Russell Brand: Comedian, Actor, Magazine Editor…Revolutionary?

Russell Brand is a pretty fascinating human being.

He made headlines back in June for his quick wit and spot-on analysis of traditional media’s failings on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

And now he more-or-less called for a revolution on BBC’s Newsnight. And of course, it’s trending online.

It was invigorating to watch him go to bat with Jeremy Paxman.

He references drug issues with lower social classes and voter apathy (as well as government apathy for the needs of the people).

He references revolutions and the Occupy Movement.

And he gets angry.

At one point, Paxman asks him: “Do you see any hope?”

“Ya totally, there’s gonna be a revolution,” says Brand. “It’s totally going to happen…I don’t got a flicker of doubt. This is the end. This is time to wake up.”

The reactions on reddit go all directions, with one redditor, double_2, sharing a petition to see Russell Brand stand as the face of the “None of the Above” Party in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

While others, like Insect_Politics remain critical to Brand’s arguments, commenting: “It seems that many people are so easily swayed to Russell’s defence simply by how articulate he is. How ornately someone decorates their sentences means as much to me as the lipstick they wear as they convey their message. Every comment I read about his extensive vocabulary might as well be about his cheekbones. De-construct his message and you’ll find it to be either naive in the extreme or simply irrational. His utopian dream is very similar to his musings on god: his heart is in the right place but his head is all over the shop. Near the end when he got emotional and affected, it was a borderline Tom Cruise moment.”

Perhaps you should see for yourself?

I'm a journalist, producer and host who thought I would get into "traditional" broadcasting until the lusty call of the Internet drew me in. I've been fortunate enough to have launched 10 web series about a wide range of niches, like: Greek culture, Wines, India and Battlestar Galactica (BSGcast FTW!). But these days I love being one-half of Nat&Marie, exploring Internet Culture and dissecting how the web affects IRL and vice versa. Instagram's my vice and Technoviking is my home boy!

1 Comment

  1. karmacakedotca

    October 24, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I’m under the impression that if you don’t vote then your voice isn’t heard. But, if the belief is that Internet provides a voice, then people may not engage with their government and enforce their own political wants and desires because they think that complaining about it is enough. I get what Russel Brand is saying, and it’s not so unusual. It’s also why existing political hierarchy doesn’t speak to the “youth” because they aren’t engaged in the process. It’s a loop. But, a revolution doesn’t have to be an entire political sweep, it could be different to Brand’s current frame of mind. It could just be, people working with the system to enforce their desires and direct the change they want. If no one is looking and holding this hierarchy accountable and uplifting the candidates they believe in, democratically, then how is it going to change? I’m more nervous about the ones who think they should have some sort of civil unrest… that’s not very strategic is it?

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