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Russell Brand and Johann Hari – the revolutionary dream team

5 September 2014

11:11 AM

5 September 2014

11:11 AM

‘I don’t think Russell Brand has read much Orwell’, says the Catholic Herald, responding to the multi-millionaire revolutionary’s YouTube claim that IS are less of a threat than David Cameron:

‘Not just because he recently described Owen Jones as our generation’s incarnation of the left-wing iconoclast, but because yesterday he engaged in the kind of apologia for foreign fascism which the great man built his reputation on condemning.’

Brand’s video has now been seen by more than 200,000 people, and guess who is helping him make these visual treats happen? Non other than the self-confessed plagiarist and disgraced former Indy columnist Johann Hari.

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Hari was the ideological lodestar for the latest generation of lefty scribblers like Owen Jones and Laurie Penny, before his astonishing fall from grace upon being exposed for inventing quotes and even whole interviews. He claims in the biography of his new book that he ‘currently produces Russell Brand’s podcast and YouTube channel’. Though Johann has a track record for making stuff up, something tells Mr S this one is on the money.

All this makes Random House’s claim in May that Hari was not writing Brand’s revolutionary manifesto, that will be published for profit, look a little shaky.

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  • William Sciara

    i love the idea that the visual thinking revolution is here!!

    deck
    paint

  • richybagpuss

    Despite his sometimes irritating schtick, Brand is one of the few positive advocates for political change in the UK, as can be seen here:

    http://lovelanguageloveliterature.com/2014/10/29/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-brand/

  • Flower Powerchild

    he likes to see himself as some sort of leader, he’s a leader all right, the leader of all the cretins who admire those, that have destroyed this country

    your career is over, go away now.

  • wolfeeboy

    It would seem from these comments, that only die hard Tories read the Spectator, one of the very sects he rails against. These comments are quite saddening, further proof, were it needed, that self interest rules as always in the blue party, and why we will be well rid of them if the ordinary voter would just wake up and take part.

    • Richard

      Say what! Most Speccie readers are very anti-Tory, in its present form at least.

  • Conrad Murray

    Brand should be hated by right and left alike. He is a total fool. He is just creating a cult of Brand, without saying anything.

  • Ahnon IMaus

    Brand is at his best when he is talking about “nut sacks”. When discussing anything requiring knowledge gained in secondary school or above he has no more insight than a well trained chimpanzee.

    It is funny how he bandies around the acronym POSH. POSH derives from Port Out Starboard Home tickets for the 19th century ship voyage to India (with cabins getting the sunset); the 19th Century equivalent of travelling first class. For a chap like Russell who is a millionaire and travels First Class this is a rather obvious
    piece of hypocrisy. He is the personification of POSH!

    The nerve he has to ejaculate platitudes about supporting the poor from the sun deck on his multimillion pound central London home is also rank hypocrisy.

    If he is such a republican why is it that he returned from living in America (more POSHness)? Perhaps his mouth got him into so much trouble there?

    Brand starts his monologue declaring he is “satirising” and states he cannot allow his like for the royals to stop him thinking “rationally”: Well there is no satire in his droning, and no rationality in his attempt at analysis. Mr.Russell has delusions of grandeur about his intellectual ability. Perhaps that is something to do with his years of self-imposed brain-damage due to addiction to recreational drugs.

    Russell brand should be taken no more seriously than a puppy taking a pee on a carpet. He is amazing proof that one needs no talent to attain Warhol’s 15 seconds of fame; that once a junky always a junky; and finally never trust a junky.

    If he was capable of remotely rational thought, he would be embarrassed enough to keep his mouth shut. He is funny though; now only at his own expense.

    It is laughable to attack the rich when he is sitting on millions and has done nothing to lift anyone out of poverty. To characterise Prince William’s service being conducted in “excruciatingly safe conditions” when he was a search and rescue pilot of a helicopter is ridiculous. Perhaps we can just call Russell simply “excruciating” and move on to a story about Miley Cyrus dancing
    topless; intellectually much more stimulating than Russell Brand.

  • Ahnon IMaus

    Brand is at his best when he is talking about “nut sacks”. When discussing anything requiring knowledge gained in secondary school or above he has no more insight than a well trained chimpanzee.

    It is funny how he bandies around the acronym POSH. POSH derives from Port Out Starboard Home tickets for the 19th century ship voyage to India (with cabins getting the sunset); the 19th Century equivalent of travelling first class. For a chap like Russell who is a millionaire and travels First Class this is a rather obvious piece of hypocrisy. He is the personification of POSH!

