Russell Brand Slams British GQ “Men of the Year” Awards In Lengthy Op-Ed

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By Michael Lewittes

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Russell Brand was booted from last week’s British GQ “Men of the Year” awards for making a Nazi joke about the event’s sponsor, Hugo Boss.

Now, the comedian is giving his side of the story in a smart, candid piece on The Guardian.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star begins by slamming the party — and Hollywood functions of the same nature — writing, “In case you don’t know these parties aren’t like real parties. It’s fabricated fun, imposed from the outside. A vision of what squares imagine cool people might do set on a spaceship.”


After he cracked his Nazi joke, the star says the night took a “peculiar turn,” offering, “It had the vibe of a wedding dinner where the best man’s speech had revealed the groom’s infidelity. With Hitler.”

The comic goes on to sum up Hollywood functions in general, saying, “The glamour and the glitz isn’t real, the party isn’t real, you have a much better time mucking around trying to make your mates laugh.”

“When you take a breath and look away from the spectacle it’s amazing how absurd it seems when you look back,” Brand adds.

Check out video of Brand’s joke, and tell us what you think of his piece.

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