A few weeks ago Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and when asked about the scene in Bruno in which he interviews and mocks an actual terrorist he rather wisely indicated that he hoped they’d never see it. Well they have and he’s in trouble. Since they’re terrorists, we’re not just talking lawsuits here. It may be more serious than that.

The Times Online says a group called the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a coalition of Palestinian militias in the West Bank, have said they’re “very upset” over what they saw in Bruno and they’ve issued this statement: “We reserve the right to respond in the way we find suitable against this man, the movie was part of a conspiracy against the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.”

Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? It becomes even more ominous when you look up who these guys are. They’re the real deal, alleged to be responsible for all kinds of suicide bombings and murders. They’re on the list of terrorist organizations kept by both the United States and the European Union. When they say they will respond in the way they find suitable, in the past it seems that what has been most suitable to them is for someone to end up dead.

The Bruno scene in question is actually relatively brief. It’s obvious that Cohen wasn’t comfortable there and to some extent, he even seemed to be attempting to tone Bruno’s flamboyant ways down. Still he did say, “your king Osama looks like a kind of dirty wizard or homeless Santa.” That probably didn’t go over well.

Interestingly Mr Abu Aita, the man actually interviewed by Bruno, says he’s no longer involved with al-Aqsa. Instead of joining in their veiled threat he’s going the other route and taking legal action. Maybe his old terrorist buddies didn’t get the memo.

Word is that Cohen has upped his security and hopefully that will be enough. It’s worth noting though that he lives in London which has, in recent years, been more of a terrorist hotbed than the United States. Sacha, now might be a good time to go Hollywood and move to LA.

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