    The nerve he has to exude platitudes about supporting the poor from the sun deck on his multimillion pound central London home is also rank hypocrisy.

    If he is such a republican why is it that he returned from living in America (more POSHness)? Perhaps his mouth got him into so much trouble there?

    Brand starts his monologue declaring he is “satirising” and states he cannot allow his like for the royals to stop him thinking “rationally”: Well there is no satire in his droning, and no rationality in his attempt at analysis. Mr. Russell has delusions of grandeur about his intellectual ability. Perhaps that is something to do with his years of self-imposed brain-damage due to addiction to recreational drugs..

    Russell brand should be taken no more seriously than a puppy taking a pee on a carpet. He is amazing proof that one needs no talent to attain Warhol’s 15 seconds of fame; that once a junky always a junky; and finally never trust a junky.

    If he was capable of remotely rational thought, he would be embarrassed enough to keep his mouth shut. He is funny though; now only at his own expense.

    It is laughable to attack the rich when he is sitting on millions and has done nothing to lift anyone out of poverty. To characterise Prince William’s service being conducted in “excruciatingly safe conditions” when he was a search and rescue pilot of a helicopter is ridiculous. Perhaps we can just call Russell simply “excruciating” and move on to a story about Miley Cyrus dancing topless; intellectually much more stimulating than Russell Brand.

  • Diggery Whiggery

    “All this makes Random House’s claim in May that Hari was not writing Brand’s revolutionary manifesto, that will be published for profit, look a little shaky.”

    If he’s not I pity the poor sod who is.

    Can you imagine taking Brand’s teaming mass of random thoughts, half-truths, incoherent ramblings and snide ‘witticisms’ and turning them into a coherent written ‘manifesto’?

    Anyone fancy a small flutter on how many times the word ‘paradigm’ will be used in Brand’s magnum opus? I’m going for 47.

  • William_Brown

    Eeeeuuuuggghhh. He’s such a pseud.

  • RaymondDance

    Brand ‘bows to no-one in his admiration of Ernesto Che Guevara’, a serial killer whose bloodlust eventually horrified even Castro so much that he kicked him out of Cuba.

    Is there anything more pathetic than a stupid man who thinks he’s an intellectual?

    • UKSteve

      No, but there’s nothing like someone who hits the nail on the head in a Disqus forum!

  • alanmdouglas

    By the look of him, Brand suffers from mental anorexia. As does his polemic.

    • UKSteve

      I wish the Speccie wouldn’t celebrate these vapid nonentities that don’t even vote.

  • wardancer

    His followers are part of the socialist Borg, a sycophantic bunch of groupies melting at his every vomit. He does more good for Conservatism than he will ever know…keep em coming Russell.

  • Bob-B

    If he thinks IS is not as bad as Cameron, he should go and talk to them. With luck he would not come back.

  • The Laughing Cavalier

    Why do you continue giving this ignorant lout publicity?

  • paulmcloughlin

    It would be interesting to see some of you criticise Brand’s arguments in detail rather than provide ad hominem attacks

    • Ridcully

      Well as soon as Brand makes an argument…

  • chouenlai

    “I don’t think Brand has read much Orwell”, I should think he is reading “Dirty French call girls”, with the palm of his hand well calloused.

  • darwins beard

    I feel less intelligent for watching this drivel

  • Adam Hastie

    isn’t it interesting that every piece of negative news against brand has zero legitimate arguments about what he’s saying, and is for the most part personal attacks on small misrepresented ‘quotes’, well done, you people truly are an unenlightened bunch

    • Vuil

      So you agree with Russell do you?

      • Adam Hastie

        it’s not about who agrees with who, the issue here is, you cant have an argument if you aren’t offering a side of it, basically, talking smack about a person who is making a point rather than making a counter argument, is a logical fallacy, a tool used by the idiotic to appear intelligent, my point is, if you arent here to offer a logically formed counter argument, then why are you here ?

        • Sean L

          For the most part Russell Brand *asserts* rather than *argues*. In any event his words don’t win publicity through the force of any argument but in virtue of their author’s status as a pop culture celebrity. Otherwise, if you’re so fond of argument why don’t you put one yourself? Either your own or Russell’s.

