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(Gawker)   "Russell Brand may have started a revolution last night," wrote a Gawker writer with early-onset dementia   (gawker.com) divider line 93
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2013-10-25 06:07:28 PM
I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.
 
2013-10-25 06:10:41 PM
He is not funny and he is nasty and cruel.
 
2013-10-25 06:19:07 PM

scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.


I'm with you there. Someone has to have codified the law that annoying jackass + accent = "comedian"... I mean there's gotta be a name for it
 
2013-10-25 06:19:49 PM

BalugaJoe: He is not funny and he is nasty and cruel.


So what's his Fark handle?
 
2013-10-25 06:20:22 PM

NateAsbestos: scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.

I'm with you there. Someone has to have codified the law that annoying jackass + accent = "comedian"... I mean there's gotta be a name for it


Branding.
 
2013-10-25 06:20:24 PM
This has been plastered all over my Facebook feed for the last couple days. I have to say: I don't get it.


BalugaJoe: He is not funny and he is nasty and cruel.


Get over it, Katy.
 
2013-10-25 06:20:47 PM

scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.


Because he is unbelievably annoying.

And partly from natural envy because he was nailing Katy Perry for a while.
 
2013-10-25 06:20:59 PM
This just in: Gawker writer does not actually know what the word "revolution" means.
 
2013-10-25 06:21:39 PM
So nobody watched the vid? Not revolutionary but as good as his fox news rant
 
2013-10-25 06:28:40 PM
Well, you know, we all want to change the world.
 
2013-10-25 06:32:46 PM

fusillade762: This has been plastered all over my Facebook feed for the last couple days. I have to say: I don't get it.


Are the ones plastering it otherwise apathetic about politics and proudly proclaim to never vote?
 
2013-10-25 06:38:32 PM
"Oooh! There's been some bad corporate greed and stuff going down today, and no mistake, my liege, it's made Mr. Winky go right small it has. Oh yes it has, oh yeah. And my ballbag, my old ballbag, has only gone up my bum. Here's H with financial report"
 
2013-10-25 06:43:14 PM

scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.


I couldn't agree more. Like the other farker mentioned, it's been all over my feed as well so I just asked a friend to give me the gist of it. I wasn't going to sit through a clip of him.
 
2013-10-25 06:44:24 PM
"I don't vote."

See, this is the problem with the Left.  They see massive socio-political problems and respond by withdrawing from "the system."  Result:  Some Facebook status updates.

The Right sees massive socio-political problems and engages with "the system" to enact change.  Result: The shutdown the the most power government on Earth.
 
2013-10-25 06:45:06 PM

meat0918: fusillade762: This has been plastered all over my Facebook feed for the last couple days. I have to say: I don't get it.

Are the ones plastering it otherwise apathetic about politics and proudly proclaim to never vote?


Not really. It's been a relatively wide range of people. Some highly political, others not so much.
 
2013-10-25 06:46:57 PM
John Lennon gets four in the back from a .38 special, and this guy gets to nail Katy Perry? Yeah. Life's fair.
 
2013-10-25 06:48:27 PM

Xythero: "I don't vote."

See, this is the problem with the Left.  They see massive socio-political problems and respond by withdrawing from "the system."  Result:  Some Facebook status updates.

The Right sees massive socio-political problems and engages with "the system" to enact change.  Result: The shutdown the the most power government on Earth.



Holy sweeping generalizations, Batman!
 
2013-10-25 06:49:37 PM
He should start a punk rock band
 
2013-10-25 06:50:47 PM

Xythero: Result: The shutdown the the most power government on Earth.


strokeassociation.org
 
2013-10-25 06:55:59 PM
He was very nasty to Andrew Sachs.
 
2013-10-25 07:04:21 PM
Brand or Gervais have never made me laugh.
 
2013-10-25 07:05:13 PM

BalugaJoe: He was very nasty to Andrew Sachs.


Not to mention, his granddaughter.

That particular stunt was so ugly and cruel and bullying that I've never been able to see Russell Brand as anything other than a shiatty person.
 
2013-10-25 07:05:19 PM

Xythero: The Right sees massive socio-political problems and engages with "the system" to enact change.  Result: The shutdown the the most power government on Earth.


