By: Amanda Froelich,
The revolution itself may not be televised, but on last night’s edition of BBC’s Newnight, viewers may have witnessed the start of one.
Russel Brand, actor-slash-comedian-slash-Messiah, in his newly acquired capacity as guest editor of the New Statesman’s just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to speak with Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life.
Engaging in what would-be a fiery debate, Russel proclaimed “I don’t get my authority from this pre-existing paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”
Brand and Paxman volleyed back and forth for the ten-minute segment over subjects such as political apathy and corporate greed.
Pulling light into issues Brand claims are ignored and are deserving of attention, a much larger audience may now be aware of some of the most concerning corruptions of the era, and motivated to do something about it.
“If we can [..] 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.”