Russell Brand-Blunt British Host at 2008 VMAs

            Besides Britney Spears finally winning her first and possibly last moon man during the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, the biggest story to come out of the night was its host, the blunt British comedian Russell Brand.



            Personally I wasn’t offended or put off when he urged Americans to vote for Barack Obama and called George W. Bush a “retarded cowboy”, but hey that’s just my opinion. If you have not figured it out, I am a liberal but I can see if you are a conservative Republican, it was a little rude.

            In his opening monologue, he went on to say that, he sympathized with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter’s boyfriend and would-be father, Levi Johnston, stating, “That is the safe sex message of all time. Use a condom or become a Republican!”


            Perhaps the most controversy actually came when Brand repeatedly joked about the Jonas Brothers and their purity rings. First of all, the Jo Bros are America’s new sweethearts so you need to be careful when you criticize everyone’s’ favorite new boy band. But, it would not have been a big issue if Brand would just make 1 joke about it and move on. It seemed as if after every commercial break, Brand would keep poking fun of three brothers, all of whom vow not to have premarital sex.

             Clearly angering “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks, who defended them by coming up on stage and saying, “It’s not bad to wear a promise ring because not every guy and a girl wants to be a slut, OK?”

            After the VMAs, the Jonas Brothers responded stating they are cool with it. Youngest brother Nick said, “For us it’s cool to see that he recognizes we are gentleman.” He even said he thought Brand was hilarious when he appeared on Conan O’Brien. Middle brother Joe went on to joke that maybe Russell just needs a hug.

            Aw. How can you not love them??

            Throughout the night Russell Brand was slowly losing his cool, he spoke too fast, and many times, he was incomprehensible. He cut off one of the main actors in the upcoming movie “Twilight” and many fans were outraged! But to the naked eye, it wasn’t that noticeable.

            Overall, the 2008 VMAs were better than last year’s disaster, and hey, Russell Brand did add a new twist to the ceremony. He was entertaining to watch, even if you were just staring at his wacky hair-do.


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