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Russell Brand Offends Students with Gay Slur at Cambridge University Talk

Russell Brand offended some students during a recent talk he gave at Cambridge University, after using a gay slur to quiet the audience, the Varsity reports:

Brand"At one point he jokingly reprimanded the audience, exclaiming, 'Shut up you Harry Potter poofs!' While most in attendance seem to have found this funny, some have spoken out against the use of the term. The CUSU LGBT representative Charlie Bell said, 'It was a bit of a shock to hear that the word poof is considered an appropriate term to level as an insult, especially by someone like Brand, who models himself as the very model of a modern liberal... he should apologise unreservedly and immediately.'"

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  1. Well, since he identifies as a liberal shouldn't we give this boy a pass? He's just a harmless goof after all.

    Posted by: Myles | Jan 14, 2014 12:44:18 PM


  2. yes Virginia, there is such a thing as "too PC"

    Posted by: Truthiness | Jan 14, 2014 12:51:57 PM


  3. Does this also mean we can't say "drama queen" anymore?

    Posted by: Hrm | Jan 14, 2014 12:52:24 PM


  4. Oh Jeez… everybody CTFD.

    Posted by: Rich in DC | Jan 14, 2014 12:53:29 PM


  5. It's hard to be taken serious as an intellectual when you're a limey goofball.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jan 14, 2014 1:04:06 PM


  6. Who is Russell Brand and I don't shive a git.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jan 14, 2014 1:13:13 PM


  7. I think he's one of the most annoying 'entertainers' of all time, but getting offended by something like that is pointless and oversensitive.

    Posted by: Chris K | Jan 14, 2014 1:14:36 PM


  8. People are calm. But 'poof' is a gay slur. So Brand should apologise and then we can all move quickly on to bigger issues.

    Posted by: London | Jan 14, 2014 1:18:14 PM


  9. "While most in attendance seem to have found this funny, some have spoken out against the use of the term." ROFLMAO. Everybody is offended by something.

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 14, 2014 1:28:55 PM


  10. It's hard to be taken serious as an intellectual when you're a limey goofball.

    Posted by: Kev C .... So that's better then calling someone a "Harry Potter poof"????

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 14, 2014 1:29:56 PM


  11. "Poof" is definitely derogatory. Would I have brushed it off? Likely.

    People add "fat" to everything when it really says nothing; 'big fat idiot'. I'm certainly guilty of calling people "crackers", "white-trash", "trailer-trash" and the like. Same goes for 'fag', 'queen', 'tranny' and even 'poof'... but I'm a gay, white guy, so I get a VIP pass for most things & rarely am asked to apologize.

    Especially with comedians, whose job it is to provoke us into recognizing our own bad behavior... I would give him room to move.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jan 14, 2014 1:41:39 PM


  12. "harry potter poofs"

    give me a flipping break here..... if anyone should be upset it should be the harry potter fans.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 14, 2014 1:55:40 PM


  13. Tempest in a teapot.

    Posted by: David | Jan 14, 2014 2:10:43 PM


  14. There's a difference between friendly insults, and actual insults.

    This appears to be the friendly variety. He doesn't get a pass because he's liberal. He gets a pass because he has earned trust.

    Time will tell if Brand is turning into Baldwin. If he goes full Baldwin, he'll be treated similarly.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 14, 2014 2:25:03 PM


  15. Toughen up.

    Posted by: les | Jan 14, 2014 2:31:08 PM


  16. The gays are always excusing behavior in people they believe are on their side politically (assuming this guy has any idea about politics in general) that they would crucify a political opponent for doing.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 14, 2014 3:09:30 PM


  17. "Poof" is such an archaic term here in the UK, it's not really offensive at all. And I should imagine Brand was saying it with the exact same amount of irony the that words "Harry Potter" were which preceded it. People need to stop getting so offended by trivial things. This guy is absolutely on our side.

    Posted by: danswon | Jan 14, 2014 3:54:25 PM


  18. I am more perplexed by the connection to Harry Potter. I think that Russell Brand's budding activism can do a world of good, particularly if it keeps him from attempting to do any more acting. However I'd call this one worthy of a yellow card. We get it, just mind yourself. Only minorities can properly and legitimately reclaim hurtful words and take their sting away.

    Posted by: Tone | Jan 14, 2014 4:45:39 PM


  19. @Michael - that was my reaction - what's the implication of the Harry Potter reference?

    Posted by: Alan | Jan 14, 2014 4:52:30 PM


  20. Sad commentary on the times we live in that Russell Brand is what passes for "celebrity". In earlier eras he wouldn't be taken seriously as a shoe-shine boy.

    Posted by: David | Jan 14, 2014 4:53:39 PM


  21. @Perry- People named Perry always say stupid stuff. It is the problem with universal laws. You just can't help it!

    Posted by: Miguel R | Jan 14, 2014 6:19:12 PM


  22. Russell, honey, you don't get a pass on this one. Apologize. And hope it is accepted.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 14, 2014 7:39:59 PM


  23. Irony is lost on PC twists and most morons here.

    Posted by: Buckie | Jan 14, 2014 9:16:52 PM


  24. "Irony is lost on PC twists and most morons here."
    - I've not idea what a "twist" is but this is sadly true.

    Posted by: danswon | Jan 15, 2014 2:24:27 AM


  25. My Grandma was overweight and we described her as a "poof." so now im confused.

    Posted by: Shugo Chara Egg! | Jan 15, 2014 8:16:48 AM


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