Russell Brand takes on Rupert Murdoch over mogul's own tax dealings after The Sun's 'hypocrite' front page

In his latest episode of The Trews, the comedian turns the "hypocrite" tag back on The Sun and the tax affairs of its proprietor

Jenn Selby
Thursday 04 December 2014 09:30
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Who needs an interview with a rival paper when you can get to the very root of the critical cause via your own satirical YouTube series?

Russell Brand utilised his increasingly popular The Trews to take on Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul behind The Sun and Fox News, after the tabloid ran a front page branding the comedian a “hypocrite” for paying his rent to a company that it alleged avoids taxes offshore.

The findings of Brand’s YouTube clip, however, seemed to pass the “hypocrite” taxation buck back in Murdoch’s direction.

“Rupert Murdoch must be really confident in the area of tax… they’ve got some serious resources and they’ve run this massive thing [front page splash] and what they’ve come up with is his [Brand's] landlord doesn’t pay tax,” he said.

He goes on to claim that Murdoch himself saved millions by using “totally legal tax loopholes”, much like those The Sun had attempted to pull his landlord up on.

“If they call me a hypocrite for something my landlords does, what can I call him for something he does himself?”

The striking Brand front page soon led to the trending of the term #TheSunLogic, as Twitter followers took to their timelines to out-hypocrite each other:

Brand has since threatened to sue the tabloid over the claims. However, there has been no word as of yet from the usually outspoken on social media Murdoch, who only had the following to add this morning:

A step away from his Twitter activity over the weekend, during which he sparked controversy for suggesting that most Egyptians were white.

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