Today, has been a mildly interesting day. I went to work. Laughed. Looked at photos of the Met Gala (Beyonce is a queen), I got a little disappointed at the Royal’s naming the baby Charlotte (Personally, I wanted it to be something out there… like Beyonce). There was an Earthquake near Paupa New Guina, thankfully no one seems to be hurt. I also lit a very nice smelling candle which I got last year at a Breast Cancer fundraiser (http://www.breastcancercure.org.nz/cure-shop if anyone would like to buy one, they smell amazing and the funds go to a good cause). Although the topic I have talked about most today is Russell Brand.
I adore Russell Brand. His type of Comedy is my favorite! He is absolutely hysterical. I think his movies are great. I also think he is a very sexy man. But above all things, I love Russell’s is passion for activism. Russell has proven his devotion for creating a change even if some may not like his eccentric ways, Russell has done some great thing. He has tried to help raise awareness to drug addiction being a mental illness. He has joined protests to help create change. Russell is also the host and creator of The Trews (True News, it is on Youtube and I think is very informative).
One subject he is well known for is for him wanting to create a Revolution. Russell, like a lot of us, is sick of the way things are.
The Rich are being greedy mother fuckers and, with the assistance of the Government, are getting richer by avoiding tax, creating policies that only benefit the selected few, mean while normal folk are getting poorer and more people suffering. Russell Brand has done an AMAZING job at talking about this and bringing information to light. I highly recommend you watching The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Russell has been very outspoken for is his stance against voting. COUNTLESS times he has said people shouldn’t vote. He once said
I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites. Billy Connolly said: “Don’t vote, it encourages them,” and, “The desire to be a politician should bar you for life from ever being one”… I don’t vote because to me it seems like a tacit act of compliance
So today it has come as a big surprise to his Trews viewers, fans, haters etc that he has now urged people to vote for Labour.
At first, although I was a little shocked I didn’t think much of it. It may be because I am not from England so the vote actually has nothing to do with me; or that, although I agree the Government is corrupt and it needs changing, I believe in voting. Then I proceeded to read the comments of his YouTube video. 60% of the comments are people angry at Russell for promoting voting, some stating he was a “sell out”, others speculating this was is agenda and all these videos had been a ploy to sell his books, movie etc (Why would anyone go through all the effort, not even he is that crazy!). 30% of the comments were just regular haters hating on Russell (They obviously have no lives). The other 10% agreed with Russell’s new views. The media then got into it calling Russell Brand a hypocrite. So it got me questioning Is Russell Brand really a hypocrite?
I decided to message a friend who also loves Russell brand. She said very wisely “Are people not allowed to change their minds?”
Well, when I was growing up I loved Coke (The drink not the drug). Yes, I heard it was bad but I was ADDICTED. In my teenager years I was drinking 1 litre a day. I thought it was true love. Then when I was 19 I read some pretty horrible articles about how horrible coke was for you and I decided to take a break of Coke. I thought it would be a couple of days before we were reunited but I felt so much better switching from Coke to water that I never went back to drinking it, infact I cannot stand Coke. I changed my opinion on the drink. This does not make me a hypocrite. No one has called me out for it. No media outlet has dedicated articles about my choice not to drink coke.
As Russell explained in his video he has learnt a lot of politics recently. In 2013 he could not see a way that voting for a Government could help since they never listened to other 99% since they were controlled by the 1%. But now, Russell has had more information, met the leader of one of the parties and developed some hope that maybe voting in Labour could help bring change into the future. He is making an informed decision to vote for the party. He isn’t selling out or hurting anyone. He is a man using his voice to bring change to make the place better EVEN if it takes him down a pathway he didn’t plan on ever going down. I admire him for opening his mind and listening to other points of view. This does not Russell Brand a hypocrite.
Everyone has a right to an opinion and a right to change it. Even on small matters like drinking Coke.