Now in the U.K. promoting the “Camp Rock” film after their appearance at the Video Music Awards last weekend, the spoke with the BBC about Russell Brand’s controversial verbal jabs at them during the show. Brand poked fun at the boys for their purity rings and abstinence pledges .
“For us, it’s cool to see that he recognizes we are gentlemen,” Nick, 15, said.
His older brother, Kevin, 20, speculated that Brand miscalculated the audience. “I think he focused on certain things and didn’t move off of them,” he said. “People’s attention spans in America need more than that.”
They also seem to be fans of the comic. “I think he did a good job [at the show],” Nick said. “We saw him on Conan O’Brien and thought he was hilarious.”
And the boys didn’t let Brand’s comments spoil their night. The trio, who performed their single “Lovebug” during the show, just let it slide off their backs. “We had a lot of friends there and everybody’s so nice. We had a good time,” Kevin added.
Other celebrities already reacted negatively to Brand’s comments about the Jonas Brothers. During the show, “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks rushed to the band’s defense , saying “I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It’s not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody — guy or girl — wants to be a slut.”
And Paris Hilton also defended the group after the show. She said, “I don’t pick on them. That’s something cool for a kid to keep, so don’t pick on them for that.”
And Paris’ (sort of) namesake, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton came to their defense as well, telling MTV News after the show, “I think those Jonas Brothers are good kids, and we shouldn’t be making fun of them for promoting good values.”