LONDON (AP) -- British comedian Russell Brand says he has cancelled Middle
Eastern dates on his forthcoming tour after promoters said they couldn't
guarantee his safety.
Brand had planned to take his "Messiah Complex" tour to Abu Dhabi and
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Brand has said the tour focuses on icons including Che Guevara, Gandhi,
Malcolm X and Jesus, and examines "the importance of heroes in this age of
But Brand told BBC radio Thursday that the Mideast venues "contacted us to
say we can no longer guarantee your safety."
Brand said he thought organizers were wary of the sensitive topic and the
poster, which "does depict me looking a little bit Christ-like" and wearing
corporate and religious insignia.
The tour starts June 12 in Chicago and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Dec.
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