GQ ‘Men of the Year’ Awards: Jewish Jeremy Piven Responds to Russell Brand’s Nazi Jibe
The GQ ‘Men of the Year’ awards program at London’s Royal Opera House on Tuesday night went off script, with American Jewish actor Jeremy Piven responding to comedian Russell Brand, who threw sponsor German fashion house Hugo Boss under the bus by reminding the audience that they manufactured Nazi uniforms.
“If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis. But they looked f***ing amazing,” Brand joked, as reported by the London Evening Standard.
Actor Jeremy Piven, at the event to present the ‘ TV Personality of the Year’ award to CNN’s Piers Morgan, said: “This event is going on longer than my bar mitzvah, and I’ve been sitting in the corner sweating like a Hebrew slave. So thank you Russell, for pointing out the people that killed six million of my people.”
Evening Standard and Independent owner, Russian oligarch Evgeny Lebedev, was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award for running the two newspapers and winning a bid to create a new UK television station, London Live, which is expected to begin operations in 2014.
But Lebedev didn’t join in with the evening’s jokesters. “I’m very much looking forward to the London TV channel and I very much hope I can make you all proud of it,” he said in all seriousness.