Russell Brand has aimed a scathing rant at the organisers of the recent GQ awards after he was booted out for cracking jokes about Nazis, branding the awards a "fabricated fun" dominated by big business.
The actor/comedian was removed from the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London earlier this monthafter he used his acceptance speech to criticize the evening's sponsors Hugo Boss, the German fashion firm which produced uniforms worn by Adolf Hitler's troops during World War II.
Brand told the audience, "Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. The Nazis did have flaws, but they did look [expletive] fantastic, let's face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality!"
Brand has now opened up about his experience at the awards show in a column for Britain's The Guardian newspaper, insisting he didn't really want to be there and only attended the "because I have a tour on and I was advised it would be good publicity."
He adds of the bash, "These parties aren't like real parties. It's fabricated fun, imposed from the outside. A vision of what squares (executives) imagine cool people might do set on a spaceship... The glamour and the glitz isn't real, the party isn't real."
Brand goes on to describe the audience's reaction to his controversial speech, writing, "I could see the room dividing as I spoke. I could hear the laughter of some and louder still the silence of others... Subsequent to my jokes, the evening took a peculiar turn. Like the illusion of sophistication had been inadvertently disrupted by the exposure. It had the vibe of a wedding dinner where the best man's speech had revealed the groom's infidelity. With Hitler."
The comic insists he wasn't aiming to hurt Hugo Boss, but didn't want to pander to corporate sponsors, adding, "The jokes about Hugo Boss were not intended to herald a campaign to destroy them... They are, I thought, an irrelevant menswear supplier with a double-dodgy history... We know that however cool a media outlet may purport to be, their primary loyalty is to their corporate backers. We know also that you cannot criticise the corporate backers openly without censorship and subsequent manipulation of this information."
Brand told the audience, "Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. The Nazis did have flaws, but they did look [expletive] fantastic, let's face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality!" Let's break down his comments.
1.) "Hug Boss made the uniforms for the Nazi regime." TRUE. So let's move on.
2.) "The Nazis did have flaws, but they did look [expletive] fantastic". It's his sarcastically delivered opinion that the Nazi wore snazzy uniforms while also admitting they were a flawed regime. The first part is up to debate but that latter seems more than correct. They WERE flawed- to say the least. Mark him down for a second correct statement.
3.) "while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality!" The Nazi DID do this. Did you all know that the pink triangle adopted by the GLBT community stems from what the Nazi's forced true or perceived homosexuals wear in the concentration camps? Brand's third correct statement.
I am admittedly not a fan of Russell Brand but had heard so much hoopla about the GQ Awards that I read this article. His attempt at humour wasn't-in my opinion-humourous but certainly nothing close to being warranted to be removed from the ceremony. Did these people know who they were booking? Russell Brand does not take a stage and talk about puppies and rainbows. To think that he would deliver a G or PG rated performance-even if only on stage to hand out an award or make an introduction-is unbelievably naïve and ignorant. He did not say anything untrue about Hugo Boss or the Nazi regime. The only debatable portion concerned whether or not the Nazi's wore snazzy uniforms. This all about nothing in the end. No, the holocaust is nothing to laugh at or about. But that's not what he did. And as for spitting in the face of corporations yet taking their money- are you all 100% positive that the sponsors of his tours and career are the same ones that sponsored the award show? Before you go off half-cocked you might want to do a little homework.