Makers of spoof film 'Bruno' have axed a scene featuring Michael Jackson’s sister to avoid offending her family when it is released nationwide this week.
They say the decision to remove more than a minute of the latest Sacha Baron Cohen parody featuring La Toya Jackson was made “out of respect” for the Jackson family.
Baron Cohen is normally known for his uncompromising approach to film-making and his last film 'Borat' enraged many in Kazakhstan for portraying them as primitive and incestuous.
In the offending scene, La Toya visits gay Austrian fashion reporter Bruno (played by Baron Cohen) and is forced to eat sushi off the naked bodies of workmen at his apartment. He then tries to steal Michael’s number from her phone.
A section was removed from the film for the US premiere, in the immediate aftermath of Jackson’s death, but at the time it was unclear whether this was a temporary measure.
Now the company behind the film has presented a revised version to the British Board of Film Classification which has passed the new cut for screening. The film goes on general release on Friday.
A spokeswoman for 'Bruno' said: “Out of respect for the Jackson family, the filmmakers have decided to remove a small scene involving La Toya Jackson.”
The film has also upset Austria’s newly-appointed British ambassador Emil Brix.
During the movie, the character says he wants to be the most famous Austrian since Hitler.
According to The Sun, Mr Brix said: “It’s totally inappropriate. Everybody should speak up against that.”