Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night

The revolution itself may not be televised, but on last night’s edition of the BBC’s Newsnight, viewers may have witnessed the start of one.

Actor-slash-comedian-slash-Messiah Russell Brand, in his capacity as guest editor of the New Statesman‘s just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to explain to Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life.

“I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people,” Russell responded. “I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”

And with that, the first shots of Russell’s revolutionary interview were fired.

Over the course of the following ten-or-so minutes, Brand and Paxo volleyed back and forth over subjects ranging from political apathy, to corporate greed, to gorgeous beards.

Throughout the interview, Brand repeatedly dodged Paxman’s efforts to trivialize his message — at one point Paxman literally called Brand a “very trivial man” — until finally, even the entrenched newsman appeared to relent against the rushing tide of Brand’s valid arguments.

After Brand reminded Paxman that he cried after learning that his grandma too had been “fucked over” by aristocrats, the Newsnight host was stunned into silence.

“If we can engage that feeling and change things, why wouldn’t we?” Brand crescendoed. “Why is that naive? Why is that not my right because I’m an ‘actor’? I’ve taken the right. I don’t need the right from you. I don’t need the right from anybody. I’m taking it.”

[H/T: Reddit, video via BBC Newsnight]

  • Johnny Lockwood

    I love Brand, he is articulate about the global slavery we have in place in the system we call capitalism and also has a sense of humour he can fall into whenever he likes. I also think he has a look of Jesus about him!!

  • Nancy Elizabeth Keiler

    On with the revolution. This man is right, these governments are not doing right by the people. I do believe that Occupy has started something and Brand points that out

  • Andy K. Liberman

    Brings back the poster quote to mind, ” if you think greed is bad, wait til u see CAPITALISM”

  • canyonguy

    Whos Revolution ?

  • Bruce 7

    Paxman is the trivial man. The Messiah has spoken like a true Messiah!

  • neroden

    He hasn’t started the revolution — but this is a sign that a revolution is coming. And soon. Just keep counting the prominent and well-to-do people from different walks of life who are ready for a revolution and will say so in public. We’re getting very close to a critical mass.

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