LEAKED VIDEO: Russell Brand booted from GQ Awards for saying Hugo Boss made Nazi uniforms

Footage has leaked from this Tuesday’s GQ Awards showing comedian Russell Brand slamming the event’s sponsor, Hugo Boss, who has a history as a tailor for the Nazis.

Footage has leaked from this Tuesday’s GQ Awards showing comedian Russell Brand slamming the event’s sponsor, Hugo Boss, for having a history as a tailor for the Nazis.

“Any of you who know a little bit of history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis,” Brand told a shocked audience at London’s Royal Opera House. “The Nazis did have flaws, but you know, they did look f*cking fantastic — let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.”

According to reports, and to the comedian himself, Brand was booted from the after-party as a result of his rant.

Brand later posted a tweet summarizing a conversation he had with a GQ editor in the wake of the incident:

deadstate russell brand tweet

Watch Brand’s speech in the video below.



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    Bob Cull

    September 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    What can you say, there is no arguing with the logic in his tweet.

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    Scott Rose

    September 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Hugo Boss started his clothing company in 1924 in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, where it is still based. However, due to the economic climate in Germany at the time, Boss was forced into bankruptcy. In 1931, he reached an agreement with his creditors, leaving him with six sewing machines to start again. The same year, he became a member of the National Socialist party and a sponsoring member (“Förderndes Mitglied”) of the Schutzstaffel (SS) therefore was economically raised due to their help.[10] He later stated himself that he had joined the party because of their promise to end unemployment and because he felt “temporarily” withdrawn from the Lutheran church.[10] He joined the German Labour Front in 1936, the Reich Air Protection Association in 1939, and the National Socialist People’s Welfare in 1941.[10] His sales increased from 38,260 RM in 1932 to over 3,300,000 RM in 1941, while his profits increased in the same period from 5,000 RM to 241,000 RM.[10] Though he claimed in a 1934/1935 advertising that he had been a “supplier for National Socialist uniforms since 1924”, such supplies are probable since 1928/1929 and certain since 1934, when he became an Reichszeugmeisterei-licensed (official) supplier of uniforms to the Sturmabteilung, Schutzstaffel, Hitler Youth, National Socialist Motor Corps, and other party organizations.[10] To meet demand in later years of the war, Boss used about 30 to 40 prisoners of war and about 150 forced (i.e. slave) labourers, from the Baltic States, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union.[10] According to German historian Henning Kober, the company managers were “avowed Nazis”, “the Boss were all great admirers of Adolf Hitler”, and Hugo Boss himself had in 1945 in his apartment a photograph of himself with Hitler taken in the latter’s Obersalzberg retreat.[11]
    In a 1946 judgement, based on his early party membership, his financial support of the SS and the uniforms delivered to the National Socialist party even before 1933, Boss was considered both an “activist” and a “supporter and beneficiary of National Socialism”. He was stripped of his voting rights, his capacity to run a business and, fined “a very heavy penalty” of 100,000 marks.[10] He died in 1948 but his business survived.

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    Tim Hampton

    September 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    He is factually correct. Hugo Boss made uniforms for the Nazis and the founder of the company proudly considered himself part of the Nazi party (his support and involvement led to him having his voting rights stripped after the war and a heavy fine imposed on him).

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    Ed Gilmore

    September 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    this could be applied to mercedes benz, BMW, porche and other german companies, the thing is this happened more than 80 years ago and all what the nazis did is terrible, yet the modern germans have actually out lawed many things related to them and so far had proven their will to leave in peace and never go back to those political ideas and avoid them in the future, I think we should not forget , yet we should live in the modern era

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    Stephen Smithwick

    September 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I think part of never forgetting is being allowed to talk about it and make people aware. It should be OK to tell jokes at companies’ expense if they bolster extremist political parties or assist them in any way; for example, I’d be mocking many companies that associate with the tea party and their extremist views.

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    September 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Agree – those uniforms were spot on gorgeous. What a shame about their associations. Nobody wants to continually cast blame, nor should we forget the past but learn from it. Lesson 1 – Hugo Boss was a great designer. Lesson 2 – the right wing of politics is never the place to be if you want to be a good person. Lesson 3 – Russell Brand is very, very funny and gets stuff; it’s a shame more people don’t grasp what he’s saying.

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    September 11, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Oops! The EWE-folks don’t want the YOU-folks to speak or espeak truth.

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    Kevin Moore

    September 11, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I’m not a big fan of Russell Brand but the more I hear of him the more I realize there is intelligence behind his rambling banter. However in this case I think it is misplaced. Not that any of his comments were wrong but even as a comedian, if he feels that way about so many of the superficial elements at GQ then he should not have taken their award. Unless it was his plan all along to go on stage and point out the shallowness of it all. And whoever made the nerve gas reference was in effect his straight man feeding him exactly what he needed. Maybe it is his Brando/Littlefeather moment?

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    September 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Spot on. I just love Russell Brand. This is up there with his appearance on the Morning Joe. 🙂

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    Suzanne Longo

    September 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I’m not a fan of Russell Brand, but he is smart, doesn’t back away from controversy,and occasionally makes a good movie.

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