In the past week, two of Britain’s most influential newspapers have launched attacks on comedian and YouTube personality Russell Brand. The condemnations caught the attention of billionaire Elon Musk and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson – who both defended Brand from the critical articles.
The Independent published an article this week titled: “How did Russell Brand go from stand-up stardom to peddling YouTube conspiracy theories?”
The piece labeled Brand as “Joe Rogan’s British counterpart.” The article recalled how Brand was once married to Katy Perry and starred in the “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” movie.
“I know! I’m disappointed too. But such is the age we live in: One minute, a comedian is going about his life, building his career, and the next, he’s peddling conspiracy theories on YouTube and quoting Glenn Greenwald’s newsletter at length,” wrote Louis Chilton, who covers video games and culture for the outlet. “No, I don’t like it. Yes, I’m exhausted.”
Chilton claimed that Brand “has leaned hard into a brand of pseudo-skepticism we’ve come to expect from the Joe Rogans of the world.”
The article dismissed Brand – who has more than 5.2 million subscribers on YouTube (The Independent has 338,000 subscribers) as a “Twitter reply guy.”
The writer asserted that Brand’s videos “use the language of conspiracies” and utilize his platform to “share shaky conspiracy theories.”
“In Brand’s world, there should be room for ‘alternative opinions’ such as Rogan’s. Maybe the ‘mainstream media’ are just jealous that Rogan is so successful, Brand suggested,” the article noted, and then admitted, “Maybe we’re jealous because Rogan’s viewers trust him.”
The Telegraph published a piece titled: “How Russell Brand became the ‘Mad Hatter of conspiracy theories.”
“In the age of online conspiracies, which have flourished since the onset of COVID, Brand’s alarmist video headlines have found support among the frustrated and locked-down,” the article purported. “Now, with global restrictions lifting, Ukraine has become the natural next area for scrutiny.”
Both articles don’t specify what conspiracy theories Brand has disseminated.
After reading The Independent article, Tesla CEO Elon Musk did his own research into whether or not Brand was peddling conspiracy theories by actually watching his videos and deciding for himself.
“With so many mainstream media companies saying @rustyrockets [Russell Brand] is crazy/dangerous, I watched some of his videos,” Musk wrote on Twitter in a reply to The Independent. “Ironically, he seemed more balanced & insightful than those condemning him! The groupthink among major media companies is more troubling. There should be more dissent.”
Jordan Peterson also defended Brand by saying, “An appalling union of large corporations, media agencies and government. What did Mussolini call that again?”
Peterson is likely referencing this quote: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” This quote is commonly attributed to Benito Mussolini, but there doesn’t seem to be any proof that the Italian fascist leader ever said it.
This is an excerpt from TheBlaze.
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