What change did that enact?
 
2013-10-25 07:08:36 PM
I find Brand intelligent not only in the quickness of his wit but the depth of his thought.  I really don't get the hate he attracts.  While I don't agree with everything he says, I agree with a lot of it.  I agree with what he says about not voting and I don't agree with the philosophy that if you don't vote you can't complain.  Nonsense, of course you can.  Apply that philosophy to any other opinion about any other subject and you realize how weak it is (perhaps with the exception of criticism of literature or film where a person is saying that something should be banned without having seen it).
 
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2013-10-25 07:11:08 PM

Genevieve Marie: BalugaJoe: He was very nasty to Andrew Sachs.

Not to mention, his granddaughter.

That particular stunt was so ugly and cruel and bullying that I've never been able to see Russell Brand as anything other than a shiatty person.


This. My personal impression, not actually knowing Brand and Ross personally, is that Brand just didn't think what he was doing was wrong. Ross is actually far more professional, despite his 'act', and should have known better.

But if he really thinks he can build a better world by smashing the system, well maybe he hasn't read, or understood, Animal Farm.

For people like him actually doing something and making a change now, with the system we have, is simply beyond him. Far easier to foll yourself, and others, that the system is the problem and that should be scrapped before you can do anything.

People like him are the very problem with 'the system'. It is because they don't get involved that allows those who do to make decisions and laws that make things worse.

He isn't the solution. He's the problem.
 
2013-10-25 07:12:32 PM
As my now deceased sister used to call me out:  "If you don't vote, don't biatch."
 
2013-10-25 07:13:44 PM

doyner: NateAsbestos: scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.

I'm with you there. Someone has to have codified the law that annoying jackass + accent = "comedian"... I mean there's gotta be a name for it

Branding.


...nice.
 
2013-10-25 07:14:26 PM

NateAsbestos: scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.

I'm with you there. Someone has to have codified the law that annoying jackass + accent = "comedian"... I mean there's gotta be a name for it


A British accent gives you 10 bonus IQ points in the minds of Americans.
 
2013-10-25 07:14:33 PM

NateAsbestos: scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.

I'm with you there. Someone has to have codified the law that annoying jackass + accent = "comedian"... I mean there's gotta be a name for it


FTFY.

/lest we forget Dane Cook, Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler, and a whole lot of other "comedians".
//I liked Brand in Get Him To The Greek, though
 
2013-10-25 07:22:04 PM
Who?
 
2013-10-25 07:27:09 PM
Flint Ironstag:
For people like him actually doing something and making a change now, with the system we have, is simply beyond him. Far easier to foll yourself, and others, that the system is the problem and that should be scrapped before you can do anything.

People like him are the very problem with 'the system'. It is because they don't get involved that allows those who do to make decisions and laws that make things worse.

He isn't the solution. He's the problem.


Agree 100%.  It's also a convenient excuse to not actually do anything at all.  Except complain.  Yeah, that helps, you "revolutionary" you.
 
2013-10-25 07:31:14 PM

uncleacid: Gervais have never made me laugh.


Gasp!
 
2013-10-25 07:36:45 PM
I just don't understand the concept of "I don't vote." How do you know you're not going to vote in any particular election? Even if you can't find an acceptable candidate in any party, you can still write in someone else.
 
2013-10-25 07:37:13 PM

Embden.Meyerhof: Xythero: "I don't vote."

See, this is the problem with the Left.  They see massive socio-political problems and respond by withdrawing from "the system."  Result:  Some Facebook status updates.

The Right sees massive socio-political problems and engages with "the system" to enact change.  Result: The shutdown the the most power government on Earth.


Holy sweeping generalizations, Batman!


See, this is the problem with superhero sidekicks. They see massive internet injustices and respond by crying for their "partner". Result: A preachy monologue by a grown man in tights.

The villain sees massive internet injustices and engages with "the internet" to enact change. Result: Permanent face contortion by toxic laughing gas.
 
2013-10-25 07:38:20 PM
I think he made some great points.  It was entertaining to watch, and he's really great with how he talks.  A little too add for me, but I do love his use of vocabulary.
 
2013-10-25 07:41:19 PM

Anne.Uumellmahaye: I just don't understand the concept of "I don't vote."


