Comedian Russell Brand has found himself at the centre of a social media storm for a tweet he made about 'working class men.

The 45-year-old, famous for his stand up shows and for appearances in films like Rock of Ages, has been branded "condescending" and "patronising" by angry social media users for a comment he made in a caption to accompany a photo of his dog.

Sharing a picture of his pet, Russell tweeted: "I love Bear. He brings out the beauty in people.

"Today two working class men independently described him in surprisingly poetic language.

"'Apricot' coloured said one. 'Cinnamon' said another."

But his choice to prefix 'men' with 'working class' and his apparent surprise at their vocabulary did not go down well with many people.

One follower reacted: "Russell this is an extremely patronising tweet," and another quipped: "Today two working class men described Russell Brand as a patronising w***er. He brings out the best in people."

A third reacted: "Wow, the working class are articulate and know how to use adjectives I wonder what adjectives they'd use to describe the dogs owner? "Patronising" "condescending," but, making reference to Russell's own working class background, others have defending him, claiming he clearly made the comment with his tongue firmly in his cheek.

Former Byker Grove actress Holly Matthews tweeted: "I’m actually laughing my head off at these tweets man, why are you taking this so seriously!?!! So many people desperate to be offended!!

"He’s a comedian. He’s working class done alright for himself but still working class," adding: "Whatever your thoughts here, Russell Brand grew up working class, that doesn’t go away Cos you do alright for yourself and he’s CLEARLY being f*****g tongue in cheek...get a sense of humour people."

In agreement, another fan wrote: "Despite it being a bit of a corny tweet, I think many have chosen to neglect the fact that Brand was not only brought up in a working class environment, but has shown support for working class causes throughout his career; blokes a good egg IMO."