Comic-turned-social critic Russell Brand’s latest shocking public performance may have just attempted to incite a global revolution.
When last we heard from Brand, he was at the GQ awards, calling out Hugo Boss for creating uniforms for the Nazis. Now he’s taking on the global political system in his role as guest editor of The New Statesman and as a guest on the BBC.
“The planet is being destroyed,” Brand argued in a recent interview televised on the BBC. “We are creating an underclass and exploiting poor people all over the world. And the legitimate problems of the people are not being addressed by our political powers.”
Brand, who has already established himself as a talented writer, suggests that change is coming, and though it would be overkill to go out and buy 50 cans of beans and thousands of shotgun shells for protection, have you seen what they’re playing on the Discovery Channel recently?
Of course, the real question is: why doesn’t the US have a series of articulate celebrities? Regardless of what Brand is saying, he has a coherent answer for every different question, which is a lot more than we can say for the people we choose to put on TV. Imagine if Daniel Tosh or Dane Cook were asked to edit an issue of Dissent. Actually…don’t.