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The Russell Brand/Britney VMA Promos Are Seriously Creeping Everyone Out

Eeek, whose idea was this? The whole gimmick with Russell Brand is that he’s this funny guy from England who is almost completely unknown even to people who saw him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. So after they tapped him to host the VMAs, someone at MTV was like “Let’s see if we can get Britney to do promos with him.” Except they’re really uncomfortable and Russell acts like not just a pervert molester, but a condescending pervert molester. It’s really unfunny. In the latest ones, he tries to kiss Britney, burps, and fondles her leg:

(There’s another equally gross one here.) This could be amusing if anyone in America knew who this dude was, but this is no way to introduce him. NOT LIKEABLE.