Don’t invite Russell Brand to your party if you can’t handle a little controversy.
Brand was given the Oracle Award at last week’s GQ UK Men of the Year Awards, but reportedly barred from entering the after-party after making some jokes about the evening’s sponsor, and tailor to Adolf Hitler, Hugo Boss.
“Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis,” Brand quipped while accepting his award. “And the Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look f**king fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.”
Boss was, himself, a member of the Nazi Party and did manufacture Nazi uniforms. Following World War II, he was stripped of his voting rights and fined 100,000 German marks.
In the video, the audience is heard laughing at Brand’s historical humor, but clearly someone at the Official Designer for the Stars (But Also the Nazi Party of Germany) Hugo Boss was not amused. Brand was kicked out of the awards ceremony’s after-party for his jokes. He later posted a tweet recalling a conversation with the GQ editor who booted him from the event:
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) September 4, 2013
Well it’s tough to argue with you there, Russell.
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