Russell Brand tames down act for Americans at the VMAs, gets asked back

Russell Brand did well at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in Los Angeles last Monday.  He’s very pleased with the result, and apparently so are the sponsors.

MTV told me that they want me to do it again. Afterwards they were really thrilled. There was a 20 per cent increase in viewers from last year’s show and wow, isn’t life exciting.

Brand had to tone his act down a bit for the live show, which went out to an audience of 8.4 million people.

I had John McCain gags pulled. And they asked me to tone down the gags about Sarah Palin. I wanted to say she was forcing her teenage daughter to have a baby because she is so anti-abortion.

But also, as a Republican she is pro-execution so she is going to give her the electric chair for being a little slut.

They weren’t keen on that one.

The sponsors thought it was okay for Brand to refer to the retarded cowboy 43rd President of the United States as a “retarded cowboy”, though.  Some jokes about Sarah Palin were permitted, as was one about the Jonas Brothers.

Nevertheless, according to a Canadian member of the Globe and Mail’s London bureau, Elizabeth Renzetti, who has spent three years in the United States and is now resident in a posh part of London, “A good segment of America is shocked” over what did get through.  Renzetti avers that what Brand did get to say was pukka mainstream British opinion of the hopelessly right wing and brain-dead nature of what passes for American politics and public life.  Renzetti says that she doesn’t understand American politics either.

India Knight notes that some over-excitable Americans (apparently those from the bit in the middle, mainly) became rather outraged at Brand’s temerity in expressing a negative opinion, even though his act would have been seen as utterly tepid in the UK, had the subject matter been British politicians.  Oh well, put it down to “cultural differences.”

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