Russell Brand, every now and again you do something that makes me hate you a little bit less for breaking Katy Perry’s adorable heart. And dropping a little historic knowledge at the GQ Awards by bringing up the fact that Hugo Boss’ big break in fashion came from supplying those shit brown outfits to Germany’s Most Abominable was pretty bad ass.
So there must be some “code of conduct” for judging of former Nazi members that I haven’t had the pleasure to read. I guess if you are rich enough, and give enough money, then you get a pass and people are supposed to pretend that those little black marks aren’t on your permanent record. Or at least that how it seemed at GQ Magazine’s “Man of the Year” awards when Brand reminded everyone of sponsor Hugo Boss’ past, which promptly resulted in his being kicked out of the event.
Seems Hugo Boss was a big manufacturer of uniforms for the SS, and even was a Nazi member himself. So while accepting this year’s Oracle award, Brand decided to mention this little bit of information to the crowd. Laughing a bit, Brand decided to drop some “genocide quips.”
“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.”
Then to really drive the point home, he did a few leg kicks, and a hand salute.
Shortly after his speech, Brand was kicked out on his Non-White Power ass by GQ Editor, Dylan Jones. The two apparently exchanged some words, which Brand happily posted on his Twitter.
First of all, I feel like if you are going to give Russell Brand a microphone and free reign to say whatever he wants, be prepared for some real shit to come out. Brand is not exactly known for his PG rated humor. Secondly, why does Hugo Boss get a pass? Because he died quite a bit ago? Because his company makes fancy clothes that people with too much money and not enough individuality buy?
The Daily Mail in the U.K tried to explain that Boss was only a minimally involved Nazi member, and that it was “all business” for him. Suuuuuuure. I mean, I guess it’s easy to ignore the stench of hate and body ash when you’re safe and comfortable in your sewing room playing dress-up.
Oh, and while his factory was a shit hole filled with fleas and disease, and his workers were totally overworked and underpaid, Boss was still not a monster because it could have been worse. It’s kind of like someone saying having cancer doesn’t suck too much and you should be grateful you don’t have AIDS.
I still feel like Brand needs a good scrub down in a bathtub full of bleach and penicillin, but he definitely earned a few kudos in my book, and I would hand him a towel and a loofah. Here’s the video in case you wanted to see it.