You’ve got to give it to Russell Brand – he’s not just a pretty face (or, according to some, he’s not a pretty face at all), he also knows his shit and is passionate about politics. That’s why, when he turned up at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London this week, he called out the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson (who collected the Politician of the Year trophy, despite the fact that no one else could have really won it) as well as the event’s sponsor, Hugo Boss. Shit got real. There was a Nazi salute involved.
Here’s Brand’s speech (via DS):
“Glad to grace the stage where Boris Johnson has just made light of the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Brand started. “Meaning that GQ can now stand for genocide quips.
“I mention that only to make the next comment a bit lighter because if any of you know a little bit about history and fashion, you’ll know Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis.
“But they did look f**king fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.”
Brand reportedly then saluted the crowd before alluding to Hitler by saying: “He might not know it [but] he’s flying off the shelves.”
Oh, dear. The Sun claims that Brand was thrown out soon after after shouting “Nazi sympathisers!” And, of course, Russell needed the last word, so he headed to Twitter with the following message on Wednesday:
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) September 4, 2013
Huh. Fair enough. I don’t know the history of the situation, to be honest. And, while I think it’s disgusting if what he’s saying is true, why head out to the event of something you’re against just to raise hell? I mean, I suppose he made an impact, but it just seems a bit intense.
September 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Russell Brand is getting lots of material out of his marriage to Katy Perry. On his new comedy tour, he’s got some real zingers in there. You know, the whole “monogamy is so hard” bit. From Daily News:
…the funny-man joked that after his divorce he considered becoming a monk. ”When you’re a monk, you’re not allowed to have sex with anyone,” Brand reportedly said. “When you’re married, it’s one person. That’s one more than a monk. It’s not that different.”
To the 38-year-old comedian being married to one person is apparently no different than being celibate. He went on to quip that he would often have to fantasize about other women.
“I’d be having sex thinking, ‘think of anyone, anyone else.’”
The monk comment was pretty funny. That second part was just hurtful. If this is bumming you out too much, skip on over to our Russell Brand appreciation post.
August 5, 2013 at 6:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Russell Brand went to yoga today, as he does on many days and yet, today I saw these photos of him going to yoga and thought, “You know what? Let’s appreciate Russell Brand today.” We may give him some guff but we have nothing against the guy, and will love him forever for trying to trick Tom Cruise into recruiting him into Scientology. Plus anyone David Lynch trusts has to be a pretty cool dude.
So here’s to you, Mr. Russell Brand. Jesus loves you more than you will know.
And by the way, if you have a flat to rent in London, Russell is interested! He tweeted,
Seriously. Does Anyone have a flat in East London to rent btw July 30/Aug 14? For me? Tell me& @schullerinc send links/pics/kinky advantages
All you East Londoners with room in your flats (and hearts) for Mr. Brand should provide yoga mats, crystals, and lots of oversized sunglasses.
July 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Katy Perry made some recent comments to Vogue magazine about her divorce to Russell Brand, namely that the last time she communicated with him was when he asked her for a divorce via text. This “devastated” him. Here’s why, from The Huffington Post:
He’s devastated by what Katy has said, given that they’ve been in contact on numerous occasions. He can’t understand why she would say all these things.
A few things can happen now:
– Katy Perry says she was misquoted.
– Russell Brand denies this story.
– Katy Perry clarifies her comments with, “We’ve been in contact but only about legal matters” blah blah.
Interesting that Brand didn’t address the part of the interview where Perry got all mysterious and ominous about the “real truth” behind their divorce.
Mr. Brand has said only very kind things about Ms. Perry since their split. He’s said that he “loved” being married to her and that she is, “a lovely beautiful person.”
July 3, 2013 at 6:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Russell Brand wants to get married again. I didn’t take sides in the Katy Perry/Russell Brand split, but after hearing that he asked for a divorce via text, I’m team Katy. But if that doesn’t bother you and you’d like to be the new Mrs. Russell Brand, here’s what he’s looking for. From The Mirror:
I would like to marry again and have a family. I am looking for my future wife. I hope she’s kind and sweet and sexually adventurous. I don’t ask for much, do I?
He’s apparently dating some chick named Alessandra Balazs who is 23 and is Chelsea Handler’s stepdaughter. Here is what she looks like:
She really puts the “girl” in “girlfriend.”
In case you were curious, Russell Brand is 38.
June 23, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Russell Brand has decided to cancel an upcoming stand-up show to the Middle East, I guess over “safety concerns”. What concerns exist now that didn’t when he first booked the thing is beyond me, but whatever. He was planning to head to Lebanon and Abu Dhabi in August, which is sort of hilarious because I can’t see his humour translating to their audience – especially since much of it doesn’t even translate in the Western world.
From BBC Radio 5:
“Those gigs have been banned, pulled because of threats from extremists that if I went there, there would be problems.
“The venue contacted us and said we can no longer guarantee your safety.”