Russell Brand Middle East tour canceled

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Russell Brand says he has canceled Middle Eastern dates on his forthcoming tour after promoters said they couldn't guarantee his safety, The Associated Press reports. Brand had planned to take his "Messiah Complex" tour to Abu Dhabi and Lebanon. 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 atheistic disposability." But Brand said the 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.

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