Laughing in the Face of the King – Russell Brand’s Call for Revolution
“I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”
A week ago, I wrote a blog post about the role of a comedian as a social critic. In that post, I attached Russell Brand as an honorable mention.
Well, this week, Russell Brand is making headlines. This interview conducted on NEWSNIGHT is spreading across the internet, and is being hailed as a call for revolution.
“This movement is already occurring, it’s happening everywhere. We’re in a time when communication is instantaneous and there are communities all over the world. The Occupy movement made a difference even if in that it only introduced into the popular public lexicon the idea of the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. People for the first time in a generation are aware of massive corporate and economic exploitation. These things are not nonsense and these are subjects that are not being addressed.”
What do you think? Is Russell Brand a sensationalist clown, a pseudo-intellectual, a joker with higher aspirations? Or do you think Russell Brand is on to something here?