Well, it turns out that the entire Bruno and Eminem episode from Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards was fully staged with Eminem being in on the joke.
“Yes, the Bruno/Eminem incident was staged. That’s all anyone wants to talk about, so let’s get it out of the way. They rehearsed it at dress and yes, it went as far as it did on the live show then. Okay, you can stop reading this blog now!”
This quotation comes from The Truth About Eminem And Bruno Revealed (NSFW Video) on Hitfix, which I found via my friend, Ray Manukay’s blog. Evidently, Scott Aukerman twittered that it was a fake and posted that it was a fake on his Tumblr blog before realizing how enthralled we all were with the question and removing the admission quickly from the internets.
Fortunately for us, services like Tweleted and Google Cache help insure that such things are never lost from our ever-probing eyes. Searching Tweleted for @ScottAukerman results in 4 deleted tweets, 2 of which are relevant to this discussion:
ScottAukerman: BTW I don’t mean to seem like I’m taking ownership of the Bruno thing – that was totally Sasha. But that’s the only Q I’ve gotten all day.—Mon, 01 Jun 2009 23:11:54 +0000.
ScottAukerman: YES, the Bruno/Eminem thing was staged. For more: read my blog about the night. http://bit.ly/15C46Y—Mon, 01 Jun 2009 22:57:14 +0000.
Here’s a picture of the results from Tweleted:
Of course, attempting to follow the Bit.ly URL in his deleted Tweet, redirects you to the main page of his blog. Also, the Google Cache of his blog is missing the deleted post and his blog is too young to show up on the WayBackMachine. I tried to check the Google Cache of the Bit.ly URL itself, but that failed. Note: Bit.ly and other URL shorteners really need a reverse URL shortening tool to expand the URL to its original form. I tried tweeting the Bit.ly URL itself in Tweetie for Mac and using Tweetie’s Expand this URL feature, but that too, only gave me a link to his main blog:
So maybe the shortened link was only ever a link to the main page of his Tumblr blog. Nevertheless, we know that there was a post out there that explained all this in detail, not only because he tweeted it but because a mountain of other people retweeted it. If you do a search on Bit.ly for the URL you will see that a LOT of people retweeted the link when the blog post was originally live. If anyone who did so sees this post and has a copy, please let me know.
In any case, Eminem was in on the joke and evidently rehearsed Bruno’s butt in his face multiple times. Totally staged.
Also, just a note: I misspelled Sacha Baron Cohen as Sasha Baron Cohen yesterday. Oops. That’s the last time I trust Google to steer me towards the correct spelling of someone’s name.
Second note: This post could have alternately been called: “How to search for deleted things online.”