm, victims. So while his movements are always pre-determined, those of the people around him are spontaneous. Not only that, these people often believe that the interviews are sincere and legitimate.
On the other hand, although Eminem's lyrics have been called homophobic in the past, the rapper has repeatedly argued that he is not speaking for his own beliefs. He defends the prejudices he espouses on his albums by saying that he's speaking as a character, one that represents homophobia in America.
Eminem has also performed in the past alongside openly gay music icon Elton John. I suppose performing a duet on stage is a bit different to having a man's bum in your face, but that does not mean Eminem is actually homophobic. I'm not sure I'd like a stranger's naked rear end in my face, gay or otherwise.