At the GQ Men of the Year Awards, Brand got up on stage and, reacting to a joke made earlier about Syria, joked about Hugo Boss's connection to the Nazi party.
While on stage, Brand told the gathered celebrities and politicians, ‘If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis.’
He then added, with less than subtle irony, ‘But they looked fucking fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.’
I think my favorite part is what Brand said to GQ editor Dylan Jones.
According to the comedian’s Twitter feed, the two men exchanged angry words, with Jones saying, ‘What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.’ Brand replied, ‘What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews.’
Well played, Mr. Brand. Well played.
Edit: It should be noted that I do not think Russell Brand is a good person. He's done a lot of shitty things and has done some things that really disgust me. However, this is one instance where I thought he was spot on.