Apathy as a social driver is one of the main tools that a minority can use as a vote multiplier; if society in general stops caring and voting then motivating a minority of people can provide you with significant leverage.

And from an individual's perspective in a FPTP system, not voting is less harmful to your interests than voting for a third party that has no chance of winning.
 
2013-10-25 07:54:09 PM
Russel Brand is going to be found dead in a closet, hung during erotic play with himself.
 
2013-10-25 08:10:30 PM
He has such a kickable face . . .
 
2013-10-25 08:12:07 PM

uncleacid: Gervais have never made me laugh.


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2013-10-25 08:26:08 PM
I'm not a fan of Brand, generally, but I really enjoyed him in The Tempest. He delivered the language really well.
 
2013-10-25 08:27:30 PM
I'm sure Russell will be happy to again share his views on corporate greed and power the next time he has a movie coming out from Sony or Universal.
 
2013-10-25 08:30:40 PM

Anne.Uumellmahaye: I just don't understand the concept of "I don't vote." How do you know you're not going to vote in any particular election? Even if you can't find an acceptable candidate in any party, you can still write in someone else.


Let's take my district as an example.

Thanks to gerrymandering, the actual election is a sham. Whatever candidate the A party puts up for election, even if they eat a baby on national TV, will win. B party still has candidates, but they never get anywhere in the real election.

So, the real election for the House in my district occurs during the primary. But if A party doesn't appeal to me at all, then there are no acceptable candidates for me to vote for in the primary. Even if you could write in a candidate for the primary, A party does not represent my values, so there's no one to even write in during the primary.

It's even worse if I actually liked party B. I could vote in B party's primary and for B party during the actual election, but that's a waste of my damn vote. Instead, I should cross party lines and try to vote for the most moderate A party candidate in the primary so that at least my vote was meaningful. But notice what I just did. I don't actually vote for a candidate that represents my interests because the system is set up to make that irrelevant.

If I don't like party A or party B, then I'm really screwed because gerrymandering works both ways in my state. Sure, party A creates safe seats like my district, but it also allows party B to create safe districts, too. I can try to pick out the best candidates and write them in, but since the districts are "safe," the vast majority of votes go straight ticket because that is the most effective form of voting in the general election. The two party system screws me. And don't tell me to move, because the other districts are safe, too.

What about presidential elections? I live in a winner take all state. So, writing in a candidate does nothing. Believe me, I've done it before because I honestly thought it might make a difference. I didn't. But what about party A and party B? Well, my state as a whole always goes for party A. So, if I actually like party A, there's no reason to go to the polls. If party A wins the state by just one damn vote, every electoral college vote goes to party A. I can afford to be lazy. If I prefer party B, there's no reason to go to the polls because my vote is rendered useless if party A wins by just one damn vote. It's like I didn't even vote. Since my state is a safe bet for party A, there's really no incentive to go to the polls.

What about the Senate? It's almost worth voting in Senate races, since gerrymandering and the electoral college don't apply. But, if I'm not a registered member of party A or party B, I might as well twiddle my thumbs on election day, because my only options are party A or party B.

See, that's what so many people just don't get. They see voting as a way to exercise choice in politics. But in the US, it only works if your choice just happens to align with a very specific range of possibilities. At least in a parliamentary system, I could vote for a party that represented my interests (no matter how stupid my political views are) and hope that I would get some representation in the legislative branch that reflects my wishes. Hell, even if I just vote for some stupid minor party, they might form a coalition with another party and get into power. And if not, I can at least feel like I had a minutest of impact on the electoral process. In the US, I have zero impact unless I vote against my own interests by supporting party A or party B.

If you are a gamer, I'll give you a video game analogy. It's like playing a game that advertises itself as an open-ended sandbox CRPG. It says that you can choose 100 or more character builds and have an impact on the world around you. But, as you play the game, you realize that there are only two effective builds in the entire game. If you don't pick one of them, you never level up, you never defeat enemies, and you never save any NPCs or change the world around you. In fact, in multiplayer, the people who utilize the two viable builds dominate everything. The catch is that if you choose either build, you have to join the guild associated with that character class and follow its rules. You might be able to exercise power within the guild, but we're already done with any illusions of open-ended gameplay. And if you don't like one of the guilds, you can transfer to the other one, but what do you do if neither guild appeals to you AND there are no other viable builds to affect the world around you?

