British comedian Russell Brand was kicked out of GQ Magazine's Men of the Year Awards afterparty for pointing out the fashion company's historic links to the Nazi party, the Daily Mail reported.
- New York Fashion Week: The Real Show Is on the Street
- Israel Boycotter or Not? Russell’s New Brand of BDS
According to the report, while on stage at the awards show party, Brand joked about how the event's sponsor, famous fashion designer Hugo Boss, designed uniforms for the Nazis.
"If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis," the Daily Mail reported.
Ironically, Brand himself was spotted in February wearing a jacket by Hugo Boss.
But as the Daily Mail reported, the connection between Hugo Boss and the Nazis has been peddled so often, and with so many variations, that the true story is almost completely obscured.
The Daily Mail claims that the infamous black SS uniform was designed by artists with no connection to Boss, but reports that among one of Boss’s earliest clients was a textiles distributor called Rudolf Born, who commissioned Boss to produce some brown shirts for the National Socialist Party, which later became known as the Nazi Party.
According to Russel Brand's Twitter feed, he and GQ magazine editor Dylan Jones 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."