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Russell Brand Calls Out German Fashion House For Nazi Ties While Accepting Award

What do I like about Russell Brand? That’s a very good question. I don’t know what it is that I like about Russell Brand, except to say that I find him weirdly compelling and, yes, kind of hot, which is also weird. But I am definitely both amused by and impressed with the tenacity of the comments he made while receiving the Oracle Award (I guess he can also see the future?) at the British GQ Men of the Year awards. The ceremony just so happened to be sponsored by German luxury label Hugo Boss, the founder of which just so happened to have dressed the Nazis. Not a Nazi, or a couple of Nazis, or even just Hitler himself — the whole damn lot of them! It isn’t exactly a secret, given that the brand acknowledged the Nazi link in the New York Times several years ago after the company became aware of a “dormant account” in Switzerland in Boss’s name, over half a century since his death in 1948. So, you know, it’s on Wikipedia and all, but that didn’t stop Brand from taking matters into his own hands by calling out the fashion house right up on their own stage. This is what he had to say:

“Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. The Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look fucking fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.”

Was the award-winner ejected from the after party in light of his comments? Yes. But was it worth it? Oh, yes, I would certainly think so. [The Gloss]

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