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Actor Russell Brand reduces BBC newsman to stunned silence

Actor Russell Brand reduces BBC newsman to stunned silence

October 25, 2013 - Actor and comedian Russell Brand is calling for a political and philosophical revolution in his guest editorship of the New Statesman magazine, and he explained what he wants to see in a passionately argued interview on BBC's "Newsnight."

Combative host Jeremy Paxman asked the British actor, who's known for his past drug use and his brief marriage to pop singer Katy Perry, what gave him the right to promote his political beliefs, particularly since he's never voted.


"I don't get my authority from this preexisting paradigm, which is quite narrow and only serves a few people," Brand said. "I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity."

He continued, issuing reams of prose even as the veteran TV reporter challenged him to defend his arguments.

"I am not not voting out of apathy," Brand said. "I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations."

Paxman asks Brand to describe what his revolution would look like.

"I think what it won't be like is a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as their 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited underserved underclass being continually ignored, where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to continue the right of bankers receiving bonuses," Brand said.

Paxman is unable to derail Brand, who comments on the newsman's beard and urges him to grow it until he can tangle it with his armpit hairs, even when he calls the actor a "very trivial man."

Eventually, the TV host is reduced to somewhat stunned silence by the loquacious and earnest Brand, who says he recalls seeing Paxman cry when he learned that his great-grandmother had been "f*cked over" by the aristocrats when the newsman appeared on the show, "Who Do You Think You Are," which examines the family trees of celebrities.

"You cried because you knew it was unfair and unjust, and that was just - what was that, a century ago? - and that's happening to people now," Brand said.

The actor said he wanted to take that sense of injustice that's innately familiar to many and put it to use.

"If we can engage that feeling instead of some moment of lachrymose sentimentality trotted out in the TV for people to pore over emotional porn, if we can engage that feeling and to change things, why wouldn't we?" Brand said. "Why is that naïve; why is that not my right because I'm an 'actor'? I mean, I've taken the right. I don't need the right from you. I don't need the right from anybody; I'm taking it."


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3 comments

  • Dmiles1#

    Dmiles1 wrote October 27, 2013 1:47:26 PM CET

    Jeremy Paxman crosses his arms and legs. Russle Brad is open.

  • Zanzibarjack#

    Zanzibarjack wrote October 27, 2013 1:52:21 AM CEST

    Russell Brand is a great example of an awakening spirit. Every time he speaks he is better. It's great to have such a funny and eloquent fellow with such a large platform for spreading the truth. Go Russell!!!

  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote October 26, 2013 4:41:36 PM CEST

    He has his problems but show me someone from a poverty background who hasn't?! He really seems to know what's wrong with the world. If he had a political party i would vote for it every time. I am the same as him, a deliberate non-voter because i do not feel represented by any party in our political sphere; i don't want to be complicit in and perpetuate this cleptocracy machine and there is no political party representing the working class properly. I could not agree with his opinions more, profit needs to take a sideline to making sure people have enough, poverty in a developed country is shameful and a clear indication of syphoning wealth from the poor to the rich. That is not democratic to me, it is a perpetual debt prison system for the poor in the country to be enslaved by the rich with their favourite control device. Just because you pay a wage that doesn't stop it being slavery, especially when the wages are below inflation, slaves are made to work against their will and so are we. British law has many subtleties that people don't understand. If you are from UK check your birth certificate, at the top it says 'Registration of birth' which in legal terms means your parents have signed you over as the property of the crown, the same goes for your car too. You don't even own your house under British law unless you paid for it in gold, which you cant do because banks will not accept payments in gold. Currency does not count because it is no longer backed by gold, so chances are you do not technically by law own your house even if the mortgage is paid off. The GBP has to be backed by something and it is, but more like someone, it is backed by birth certificates, every British citizen in fact, therefore we are owned as 'livestock', ergo a slave in literal terms not only metaphorical. For the large part we need to abandon commercial law (aka Maritime law) in favour of common law to begin righting the wrongs in society

 
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