Russell Brand: Bush is a 'retarded cowboy'
Jibe at US president shocks MTV crowd
With a fine disregard for the saccharine conventions of Hollywood, Russell Brand used his first major US gig to set back the cause of Anglo-American relations.
Hosting the MTV Video Music Awards in Hollywood, the flamboyant 33-year- old comedian shocked the audience with comments about the US president and urging people to vote for Barack Obama.
The comedian, who is virtually unknown across the Atlantic, left both his studio audience, and millions of TV viewers stunned, by calling George Bush a "retard" and urging America to elect Barack Obama "on behalf of the world".
"As a representative of the global community, a visitor from abroad, I don't want to come across a little bit biased, but could I please ask of you, people of America, please elect Barack Obama, please, on behalf of the world.
"Some people, I think they're called racists, say America is not ready for a black president," he declared.
"But I know America to be a forward-thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retard and cowboy fella be president for eight years?
"We were impressed... it was nice of you to let him have a go, because, in England, he wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors.
"I'm famous in the United Kingdom," he insisted. "My persona don't really work without fame. Without fame, this haircut could be mistaken for mental illness."