Comedian Russell Brand was allegedly thrown out of the GQ Men Of The Year Awards after he proceeded to crack some jokes that the organisers and one of the headline sponsors – Hugo Boss were not too keen on.
After accepting the Oracle Award on stage, Brand took some time to crack a few jokes that included a reference to how, German clothing and apparel giant, Hugo Boss was once the tailor tasked with making uniforms for Hitler’s regime, which understandably upset them (even though it was true). Apart from that he also included a few gems like this one, which followed on from jokes regarding the latest chemical attacks in Syria made by the Mayor at The Royal Opera House (where the event was being held in the UK) earlier last week:
“Glad to grace the stage where Boris Johnson has just made light of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, ”Meaning that GQ can now stand for genocide quips.”
The comic also took to Twitter to tell his fans about an exchange he said he had with the magazine’s editor Dylan Jones, writing:
‘GQ editor: What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.
‘Me: What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews’, which was accompanied by the hashtag ‘#nazitailor’.
The fashion firm had thrown in around £250,000 for the event as headline sponsor and were undeniably miffed after Brand had his way on stage – goose-stepping and using his finger to make a fake Hitler-tashe.
Here’s the Hugo Boss bit:
Here’s the whole segment: