Russell Brand's death threat
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 October 2008
British comic star Russell Brand has revealed he received death threats after he presented the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) earlier this year
Russell Brand received death threats after presenting the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
The British comic star sparked controversy with a series of risque jokes - including calling US President George W. Bush a "retarded cowboy" and likening Britney Spears to a "female Christ" - at the event, and has revealed some people were so furious they wanted to kill him.
He said: "The VMAs were a lot of fun. Especially the death threats. If you are going to kill someone, don't give them advance notice, which gives you a chance to prepare.
"These Christian Republicans were watching me and thought, 'Well, this is no good, I shall do a death threat.' "
Although Russell admits some of his jokes were cruel - he also poked fun at clean-cut American pop group the Jonas Brothers - he is amazed at the level of anger his jokes caused.
He added to BBC Radio 1: "How can you, while watching the TV, think, 'Oh I don't enjoy this, no I'm not enjoying this at all,' then think, 'Right I'm going to kill him?' That's a huge jump."
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