Originally posted by Robert Reynolds
What's all the fuss about? He didn't wipe the floor with anybody, or expose anything.
And calling him a genius? Perhaps a little over the top.
Let me try to clarify the full context of the video as some people may have missed how rude they were being to him. They were living in their own
psychotic news bubble with a preconceived idea that Russel was not to be taken seriously, and Russell came and burst it.
0:00-0:05 "Ok joining us now he's a really big deal" "he is?" "I know, I am told this, I'm not very pop cultured"
Implication: Demeaning the very guest they have invited on the show in the first five seconds by implying they have never heard of him.
0:20-0:28 "he already told Brian that he might want to disrobe, I'm just saying" "I just thought I could loosen up show a little chest
hair" "no I only think russel can do that"
Implication: Brand is vein and is just trying to show people his body by dressing like a camp man
: Plays the host and the man a compliment about their appearance
"the boots are fabulous put them on the table" "oo it's kinky boot time" "yeah put your feet up relax"
Implication: You are being rude by putting your feet on our prestigious news desk
: I would not want to do that, I would not want to disrespect your program, but you are a fellow English woman so I felt
: You just disrespected the table
: It's like jenga, its like your desk is a puzzle (humorous riposte to a serious accusation)
: Asks if he has a messiah complex, then says he will end up in therapy.
Says he can not understand him.
: Calls him by the derogatory name 'Willy brand' when he is present, and does not even admit she is referencing him.
: I'm going to ask a serious question. "It's never going to work"
: Answers the question comcpletely seriously, putting the anchors on the back foot.
Not exactly the warmest welcome, is it? Yet Brand remains completely polite throughout.
Brand almost immediately put host Mika Brzezinski on the back foot by describing his tour as an exploration of how Malcolm X, Gandhi, Che Guevara and
Jesus Christ "are significant culturally and how icons are appropriated and used to designate consciousness and meaning....they're all people that
died for a cause, they're all people whose icons are used to designate meaning, perhaps not in the manner in which they intended."
Brand then poked fun at MSNBC's army of "actors" in the back of the shot who were supposedly tweeting, noting that they were merely a gimmick to
create the impression that the program was a hotbed of news.
The anchors began to get visibly uncomfortable when Brand made the point that mass media was an operation in changing information "so it suits a
particular agenda" and that viewers were being manipulated.
Instead of addressing Brand's point, the anchors instead obsessed about the comedian's accent and his clothing.
"You're talking about me as if I'm not here and as if I'm an extraterrestrial," responded Brand, "thank you for your casual objectification."
"I'm a little nervous," retorted Brzezinski, presumably not used to entertaining guests on her program who act like real people.
When the conversation began to break down, Brand asked , "Is this what you all do for a living?" before hijacking the broadcast to talk about Edward
Snowden, the NSA spying scandal and Bradley Manning.
"Look beyond the superficial, that's the problem with current affairs, you forget about what's important, you allow the agenda to be decided by
superficial information -- what am I saying -- what am I talking about -- don't think about what I'm wearing, these things are redundant, superficial
-- don't be distracted," said Brand as Brzezinski physically cowered.
Brand is a close friend of David Icke and was the only celebrity of note to draw attention to the Bilderberg Group with a recent tweet, is known for
broaching topics of conversation which firmly go against the establishment grain. He also follows Alex Jones on Twitter.
His Brand X show routinely features guests from the counter-culture as well as those with controversial political views.
edit on 24-6-2013 by
ZeuZZ because: (no reason given)