Russell Brand Banned From Party Over Nazi Joke

Comedian mocks Hugo Boss
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2013 10:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tip for Russell Brand: When accepting an award, maybe don't joke about the award show sponsor's Nazi ties. The comedian was accepting the Oracle Award at the British GQ Men of the Year Awards in London last week when he made this comment about fashion label Hugo Boss, which was sponsoring the event:

  • "If any of you know a little bit about history and fashion, you'll know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. The Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look f---ing fantastic, let's face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality." Later, he added, "We're selling a lot of these ... they're flying off the shelves!" and goose-stepped while doing a Nazi salute.

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The Sun reports Brand was booted from the after-party over the joke, and the Daily Mail says the comedian later elaborated on Twitter: "GQ editor: 'What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.' Me: 'What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews.' #GQAwards #nazitailor." Gawker posted video of Brand's speech today. (Read more Russell Brand stories.)

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