Across the pond, comedian Russell Brand’s call for a political and social revoltuion has gone viral on YouTube after his appearance on British news program Newsnight a couple of weeks ago. In the interview, which has well over 9 million views on YouTube, called for a change in the United Kingdom’s current political system. Interviewer Jeremy Paxon called Brand out for political apathy because he does not vote, to which Brand responded that he found it pointless and “tacit complicity” to vote for political parties that “[underserve a] “dinenfranchised, disillusioned, despondent underclass.”
In an editorial written for The New Statesman in the UK, the comic claimed that he does not vote because “the only reason to vote is if the vote represents power or change. I don’t think it does. I fervently believe that we deserve more from our democratic system than the few derisory tit-bits tossed from the carousel of the might, when they hop a few inches left or right.”
The actor’s call for revolution was reinforced last night when he attended the Million Mask March in London’s Whitehall and Trafalgar Square. Massive amounts of protestors gathered to march against corruption and increased state surveillance. Brand was spotted amongs the protestors when he took off his mask at one point in the evening and tweeted,
Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party. #MillionMaskMarch
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) November 5, 2013
Brand is very well-read and is certainly not in this fight for the attention. On Newsnight he shared that he came up in the areas currently being ignored by the present political regime and that the current democratic system does not work with the options being presented at the voting booths. He does not yet have an exact solution— he quipped, “Don’t ask me to sit here in an interview with you in a bloody hotel room and devise a global utopian system!” But he does know that it needs to start with a massive reform. “I’m most certainly calling for a revolution, yes!” It seems that Middle Eastern countries are not the only ones that can overthrow an obsolete government, though the UK’s revolt might have someone funnier at the helm of theirs.
Check out Brand being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman below: