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Russell Brand Gets Kicked Out of GQ Party For Calling Out Hugo Boss’s Nazi Ties

The comedian also comments on Boris Johnson’s reaction to chemical weapons in Syria.

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: September 5th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Russell Brand

Controversial English comedian, Russell Brand, was forcibly removed from the GQ Men of the Year Awards earlier this week for insulting London mayor, Boris Johnson, and pointing out sponsor Hugo Boss’s Nazi ties.

Brand appeared on stage to accept his Oracle award shortly after Mayor Johnson collected the ‘Politician of the Year’ gong.

"Glad to grace the stage where Boris Johnson has just made light of the use of chemical weapons in Syria," Brand began.

“Meaning that GQ can now stand for genocide quips… "I mention that only to make the next comment a bit lighter because if any of you know a little bit about history and fashion, you'll know Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis,” Brand continued, before taking the joke a little too far.

"But they did look f**king fantastic, let's face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality."

He concluded his speech with a Nazi salute, followed by saying “He might not know it, but he’s flying off the shelves,” referring to Adolf Hitler.

The speech outraged GQ, leading to his removal from the party. According to The Sun, Brand was yelling “Nazi sympathizers” as he was being led out of the event.

Brand took to Twitter to address the situation, writing "GQ editor: 'What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.' Me: 'What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews'. #GQAwards #nazitailor."

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