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Russell Brand warned to apologise over alleged gay slur at university talk

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Jan 14, 2014 | 7:58am EST

British funnyman Russell Brand has come under fire for allegedly using a gay slur during a talk at a prestigious U.K. university. The comedian addressed students during a union event at Cambridge University in England on Monday (13Jan14), and he used his speech to reiterate his previous criticisms of democratic society in the U.K., urging the audience to back his calls for a revolution. However, he has come under fire for his choice of language as at one point during the talk, he allegedly chastised the audience by saying, "Shut up, you Harry Potter p**fs." A representative for the University's CUSU LGBT organisation, which represents the interests of the university's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, is adamant the funnyman should apologise for the slur. Charlie Bell tells Cambridge University's student newspaper Varsity, "It was a bit of a shock to hear that the word p**f 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." Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of gay rights group Stonewall, adds of the controversy, "We're disinclined to satisfy Mr Brand's uncharacteristic thirst for publicity by offering any further comment." Brand has yet to comment on the accusation.

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