Russell Brand Attacks Critics of His Hypocrisy, Says Inequality Is Warning Sign of 'End of Days'

Actor/comedian Russell Brand just keeps promoting his new socialist crusade in the British press, this time in the radical-left Guardian. They love slams on capitalism from anyone, and that income inequality is a sign of the “end of days.”

“I can't deny that I've done a lot of daft things while I was under the capitalist fugue, some silly telly, soppy scandals, movies better left unmade,” Brand wrote. “I've also become rich. I don't hate rich people; Che Guevara was a rich person. I don't hate anyone, I judge no one, that's not my job.” (Naturally, a few paragraphs later he judges a tax evader as an "a***-hole.") He doesn’t like the charge of hypocrisy:

Some people say I'm a hypocrite because I've got money now. When I was poor and I complained about inequality people said I was bitter, now I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed.

It's easy to attack me, I'm a right twerp, I'm a junkie and a cheeky monkey, I accept it, but that doesn't detract from the incontrovertible fact that we are living in a time of huge economic disparity and confronting ecological disaster. This disparity has always been, in cultures since expired, a warning sign of end of days. In Rome, Egypt and Easter Island the incubated ruling elites, who had forgotten that we are one interconnected people, destroyed their societies by not sharing. That is what's happening now, regardless of what you think of my hair or me using long words, the facts are the facts and the problem is the problem.

Brand concluded: "I'm happy to be a part of the conversation, if more young people are talking about fracking instead of twerking we're heading in the right direction. The people that govern us don't want an active population who are politically engaged, they want passive consumers distracted by the spectacle of which I accept I am a part."

Earlier: Millionaire Comedian Russell Brand Says 'Profit Is a Filthy Word,' Fox's Neil Cavuto Says 'Shut Up!'

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis