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Sep142011

Russell Brand Draws Criticism for Paralympics Joke

Peter Kramer/NBC(LONDON) -- Russell Brand has upset some disabled athletes after making a joke about the Paralympic Games during a stand-up performance in London last week.

Britain's Daily Mail reports the brash British comedian, who's married to pop star Katy Perry, said he doesn't care about the Olympics because it's a waste of money.  He then added, "At least the Paralympics have some kind of novelty value or something."

London will host both the Olympics and the Paralympic Games next year.

The UK newspaper The People quotes multiple Paralympic athletes who say the joke was offensive and irresponsible.  One competitor says, "We’ve worked harder than anyone to get here.  We’ve suffered life-threatening illnesses.  It’s both patronizing and upsetting for Russell Brand to describe us as a novelty.”

Brand is shrugging off the controversy.  He's tweeted, "Daily Mail/People stop being silly."

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