The Russell Brand versus The Sun saga reached all new levels of lunacy today, after the tabloid once more splashed the word ‘hypocrite’ across its front page, this time next a picture of the comedian’s face and statistics from a YouGov poll.
A survey conducted with 574 members of the adult public on 4 December, it claimed, “proved” that “68% say he's a hypocrite” and “64% say he's not funny”.
The article went on to reference The Sun's lead story on Brand earlier this week, which alleged he had been paying a substantial sum of rent for a luxury loft apartment in Hoxton to a company, who it claimed avoided tax by being based in the British Virgin Islands.
Brand, the article goes on to allege, has been “repeatedly” vocal about the importance of the government cracking down on tax-avoiding firms in the past.
It cites an extract from his new book Revolution, which reads: “If they don’t pay tax, we’ll reclaim their assets and give them to the people that work there.”
Brand countered the claims in an episode of his YouTube series The Trews this week, in which is said he was unaware of the tax affairs of his landlord, because he pays his rent to an estate agent, not to the company in question directly.
He also criticised The Sun owner Rupert Murdoch over his tax dealings.
The new piece also went on to cite a number of things the publication believes evidences their claim that Brand is a “hypocrite” – and the apparent “findings” of the survey.
Things like “Brand recently railed against Page 3 ̶ despite once writing for The Sun and accepting a Shagger of the Year award from us”, for example.
It also included a quote from Economics Professor Lawrence Saez, of London’s SOAS University, who randomly gave the following opinion on Brand: “B-list UK celebrity, A-list world-class hypocrite.”
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
1/19 On puberty:
“By puberty I learned that nothing worth having could be easily attained and to succeed one must be single minded."
2/19 On changing the world:
“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I'm dead, and then more afterwards.”
3/19 On being strong:
"Strength does not have to be belligerent and loud."
4/19 On grammar:
“I couldn't possibly have sex with someone with such a slender grasp on grammar!”
5/19 On manners in England:
"In England we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved."
6/19 On junkie v vegetarian:
“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.”
7/19 On the future:
“People don't realize that the future is just now, but later.”
8/19 On sex addiction:
“Boggle with sex addicts is up there with go-kart racing with junkies.”
9/19 On life:
“My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
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10/19 On happiness:
"If you want to be happy stop being so self-obsessed and start considering other people."
11/19 On drug addiction:
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
12/19 On sitcoms:
"I do have a regard for the musicality of language that came from BBC sitcoms like Fawlty Towers."
13/19 On life motivation:
"That's what keeps me alive, perversion and star quality.”
14/19 On love:
“When you fall in love you recognise you're not the most important person in the world, and your focus becomes another person.”
15/19 On threesomes:
“I like threesomes with two women, not because I'm a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I'm a romantic. I'm looking for "The One." And I'll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”
16/19 On Conservatives:
"Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our designer and self-interest."
17/19 On surfing:
“Surfing should be called "foam-choking" or "sea stabbing.”
18/19 On Demi Moore:
"I've not made love to her yet, but it's a matter of time."
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19/19 On success:
"When I was growing up, I thought I'd be a lot happier if I was famous and successful and if I had money."
Naturally, the social campaigner was less than impressed with The Sun’s latest headline, and tweeted: "where d'ya get this stat? Liverpool? Hacking into dead children's phones?"
The Sun are yet to respond to request for comment on Brand's assertions.
He had threatened to take legal action against tabloid earlier this week.Reuse content