Public Speaking Expert
British comedian Russell Brand is known for making a splash at any event but it was a speech that he made at the GQ awards after party that saw him being asked to leave the party early and demonstrating that sometimes words can be the most powerful weapon of all when delivered well.
The GQ awards this year were being sponsored by the fashion label Hugo Boss and it was the well known historical links of the company with the Nazi party in the past that Russell Brand made reference to during his speech.
Russell Brand picked up an a award at the party but then made reference to the fact that Hugo Boss had made the uniforms for the Nazi regime in the past.
Brand accepted his own award after Boris Johnson was presented with the award for best politician and then made a quip referencing Syria and chemical weapons use.
When Brand took to the stage he began by saying: “Glad to grace the stage where Boris Johnson has just made light of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Meaning that GQ can now stand for genocide quips.
“I mention this only to make the next comment a little bit lighter because if any of you know a little about history and fashion you will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazi’s.
“But they did look ******* fantastic, lets fact it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.”
Russell Brand concluded his acceptance speech with: “Good luck on getting more offensive that that son.”
It is then reported that the comic was asked to leave the party because of the speech that he made but it wasn’t long before he went onto the social media site Twitter to let his fans know about the situation.
He wrote: “GQ editor: What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.
“Me: What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews’, which was accompanied by the hashtag ‘#nazitailor”
The event had its fair share of controversy in the acceptance speeches with comedian Rob Brydon also making an ill advised joke at the expense of the recent suicide attempt of Stephen Fry which was met with a stony silence.
Making a speech when accepting an award is usually seen as an opportunity to thank those who may have helped you to get to this position but because of the usually high profile situation it has in the past been used as a place to make political statements very effectively.