Former Sex Pistol John Lydon has launched a scathing attack on self-styled revolutionary Russell Brand, calling him a “bum-hole” who’ll make you homeless.
Multi-millionaire Brand has often expressed, in no uncertain terms, his contempt for the system which made him filthy rich and the rest of us, well, less well off.
Brand believes our only hope of defeating the rampant and unfair capitalism, which stalks our land like a pus-headed and disease-riddled ogre, is to take our democratic freedom to vote and stick it where the sun don’t shine.
Which, as far as the man who once sung about “Anarchy in the UK” is concerned, would lead to a revolution that would result in nothing but indolence and laziness.
Speaking to The Guardian, Lydon calls Brand a “bum-hole” and describes the perfumed comedian of being guilty of “the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard.”
“The likes of Russell Brand coming along and saying something so damm ignorant is absolutely spoon-feeding it to them.
“A hundred years ago who could vote here? To have that so easily, so flippantly ignored in that lazy-arsed way, in that ‘I take drugs and tell not very funny jokes’ way, it’s very poor. You have to vote, you have to make a change. You’re given lousy options, yes, but better than nothing at all.
“If you’re not voting, not contributing, you’re demanding to be ignored. Not very smart at all. You don’t get nothing because you’ve done nothing. Stand up and be counted, make your voice heard or else you’re just going to fade into insignificance”.
In a YouTube video response, Brand states that while he understands Lydon’s critique, he feels it was slightly misguided.
“John Lydon for me is a great cultural figure. I adore the Sex Pistols, I adore his music and I adore him, but it’s a common misconception that I told people not to vote.
“If there was a party worth voting for then I’d vote for them… and I would urge you to as well, but it’s difficult to create those kind of global political parties because of trade agreements preventing that kind of thing from happening on a national level, which is a complicated issue and I can see why John Lydon might have trouble fitting that into a tiny little interview particularly when he’s got to promote a show about bugs”.
Lydon went on to address Brand’s concerns, and reminded the prancing philanthropist of his not insignificant wealth at the same time.
“What Brand’s preaching is a lifestyle of cardboard boxes down by the river. And he’s preaching all this from a mansion.”