Actor Russell Brand used to just be the guy that played the handsome, not particularly bright, funny guy in comedies and romantic comedies. A funny actor, but not necessarily someone you’d turn to for political advice.
Well, in recent years he has reinvented himself, turning into a political philosopher and podcaster that doesn’t toe the line of right or left and actually has some insightful opinions and comments about what’s going on and wrong with modernity. Brand has become particularly notable for his savage attacks on certain aspects of the pandemic response, calling out what he sees as tyranny.
Recently, Brand appeared on the Rubin Report to discuss “misinformation” and tear into the woke fact-checkers for their double standards when it comes to dealing with mainstream sources and independent sources like him.
Specifically, Brand said, during his conversation with Rubin:
“We have been officially censored by YouTube. They took down one of our videos for misinformation, but why are big media organizations not censored for misinformation in the same way? Is it because YouTube is part of the mainstream media now?
“I’m interested in total, transparent communication, empowerment of the audience, symbiotic two-way conversation, and attacking the elite establishment, whether it’s corporate or state, so that ordinary people can communicate freely, beyond a limited remit of the mainstream media.
“I don’t believe these institutionalized systems, at the level of the financial, governmental, or media world, are ever going to serve ordinary people. I believe we’re at a point of crisis and things need to radically change fast. We’re being penalized, and for me, that looks like censorship. And the reason I think it looks like censorship is because there’s mainstream media misinformation up all the time!”
Watch Brand and Rubin discuss the matter here:
As you can see in the video, Brand, after the rant transcribed above, played a clip of Rachel Maddow discussing the jab’s efficacy that has since been proven somewhat inaccurate. Specifically, in the video, Maddow says “Now we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person.”
Yet, Maddow’s video is still up on YouTube without any censorship or misinformation warnings, as you can see here:
Describing and decrying the discrepancy between how he was treated and how Maddow’s video has been treated, Brand then said:
“So we’re asking: Is there one standard for independent news broadcasters like us on our channel and a different standard for what we would call the mainstream media?
“Why are independent channels being attacked, censored and brought down while mainstream media channels are being pushed, highlighted and celebrated?”
Brand has, since the “censorship” incident occurred, decided to leave YouTube and move to Rumble, which many on the right characterize as being the free speech alternative to YouTube. He announced that the move to Rumble had been made so that he could speak “more freely,” so now we have an uncensored Russell Brand to look forward to listening to!
By: Gen Z Conservative
Featured image credit: screengrab from the embedded YouTube video