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LAUSD Super Fumes Over 'Bruno' Photos

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Superintendent Ramon Cortines is going apeshit over photos of Sacha Baron Cohen with Lake Balboa high school football players published as part of a GQ magazine cover story, as we reported Saturday.Cohen's salacious poses with the stars of Birmingham High's football team appear in the middle of this GQ fashion spread.

Cortines is so embarrassed for the district, he's even expressed concern that the photos could negatively affect Birmingham's chances to convert to a charter school, which is to be voted on by the school board Wednesday, according to LAT.

To add to Cortines' embarrassment, the story has quickly traveled from the LA Times to the Associated Press to nearly every news outlet in the land (all of which misidentify Bruno as Australian, by the way).

Cohen stars as a gay Austrian fashionista in "Brüno," opening next Friday to mass hilarity.