Russell Brand

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Re: Russell Brand

Postby Charlie » 24 Oct 2013, 19:55

Look at this fawning blog. I can't believe he's taking Brand seriously. The thing is, any decent debate to be had about such issues such as the middle-class squeeze, new political models etc is doomed to failure if the only thing people such as Brand and the Occupy lot can come up with as an alternative is socialism. Such paucity of thought!
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Re: Russell Brand

Postby Elliott » 24 Oct 2013, 20:13

There are reactions to the interview here. I think this one is quite good, and echoes Charlie's thoughts to some extent:

sizor_sister wrote:I hate Russel Brand as much as the next person, but the Paxman is being a complete a**hole. He's the one being trivial, not Brand.

I love how his initial response to Brand is "But, you don't vote!" then as they get deeper in the conversation it's "Well, you want a revolution (LOL)!" Brand even says that he's not here to come up with some world utopia sitting in a hotel room giving an interview.

It's not people like Brand who don't vote that are part of the "problem;" it's a**holes like Paxman who refuse to acknowledge the myriad of issues that our current political system has failed to solve and who are completely unwilling to listen to alternatives who are part of the problem.
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Re: Russell Brand

Postby Gavin » 28 Oct 2013, 21:06

I didn't watch the interview with Brand but here's another response. It condemns the BBC for even considering him worthy for a Newsnight interview.


It's not the first time he's been interviewed on a serious news programme, though. Apparently the BBC just can't stop holding him in high esteem, despite him having disgraced them in the past.
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Re: Russell Brand

Postby Gavin » 31 Oct 2013, 03:03

I would be interested to see a critique by TD of Mr Brand's much talked about tract in the New Statesman. I haven't read it because I can't bear his pretentious manner of self-expression and have never known him to say anything profound hitherto, but some of the comments beneath are quite disturbing ("socialism works", etc.). I wonder if Brand will be distributing his millions among his followers any time soon.
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Re: Russell Brand

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Re: Russell Brand

Postby Nathan » 11 Dec 2014, 12:21

Can anybody else bring themselves to watch Question Time tonight with Russell Brand and Nigel Farage on the same show? I don't think I've watched it since the 2011 riots, but I still smell a set-up.
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Re: Russell Brand

Postby Nathan » 12 Dec 2014, 20:00

It looks like I'm not the only one on here who ended up watching QT last night.

I thought Russell Brand did a good job of making a fool of himself. If the attention-seeking clown persona and the lazy diction (which I assume is affected? I don't know anything about his background) wasn't enough, then the one-track mindedness in going on about bankers and the financial system regardless of what the question put to him actually was surely must have been. He looked very out of his depth.

That angry woman at the back who was obviously a plant and who had nothing to say other than shouting "RAAAAAAAAAAAA-CIST!!!!!" didn't do herself any favours either!
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Re: Russell Brand

Postby Gavin » 12 Dec 2014, 20:39

Yes, agreed, Nathan. Mr Farage didn't really have to do much else than sit there and let Brand make himself even more dislikable by hurling insults. Others on the panel were evidently willing to have a serious discussion but it was made impossible by the presence of clown Brand, who seemed to have trouble even stringing words together, as if his Thesaurus was not to hand (perhaps Will Self has this trouble too).

All in all a good show, and some UKIP supporters allowed into the studio. Not the most eloquent ones though - the disabled and the unemployed, perhaps. They have also been hammered by Labour's policies, but many professionals who agree with UKIP cannot quite come out yet or the "tolerant" Left would likely ensure they are not employed any longer.
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