The answer is simple: you wouldn't keep playing the game. For me, and I suspect a lot of other Americans, we have been conditioned for years with a "game" like this. And we're not in the mood to play anymore, with the added bonus that party A and party B continue to perpetuate the game because the system benefits them.

As a final little tidbit, consider the Tea Party and its impact on politics. In a more representative system, there would actually be a separate party called the Tea Party. They would have their own party platform, their own primaries, and their own party machinery. But, they are just part of the Republican Party here in the US (and don't give me that "Tea Party has Democrats too" nonsense unless you can show me a Tea Party Democrat in state or Federal office). And you know what? That's the smart move for people who like the Tea Party because that's how the game is played in the US.

Frankly, anytime someone mocks me for not voting, I want to tell them that they are part of the problem because they blindly support a system that is designed to make votes not count. But to be perfectly honest, if you live in a district or state with real choices, by all means vote. Just don't pretend everyone has the same choices you do, because we don't.
 
2013-10-25 08:33:49 PM
This was also all over my FB feed. Blah blah blah revolution whatever. It's farking Russell Brand.
 
2013-10-25 08:41:52 PM
Please watch this very interesting (and entertaining) interview while ignoring the usual Gawker hyperbole.
 
2013-10-25 08:53:36 PM

scottydoesntknow: I don't know why, I just find him to be unbelievably annoying.



Agreed. On a scale of 1 to Dane Cook, I'd say he earns an eight.
 
2013-10-25 08:57:22 PM

Paelian: Anne.Uumellmahaye: I just don't understand the concept of "I don't vote." How do you know you're not going to vote in any particular election? Even if you can't find an acceptable candidate in any party, you can still write in someone else.

Let's take my district as an example.

Thanks to gerrymandering, the actual election is a sham. Whatever candidate the A party puts up for election, even if they eat a baby on national TV, will win. B party still has candidates, but they never get anywhere in the real election.

So, the real election for the House in my district occurs during the primary. But if A party doesn't appeal to me at all, then there are no acceptable candidates for me to vote for in the primary. Even if you could write in a candidate for the primary, A party does not represent my values, so there's no one to even write in during the primary.

It's even worse if I actually liked party B. I could vote in B party's primary and for B party during the actual election, but that's a waste of my damn vote. Instead, I should cross party lines and try to vote for the most moderate A party candidate in the primary so that at least my vote was meaningful. But notice what I just did. I don't actually vote for a candidate that represents my interests because the system is set up to make that irrelevant.

If I don't like party A or party B, then I'm really screwed because gerrymandering works both ways in my state. Sure, party A creates safe seats like my district, but it also allows party B to create safe districts, too. I can try to pick out the best candidates and write them in, but since the districts are "safe," the vast majority of votes go straight ticket because that is the most effective form of voting in the general election. The two party system screws me. And don't tell me to move, because the other districts are safe, too.

What about presidential elections? I live in a winner take all state. So, writing in a candidate does nothing. Believe me, I've done ...


Thing is, Brand is British. And independent candidates can and do stand and win in the UK. Martin Bell took a seat from the Conservatives in 1997. Dr Richard Taylor won a seat in Parliament on NHS issues. And quite a few TV presenters and stars have become MPs within established parties. Brand is a movie star and could easily get huge amounts of press. And it only costs £500 to stand. If he really wanted to actually do something he could stand and see if the voters agreed with him.
But he won't. Far easier to blame the system and keep bleating on about "If only we had a new system I could do so much..." than try and expose yourself as a failure.
 
2013-10-25 09:14:10 PM
I can say words too:

words words words

I can say them in a British accent too:

wourdes wourdes wourdes
 
2013-10-25 09:20:25 PM

Modified Cornstarch: I can say words too:

words words words

I can say them in a British accent too:

wourdes wourdes wourdes


Okay, I LOLed.

Or should I say, I LOULED.
 
2013-10-25 09:21:45 PM
"Russell Brand" is the most annoying Johnny Depp character yet.
 
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