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    Russell Brand: Saint of Sinner?

    Russell Brand, appearing in Liverpool to perform the Messiah Complex

    He’s the outspoken cockney comedian who both outrages and amuses the world with political idealism and raucous banter. Having already sold out two dates at the Liverpool Echo Arena (with a third date added for 16th February 2014), it seems that whether you like him or you loath him Mr Brand has certainly got audiences into a frenzy. Here’s our take on the delightfully devious Russell Brand...Saint or sinner?

    I'm not sure if he's a saint, sinner or part of a very big publicity stunt and marketing ploy. I'd like to believe the former, but with his UK tour coming up, it seems he's certainly picked the right time to bring up such controversies and set everybody's tongues wagging and of course, putting himself in the spotlight at the same time. Cue ticket sales rising.

    It's all well and good giving the "power to the poor" spiel, but lest we forget he is good friends with Jemima Khan, whose family has tight links with the absurdly prosperous Rothschild's - who some would say are public enemy number one in terms of having the poor and working class over.

    Another aspect I found odd during the interview was his dismissal of the importance of voting, surely this comment is playing into the Tories and elites hands - point proven with the last election, morale was down so hardly anybody voted, hence giving the vote away to those who did; Tories.

    It's a weird one; I like Russell, he's funny, but there's no place in politics for someone who's a multi-millionaire and enjoys the benefits of everything to do with capitalism - how can he speak for us?

    Ged Brennan

    I think maybe we should give Russell the benefit of the doubt. Although his status as a multi-millionaire may cause people to initially frown, maybe his intentions were genuine.

    At least one positive outcome of the interview was getting the younger generation talking about politics and bringing to light the problems of greed and wealth in the political system.

    It could also be said that Russell is one of the few big celebrities that isn't afraid to show enough courage to put his head above the parapet, even if it risks his career at the same time. He has actively spoken out against the powers that be, who in return constantly let us know that Russell is nothing but a drug addict and lothario.

    Take the Beckhams for example, who are happy to indulge in anything that keeps their reputation at bay. In an era where most celebrities seem desperate to get on the advertising Bandwagon, it's refreshing when a comedian like Russell uses his status for something that really does highlight working class realities.

    Ultimately, even if all this is an effort to boost his career, you can't deny he has made his fans aware of our countries current situation, which can only be a positive thing.

    Anna Kennedy

    Initially, I remember watching Russell Brand's interview with Jeremy Paxman with a massive grin on my face. He was eloquent, witty, and bang on about this country's political system - voting in bad, badder, or worse. I already rather admired Brand for his comedy but now he was voicing the very problems that the next generation are going to have to wade through, just like our predecessors. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    He had my undivided attention for days after; I posted the interview on Facebook, looked up Brand on Twitter, and raised my fist in the air for change... until I realised one crucial flaw in his 'revolution'. The flaw, highlighted by Robert Webb's appeal for Brand to see the light in Labour, was this: "I have never, nor ever will vote, unless we get exactly what we want."

    A good cause, but a terrible idea. Unless Brand refines his meaning of 'revolution', or offers a solid alternative, the younger generation is going to stop voting... A catastrophe waiting to happen. No voting means no voting AGAINST money-hoarding MPs, no voting AGAINST power-mad toffs with no grip on reality, and no voice AGAINST the same old problems we as a species have faced for hundreds of years.

    It's going to take more than a bit of Kicking and screaming against a brick wall of corruption that has stood for hundreds of years to make a real change. My generation sounded off in agreement with Brand because his beaming personality is intoxicating, but if he inspires a whole set of young age groups to stop voting, we're all going to suffer the consequences of apathy.

    Joe Crawford

    A lot of column inches have been written and a lot of air time has been given over to Russell Edward Brand of late in regards to whether or not what he purports to believe in heralds a desire for genuine change or is merely a mechanism to sell tickets for his live appearances. To quote a line he offered up himself, Brand like you and I, are all “Autonomous Human Beings” and are all therefore able to make up our own minds on that score. But in saying that we have to acknowledge that once we are all able to intellectually raise our heads above the parapets of social and cultural ignorance, he has more than a few valid points. If what he posits does nothing more than raises our awareness of how governments worldwide are aiding corporations in destroying our planet whilst promoting a culture that rewards selfishness and then counters this by asking us to stand up for a revolution of consciousness through civil disobedience, how can we not recognise these as points of valid conjecture.

    After all is said and done this directly echoes what Ghandi and King have told us before but has since been drowned out by the noise created from societies current distractions of celebrity and commodity. Regardless of my opinion of Brand, I for one am glad of these reminders.

    Selby Strange

    The essex born comedian turned political activist will be performing everywhere from Portsmouth to Palestine on this tour that has already seen many dates added due to huge ticket sales. Liverpool’s sellout show has been extended to a three night run with tickets for the final night available now.




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