Comedian Russell Brand continues to win me over with the lack of f*cks he gives while ranting and raving to simpletons who offer zero comebacks. His epic off-script stream of consciousness dialogues are far better than his on-stage comedy in my opinion. The dude is obviously a student of history, knows his shit, and isn’t afraid to call anyone out. Case in point, Brand chose to use his acceptance speech of GQ Magazine’s Oracle Award to point out the fact that the event sponsor, Hugo Boss, designed those fashionable uniforms for the Nazis back in the day.
“Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis,” Brand said. “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.”
As the crowd giggled awkwardly, I’m certain the talking heads at GQ Magazine and Hugo Boss were soiling their designer tuxedo pants. Russell Brand’s comments on Hugo Boss is historically accurate and it’s sad that few people know or care when they sport the clothing company’s threads. Boss’ connection to Hitler’s regime wasn’t revealed to the general public until 1997, when it was released by Swiss bankers that Hugo Boss, who typically manufactured police and postal uniforms in the 1930s, decided to dabble into human genocide when he designed uniforms for Hitler’s SS, Brownshirts, and even the Hitler Youth.
You can see an awkward exchange with the GQ Awards staff when Brand walks off stage. Shortly afterwards, Brand was kicked out by the magazine’s editor, Dylan Jones. Brand later Tweeted that he and Jones had a heated exchange. “What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.” Brand replied, “What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews.” Boom.