Russell Brand – last seen being threatened with arrest outside of Fox News HQ in New York – has added to his own revolutionary fervour by confirming that he is indeed willing to die for his cause.
The comedian first set out his impassioned call for political reform in an online essay for the New Statesman, published in November 2013.
In it, he criticised the "existing Westminster framework" and declared that he had never voted because he was utterly disenchanted by modern politics and regarded modern politicians as "frauds and liars".
"Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me, but that’s not on the ballot," he wrote, before questioning, "Is utopian revolution possible?"
Asked by Time Out whether he felt his utopian ideal was worth giving up his life for, he told them: "There’s no point doing it if you’re not.
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."
"If they say, ‘We’ll kill you if you keep saying this,’ and then you go, ‘Oh, all right, I’ll do a podcast about ballbags,’ then don’t bother."
He added that revolutionaries didn’t need to die for the cause, but observantly pointed out that people are going to die at some point anyway, whether they are involved in reform or not.
"We’re all in the death seat," he continued. "We’re all waiting. It’s coming."
His most recent interview comes after Brand was criticised by Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, fashion’s original anarchist, for telling young people not to vote.
"You have to vote, you have to make a change," said Lydon. "You’re given lousy options, yes, but that's better than nothing at all."
He said that not voting was "damn ignorant", adding that the comedian was "preaching his views from his mansion" and would "make you all homeless".
"What I said was, 'There's nothing worth voting for.' That's why I don't vote," Brand countered during an episode of The Trews last week.
"If there was someone worth voting for, I'd vote for it and I'd encourage other people if they think that there is a political party that represents their views; if they think there are politicians that are speaking on their behalf, by all means vote for them."
"It’s a complicated issue," he continued, "and I can see why John Lydon might have trouble to get that in a tiny little interview space particularly when he’s got to promote a show about bugs."
Brand also joined Occupy Wall Street protestors last week, telling the crowd that he was "dedicated and devoted to change" and said that his own rise to fame and money had led him to see that capitalism was "not the answer".Reuse content