    • GraveDave

      ‘Mr Brand’. Do you think Russel is the long lost brother of Ben Chaplin?

    • http://i-squared.blogspot.co.uk/ Katabasis

      On economics:
      “I want to make ‘profit’ a dirty word. Because if you’ve got profit, you must have a deficit.”

      On what grounds should such white hot, glow in the dark, stupidity even be graced with being taken seriously enough to argue with?

    • David S

      In what way misrepresented? Why the inverted commas around “quotes”? Either he said this stuff or he didn’t. You don’t really want us to explain that Isis beheads people, stones them, and lashes women for inappropriate dress, while Cameron doesn’t? Or teach you economics 101 because his drivel makes sense to you?

  • Dr. Heath

    “[Hari] claims in the biography of his new book that he ‘currently produces Russell Brand’s podcast and YouTube channel”.

    Phew! There I was, worried sick that Johann had fallen on hard times and been unable to employ his colossal talents in the service of mankind.

  • Hippograd

    The combined narcissism of Hari, Penny and Brand is almost enough to give Blair a run for his money.

  • http://i-squared.blogspot.co.uk/ Katabasis

    “I bow to no one in my adulation of Che Guevara”
    he says on his latest video vomit.

    • Blindsideflanker

      I understand Che Guevara ran Havana’s main jail , and took people along to spectate while he had political opponents shot.

      Che Guevara was also made Cuba’s Bank Governor, but made such a mess of it Castro had him moved.

      In fact Che Guevara was so utterly hopeless Castro had him go off and try to ferment rebellion in Africa, which was another failure of his, and eventually tracked down in Bolivia, with the help of the local people , where he was shot.

      Such people are heroes to Brand, enough said.

      • GraveDave

        You have to see Andy Garcia’s film on Cuba. Starring himself and Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray. Great stuff.

      • Dr. Heath

        Reading the letters Ernesto sent back home to his Mum can be most charming. Descriptions of the kangaroo courts, the passing of death sentences and the extermination a minute or two later of the condemned. Florid passages from Ernie to Mum about the joy of having brought a sort of Leninist Red Terror to the lucky people of Cuba. The joy, in other words, that all sociopaths are bound to feel when they’ve been given unlimited power and realise that, for many sociopaths and/or revolutionaries, the most wonderful thing to do with power is slaughter people. Any people you like.

        Some of these examples of revolutionary justice were even filmed. They probably would not meet with Russell’s completed approval as they involved rifles and not kitchen knives. The condemned, in one or two instances, were even able to shout out a few words of defiance before Ernie shouted ‘Fire’! Cheeky buggers.

  • http://i-squared.blogspot.co.uk/ Katabasis

    Russell Brand, and the fact that he is taken so seriously by so many of the new-left is one of the best things to have happened for those of us on the right.

    • Conrad Murray

      I am left. And I have to agree. What an embarrassment. Own Goal.

  • Trofim

    I’m afraid readers here underestimate how seriously RB is taken. I know at least one 30-year-old with a degree in classics, who counts herself politically as one of the Lennon generation. Likewise Brand.

    • Kaine

      And while Lennon read a book on Marx…

      • frank marker

        Oh yes Lennon was another one of those dilettante radicals spouting rubbish while being chauffeur driven around in a white Rolls Royce. Imagine that!

  • tjamesjones

    I mean, I’m no bigger fan of the Islamic State than the next man, but I suppose if they had Russell and Johann as hostages, well, I guess, that would be terrible?

    • mightymark

      Not as long a we continue our policy of not paying ransoms!

  • EllenO

    You are all being too hard on Mr Brand. He is inspiring.

    He shows that stupid or mentally defective people can still make their way in the world.

  • John Byde

    I always hesitate to use satanic language but Russell Brand has always struck me as someone who is truly possessed. There is definitely a touch of evil about him.

    • Erictheowl

      Nah – he’s really not that exciting – that’s probably grime, or mould you’re thinking of.

      What he could do with most is a good scrub-down with neat Lysol and a session with a nit comb, then he might just about be half presentable.

    • Donafugata

      Exactly, Charles Manson comes to mind.

  • ManOfKent

    Russell Brand? Thats a tropical disease of the skin and brain isn’t it?

  • Colonel Mustard

    Always tricky to decide who is more vile and to detest more. The vacuous, mad-eyed t o s s e r Brand or that other self-important, opinionated leftist windbag and ego-maniac the well known dowager, third rate actress and obscurely comic Duchess Eddy (L)Izzard, with aspirations to become the next London Mayoress.

