Russell Brand made headlines last week when he was booted out of a party for GQ's 2013 Men of the Year Awards, where he was presented with the Oracle Award. Because of his acceptance speech that had a Nazi joke made at the expense of event sponsor Hugo Boss, the comedian known for his unpredictable behavior as a presenter at awards ceremonies adds another entry to that list, even if he was the actual award recipient this time around.
Following the criticism over his latest stunt, particularly on the hypocrisy since he was photographed wearing one of the fashion label's jackets at an Academy Awards bash back in February, the comedian offered his side of the story in a lengthy piece on The Guardian published on Friday, September 13. After recounting bumping into Noel Gallagher in the press line that night, Brand gave a rendering of the GQ Awards and events similar to it.
"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," described the 38-year-old TV host and author. After he made his Nazi joke on Hugo Boss, he wrote, "I could see the room dividing as I spoke. I could hear the laughter of some and louder still silence of others," later on getting a sense that such remarks wouldn't be tolerated even if they were said comically.
After that bit, Brand said "the evening took a peculiar turn...It had the vibe of a wedding dinner where the best man's speech had revealed the groom's infidelity. With Hitler." He concluded with a piece of advice, "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."