Leave it to Russell Brand to paint a controversial speech as a spiritual awakening!
We don’t know if Katy Perry’s former husband was trying to appease or confuse with his explanation of his GQ Men of the Year award acceptance speech, but he definitely had a lot to say about it!!
In an article Russell wrote for the UK's Guardian newspaper this weekend, the comedian talked about the absurdity of receiving the Oracle Award:
"My knowledge of the classics is limited, but includes awareness that an oracle is a spiritual medium through whom prophecies from the gods were sought in ancient Greece. Thankfully, I have a sense of humour that prevents me from taking accolades of that nature on face value, or I'd've been in the tricky position of receiving the GQ award for being 'best portal to a mystical dimension', which is a lot of pressure."
The disillusion he felt from the misconstrued award title somehow led him to associate the event sponsor, Hugo Boss, with their historical Nazi ties during his speech.
The brand obviously took the move as an attempt to breed bad PR, but Russell claims:
"The jokes about Hugo Boss were not intended to herald a campaign to destroy them. They're not Monsanto or Halliburton, the contemporary corporate allies of modern-day fascism; they are, I thought, an irrelevant menswear supplier with a double-dodgy history."
However, even after Boss kicked him out of the after party, the shunned award recipient still believes he managed to crack the facade of a misconceived event:
"Subsequent to my jokes, the evening took a peculiar turn. Like the illusion of sophistication had been inadvertently disrupted by the exposure. It had the vibe of a wedding dinner where the best man's speech had revealed the groom's infidelity. With Hitler."
Well, that's one way to describe it.
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