Is Russel Brand the biggest, most irredeemable tosser in the entire universe? Discuss.

Picture0336Oh Russel Brand. With his birds nest hair and fuck me shoes; those verbose, confused witterings, faux self awareness, new-age spiritualism and rampant, sex addicted misogyny. And yet, that smattering of undeniable charisma. Even Jeremy Paxman had to admit, “There is something irresistable about Brand. He stands squarely in the British tradition of cheekie chappies.”

Irresistable to some, maybe. But “cheeky chappie” sounds altogether far too benign, and however much Brand may enjoy hamming up the role of charming English eccentric, he is far from harmless.

He recently told an entire generation of young people that he doesn’t vote and he doesn’t think they should either.

“As far as I’m concerned there is nothing to vote for. I feel it is a far more potent political act to completely renounce the current paradigm than to participate in even the most trivial and tokenistic manner, by obediently X-ing a little box”.

Lately, Russel Brand For Prime Minister! posters have begun to appear with alarming regularity on my facebook timeline, the irony apparently lost on some. I mean what? A far more potent political act? To do nothing?

Dare I stick my head above the parapet and say that despite his fancy words, the real reason Brand does not care to vote is because he is – as a predominantly self interested multi-millionaire – perfectly content with the status quo. His whoever you vote for, the government gets in rhetoric is all very expedient when he will never be forced to wait months for vital surgery or queue up outside a food bank. He can well afford to sit around in his leather trousers waiting for the “total revolution of consciousness and entire social, political and economic system” he claims to want. And yet strangely, one doesn’t see him tirelessly working to instigate this revolution, or giving away any of his riches either.

The real danger behind the main thrust of his argument though, is that in some respects he is of course quite right, and has therefore tapped into a collective disillusionment and apathy that keeps seeing record low turnouts at the polls. His assertion that “most people do not give a fuck about politics” is quite possibly true. That many people also “regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites” is certainly true. It is not a point of view I am entirely unsympathetic towards either.

But what is unforgivable is to take those attitudes and – instead of offering any real hope or alternative – encourage the very people whose lives might be made better by a change of government to disengage from the process entirely. His central claim, that “there is nothing to vote for” is an outright lie. Working tax credits, the minimum wage, survival of the welfare state and the NHS; these are just some of the things that can, have, and will change dependent on who is in power. Things that have no bearing on the quality of Russel Brand’s life, but can mean the difference between life and death for the likes of me and millions of others.

If Brand looks upon himself as a revolutionary then he is certainly deluded. There is nothing radical about Brand. He is a fully paid up member of the pampered elite, more interested in getting his rocks off than in the ordinary man and woman on the street.

So please, the answer is not to throw up our hands and say the game is rubbish, therefore I’m not playing. The game is flawed, certainly, and yes the players sometimes cheat. It is, however, the only game we have. So if we want to make a change let’s try to play fairly and encourage everyone else to join in and do the same.

Your vote matters. Use it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Responses to Is Russel Brand the biggest, most irredeemable tosser in the entire universe? Discuss.

  1. I got quite excited when Brand the Irredeemable Tosser started talking politics, I though ‘wow, maybe he’ll get young people slightly interested’, and then it turns out he has the opposite view of me. I’m not really bothered about knowing who you chose to vote for, I just want to know you voted.

    • Gappy says:

      I know. I did too. Because he’s an interesting character, even for those like me who do not find him terribly likeable. But then he just went and told everyone not to bother. Brilliant.

  2. Steve says:

    Russell Brand is that bizarre creature of the modern age; one who has access to far too much information, far too much philosophy and has a natural skill towards verbal articulacy… balanced by an inability to choose the right ideas to nail his flag to and a lack of discernment in what advise he imparts to his “fans”. I almost feel pity for the man.

  3. Nikkii says:

    I dunno – I kinda like him and I kinda agree with him. There’s not a dogs ball hair between the political parties in England, they agree on everything and are all pretty much shite. The most you could say to differentiate them is that their right-wing policies vary by bare degrees. Voter apathy should be of huge concern to the parties – maybe total apathy would give them the kick in the arse they need to come up with something people actually want to vote for.

    • Gappy says:

      I agree that none of our political parties are particularly appealing, and that Labour are far from the credible opposition they once were to the Tory party. There’s not a huge amount of difference between them all, it’s true. But even the smallest difference has to be worth voting for considering our current leaders, surely? Voting apathy is already pretty critical. But you never hear those in power getting particularly passionate about it or calling for change. All they’re bothered about is retaining their power.

      It’s not that I don’t have any sympathy at all with Brand’s point of view. I can see where he’s coming from. I just think he’s arrived at the wrong conclusion is all.

  4. Jean says:

    I find him a big turn off. He loses me with his flowery language, most of the time I have no idea what he’s talking about.

  5. Ray says:

    RB is a bright guy, i really like his use of language. but hes way too narcissistic. in the paxman interview sounded like a teenager who had discovered the inequalities of the world for the first time and that he was the first one to notice it. but hes also right that the parties we are offered all come from the same source. youre insightful article pierced his balloon and gave an alternative approach to the semi-democracy we are given. nice work Gappy.

    • Gappy says:

      Thanks Ray. I would agree that Brand is bright. And a narcissist. But narcissism is only ever a cover for very poor core self esteem, and I think with Brand that is just so clearly evident. The desperation to prove his intelligence with his use of flowery language, the desperation to prove his attractiveness and prop up his ego with his constant conquests. It all just seems very hollow. I wouldn’t care except for the fact that he was using his influence to try and encourage young people not to vote. There’s nothing clever about that.

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