Russell Brand: Why I Made That Nazi Joke
Calls it 'a daft joke by a daft comic at a daft event'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2013 4:51 PM CDT
Russell Brand arrives at the GQ magazine 2008 "Men of the Year" party in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

(Newser) – Russell Brand made headlines last week after being kicked out of a GQ award show party for making a joke about event sponsor Hugo Boss' connection to the Nazis. In a slightly rambling op-ed for the Guardian, Brand defends what he calls "a daft joke by a daft comic at a daft event." He was just pointing out that "it's barmy that Hugo Boss can trade under the same name they flogged uniforms to the Nazis under and the ludicrous necessity for an event such as this one to banish such a lurid piece of information from our collective consciousness."

After his speech, the room—which was filled with politicians—split in two, writes Brand: those who, like him, thought the event was "a laugh," and those who "saw it as a kind of ceremony that warranted respect." A former newspaper editor accepting an award had a go at Brand for his 2008 prank calls, implying that "the calls were as bad as the Holocaust." "The jokes about Hugo Boss were not intended to herald a campaign to destroy them. They're not Monsanto or Halliburton, the contemporary corporate allies of modern-day fascism," he writes. However, he notes, the reaction to his joke that night showed "how power structures preserve their agenda, even in a chintzy microcosm." Click through to read Brand's full column.

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Sep 24, 2013 11:21 AM CDT
This creep is just as big a attention-hungry wanker as Sasha Baron Cohen. Deport them BOTH to Belarus!
Sep 21, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Perhaps he did it to get media attention. Haven't seen much of him lately. I don't know but perhaps his career is waning a bit. He's too young to appeal to an older audience and too old for for the teens
Sep 20, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
Never liked him, but in this instance, he did no wrong speaking the truth, just in the wrong place?