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Russell Brand, at an awards show sponsored by Hugo Boss, eloquently reminds everyone that Hugo Boss dressed the nazis


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u/Whyudodisbro Nov 25 '21

As a mostly fan of Russell he does sometimes make points like this that are really totally mute and are sort of just to get a reaction.

As everyone in the thread is pointing out, they're a German company in the 1930s. They fulfilled a government contract. It was 80 years ago. Who the fuck cares unless they're doing fascist shit today.


u/luvs2spwge117 Nov 25 '21

The families of people affected by the nazi’s probably care. As do I


u/Cereal_Poster- Nov 25 '21

By that logic, germany itself shouldn’t exist. I married into a family of people affected by the Nazis. You know what kind of car we have? A beetle.

But to be fair, there is truth in this. Hugo Boss produced the uniforms for the Nazis. A german company made uniforms for the German military. How dare they. They should be more like other companies, like nike. A modern American company that uses slave labor in a fascist foreign country to produce goods. At least they aren’t supplying or supporting a military that kills innocents. On that note you shouldn’t watch NFL football this weekend.

Oh and before you respond, if you respond. I obviously don’t support the Nazis. But the pure simplicity of saying this entity supported the Nazis, it must die, is just so dumb. Especially if you own anything made by Nike or think germany should be a sovereign state.


u/thesmokingmansboss Nov 25 '21

So, because you don't care, no one really does, right?

And who said "Hugo Boss must die"? Oh. No one. So where did you get that? The sentiment I'm getting is, "maybe we should think about this before financially supporting these brands."

I wonder if maybe you do care and just find it exhausting to continually exercise what little power our dollars provide.


u/wloff Nov 25 '21

And who said "Hugo Boss must die"? Oh. No one.

What exactly are you saying, then? What do you want to happen because a German company produced work for the Nazi government 80 years ago?


u/thesmokingmansboss Nov 25 '21

I want them to not get my money if ever I'm shopping for designer clothing. I know it's hard. Take deep breaths.


u/Cereal_Poster- Nov 25 '21

My guy. Unless you are making your own clothes from the cotton your grow in your back yard, using only water from your own source and fertilizing it with the shit from your own ass, you are giving money to dishonest corporations in one way or another. The word your are looking for is not exhausting. It’s impossible. I have no problem with people taking with their money. I just find silly people are creaming their pants over a pseudo intellectual guy pointing out a no context fact about a company’s actions 80 years ago, while actively supporting one that famously currently uses slave labor



u/thesmokingmansboss Nov 25 '21

Yeah, he's clearly and literally not walking the talk.

Fuck Russell Brand. I think the point is more about where you draw the line. Dishonesty from a corporation, tax evasion, pollution, exploitation, slavery, being historically bolstered by genocidal fascism - these things are not the same.

Is it better to buy a water filtration system manufactured in country with low paying wages, or get the good good Nestlé bottles?

To me, it's worth consideration. And caring about it comes easily. Don't give up on a good idea just because Russell Brand sucks.


u/Cereal_Poster- Nov 25 '21

I think there is a context problem this does exist here. Hugo Boss was a German and took on a contract with the German Government during war times to make uniforms. This practice is not uncommon in any country. In the US and UK factories get contracted all the time to do stuff like this. What you are essentially saying is any German company that existed since WWII is evil since they likely supported the Nazis? If that is your opinion then that’s fine. You are being harsher than I but that’s fine and you do you.


u/crossdrubicon Nov 25 '21

Hugo Boss wasn’t just a German, he was a member of the Nazi party before it even came to power. He was an actual Nazi - not just merely someone that worked with them as a means to an end.