    Why do such ghastly blabber-mouthed freaks always gravitate to the Left?

    • Kaine

      Well first I’d point out that Harvey Proctor and Neil Hamilton were Tories, and the later is now UKIP, and both fit your description, so ‘always’ is clearly untrue.

      Second, you seem confused about Mr Izzard. Dressing up in high heels and make-up doesn’t make you a woman, and he has never claimed to be one. Further, this sort of gender subversion goes back at least to Elizabethan theatre in Britain. It has a very long tradition.

      • Colonel Mustard

        Firstly I’d point out that the subject matter is Brand. Your whataboutery is irrelevant. Harvey Proctor and Neil Hamilton are leftist? Well, who’d a thunk it?

        Secondly, my description of Izzard has absolutely nothing to do with his transvestite tendencies. Nothing about him confuses me at all.

        Now go and find another comment to tag. Or, here’s an idea, write one of your own.

        • Kaine

          You said “ghastly blabber-mouthed freaks always gravitate to the left”, they don’t.

          You used terms that gendered Izzard as female, he isn’t.

          You also seem confused as to how a discussion forum works.

          Not your best moment darling. X

          • Colonel Mustard

            No, I asked the question “Why do such ghastly blabber-mouthed freaks always gravitate to the Left?”. I wouldn’t call Proctor and Hamilton blabber mouths or compare their self-promotion to the kind Brand and Izzard exhibit.

            “You used terms that gendered Izzard as female, he isn’t.”

            Oh dear. I wasn’t “gendering” Izzard but taking the p out of him. Is that verboten now?

            “You also seem confused as to how a discussion forum works.”

            No, I know how it works.

            Comments are just the expression of opinions, fleeting or otherwise, and do not aspire to “best moments”. Unless of course you come here in an attitude of combative competition, fired by a narrow ideology, fixating on certain commentators for reasons unknown but probably unhealthy and tagging their comments in order to demonstrate how clever you think you are.

            There are commentators here and then there are barracudas. In case you are unfamiliar with fish barracudas are voracious, opportunistic and competitive predators, sharp of teeth, relying on surprise and speed to attack their prey. They are not generally red though and the barracudas here have exchanged surprise for tediousness.

            • ButcombeMan

              The witless comments of Kaine do not seem to get much support Colonel.

              Check out his statistics.

    • johnfaganwilliams

      To be fair Izzard is very funny – and also clever. Obviously his politics are also laughable.

  • YahYah

    Who keeps two unopened packets of cashews in a bowl like that? I hope his revolution isn’t being sponsored by corporate interests.

  • JamesChambers123

    Few people annoy me as much as Brand (save for his mindless followers) he truly is “The moron’s moron”, “The idiot’s idiot”, “The blind-man in the kingdom of the one-eyed”. They say “even stopped clocks are right twice a day”, but Brand manages to (literally) get nothing right ever. After watching numerous interviews with him I am inevitably left wondering if he reads the news with the same regularity with which he votes (spoiler: never) or even if he occupies an even vaguely similar universe to the rest of us. Many of his “insights” on current events could easily have came from someone that’s just woke up from a 15 (150?) year coma; some top (pseudo) quotes from the undisputed “King of Vaporous Platitudes”:

    (On his “debunking” Fox News:) “Pffth Hamas don’t use human shields! Why would anyone do such a thing? It would be madness”
    (On his “radical” and “new” plans to right the worlds wrongs): “People need to try something radical and new, something that’s never been tried before, like taking from the most able and giving to the most needy”
    (On ISIS:) “Well they’re not as bad as David Cameron and the Tories.”

    One day I suspect Brands entire career will be summarized as “told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Absolutely nothing. Seriously.”

    • soysauce1

      Great Britain’s answer to Chance The Gardener…

      • The Laughing Cavalier

        … but nowhere near as profound.

    • johnny Longleg

      he said that about Hamas and ISIS?

      Unless he was being comedic, he’s clearly a cretinous imbecile.
      Yes I know it’s redundant, but that’s how cretinous and imbecilic those 2 statements are.

    • Otto von Bismarck

      Extremely well put! This is the same idiot who went to work dressed up as Osama Bin Laden, the day after 9/11!

      • Donafugata

        Brand has tried to be a comedian and an actor and is now posing as a revolutionary sage.

