Smart Talk, July 17 

Bruno does Arkansas


The Smoking Gun website — and also reporting by the Arkansas bureau of the Associated Press — have suggested recently that some manly Arkansans apparently were duped into being extras in a coming Sacha Baron Cohen movie.

It seems crowds of more than a thousand were drawn to advertised “cage match” wrestling cards on successive nights in early June in Texarkana and Fort Smith. Promised $1 beer, babes and “blue collar brawling,” the crowds were treated to the sight of male wrestlers stripping to skimpy outfits and then kissing and rubbing lasciviously on each other. This threw the audiences, which had signed releases for camera crews that were on hand, into fits of rage. The wrestlers hurried out. Beer was hurled, along with oaths.

Nobody is talking much, including the website promoter of the event, a supposed Algerian named “Peto Philer.”

However, Smoking Gun believes the action was filmed for a new Borat-style movie starring a Cohen creation named Bruno, a gay Austrian journalist. Reported title: “Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt.”


Recruiting News


Arkansas Baptist College has found a fertile source of players for the coming football team in a faraway place — Detroit. According to Coach Richard Wilson, 15 to 18 Motown students have signed on to play for the junior college level team, and more might join as the summer progresses. Wilson credited the successful recruiting drive to one of his assistants, Joe Jefferson, who worked to establish a connection between Arkansas Baptist and several Detroit high schools.

Wilson is expecting 90 or so new players in addition to the 60 he has returning from last year's inaugural squad. That leaves plenty of room for Arkansans in the recruiting class. “I feel like we got a good response from Arkansas,” Wilson said. “I'd be disappointed if there were less than 40.”

ABC President Fitz Hill has been using a new and invigorated athletic program to boost enrollment at the historically black college as well as a way to encourage minority males to further their education.




There was plenty of grub left over for doggy bags after an informational banquet for veterinarians hosted by Little Rock Animal Services on June 16. Though 41 vets were invited to dinner at the Little Rock Hilton, only 12 showed up. The vets themselves, in fact, were handily outnumbered by representatives from the city; 14 in all, including Mayor Mark Stodola, and the nine-member Animal Services Advisory Board. Final tally for the banquet hall, invitations, and chicken-dinner feed: around $1,600, or more than $130 per veterinarian. Per person it was still almost $70.

Tracy Roark, manager of Little Rock Animal Services, was disappointed by the light turnout. “We wanted to talk to the vets as far as licensing to ensure that dogs are getting vetted and getting rabies vaccinations and all that, in hopes that they would understand and be more active in selling our licenses.”

So, how'd they spend so much?  Roark said that the final bill from the hotel — room rental, linens, microphone rental, wait staff and food (and, in case you were wondering, liquor was not on the menu)  — came in at $1,410, with the balance spent for invitations and other incidentals.


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