        He is nothing but a monstrous narcissist, this is the only thing he is any good at. His prononcements are too inane to have any credibllity with anyone with half a brain and if he appeals to the young and thick it is more likely because of his “look”.

        As with many non-entities, it is his rapport with the media that perpetuate his existence.

        • Mr Creosote

          I beg to differ. He is very good as the voice of (predictably) Dr Lothario in the “Despicable Me” cartoons.

        • Conrad Murray

          Great comment. This is exactly what he is.

    • frank marker

      ‘What is even more annoying, is the way this fool gets a near free ride
      in the press. Interviewers sit there like nodding dogs, fawning over
      every niave proclamation and brainless platitude’.JamesChambers123.

      It reminds me of the idiocies that Ali G came out with when he talked to politicians and media types. They all showed the same ingratiating manner as they currently do with this poor man’s Lord Bryon.

      • Ridcully

        In fairness to Ali G, he was taking the p***, whereas Brand actually means it!

        • Conrad Murray

          I was thinking the same. Ali G was actually pretty good, and intelligent.

  • Ali

    I have told you before to stop publicising this blasted tripe, we are not interested in it. I saw a picture of Owen Jones on Breitbart just now and must conclude you fancy a threesome with him and Russell since you appear to be obsessed with them. Don’t ever mention them again or we will start spreading rumours about you.

  • Kevin T

    Brand is simply an attention whore whose Hollywood career failed and is now playing at being a revolutionary. If his Arthur remake had made £100 million, he wouldn’t be here.

    Hari was proven to be plagiarising other people’s interviews but he should have been pursued further since it was obvious from many of his articles that he was simply making things up. Whatever point he wanted to make, there was a perfect untraceable source with a perfect quote to back up what he wanted to say. Some third world farmer asking tearfully why the West was selfishly causing global warming for example. He also once claimed, ludicrously, to have a habit of seducing male jihadis and Combat 18 types. This was when he was fat and bespectacled. I would have thought a fat gay bloke trying it on with tattooed Nazis and whooping Islamists would be in A&E a lot.

    • soysauce1

      Perhaps he was doing his seducing in A&E?!

  • Archibald Heatherington

    Don’t give him attention. Occasionally, a comedian (I use the term extremely loosely with reference to Brand) has a degree in, say, physics or Classics or whatever, and might be worth listening to. Brand doesn’t and isn’t, and his ‘political theories’ dribble out of his drug-addled mind like diarrhoea from a cracked chamber pot. Don’t waste your pages.

    • mum_of_tud

      Occasionally, a comedian has a degree in, say, physics or Classics or whatever, and might be worth listening to…..SERIOUSLY??

      The LEAST interesting thing, about the most interesting people, is what they had to regurgitate at University.

  • Will Honeycomb

    Johann Hari writing his own stuff under someone else’s name? You’ve got it the wrong way round, surely.

    I’m sure Brand is only getting help from “David Rose”.

  • artemis in france

    Hari has to barn a crust somehow now he’s been found out, I suppose. Anyway, anybody daft enough to access Brand’s drivel is already well on the way to being mentally subnormal so presumably won’t notice what nonsense it all is. And how, in God’s name, did Brand become so rich? I have nothing against people making an honest million or two, but Brand?

  • FrankS2

    If you’re running stories that mention Brand, do you really have to have a picture of him too. Please desist!

  • Blindsideflanker

    I have been doing some work out side and found that the flies this year seem to be a real bloody nuisance. Has anybody else found that?

    • Ali

      Yes, we never have mosquitoes in the garden but they are dreadful this month.

  • MC73

    Until disqus/the Speccie allows us to seed the page with c-bombs, there is little to say on stories like this.

    • picquet

      There’s a lot in what you say there…

    • Colonel Mustard

      Hee-hee

  • justejudexultionis

    Brand and Hari: almost as vile as Cameron and Osborne.

    • The_greyhound

      More or less vile than the pairing of the oleaginous frotteur salmond and the toxic sturgeon, one wonders.

      • HFC

        How well those words describe Salmond!

      • Kaine

        New word for the day.

  • Peter Stroud

    Brand and Hari: a vile partnership, they truly deserve each other.

  • Barakzai

    Brand: A true idiot. Hari: A lefty charlatan. Next.

    • In2minds

      Right on!

    • Wessex Man

      Owen Jones!

      • Barakzai

        Touche!

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