No one can say that Russell Brand is afraid to speak his mind. During an interview about the release of his new book “Revolution,” Brand wouldn’t rule out the possibility that President George W. Bush’s administration was behind the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Russell Brand has reinvented himself as a political activist and talks about the state of the world and current events. The interview in question appeared on the BBC2’s news show Newsnight Thursday evening. When questioned by host Evan Davis, The Guardian reports that Brand said he found the relationship between the Bush and Bin Laden families “interesting.”
Brand went further and said Americans shouldn’t dismiss the possibility that their government could have known about the attacks beforehand.
“I think it is interesting at this time when we have so little trust in our political figures, where ordinary people have so little trust in their media, we have to remain open-minded to any kind of possibility.”
Brand’s statements have ruffled some feathers, especially in New York where the attacks were centered. Most New Yorkers who reacted to Brand’s statements believed that the comedian was just trying to create “buzz” for his book.
This isn’t the first time Russell Brand has been in the news about his 9/11 views. The day after the NY attacks, he went to work at MTV dressed as Osama Bin Laden and ended up losing his job with the network. In his autobiography, Brand showed no remorse for the stunt, seeming to think it was a great bit. The Daily Mail said Brand quoted himself as thinking, “It don’t get any better than this,” about dressing up as Bin Laden.
As reported by the Inquisitr, Brand has said Americans are being ruled by a tyrannical government. Brand also said that people shouldn’t vote unless a new party came along that actually represented the best interests of common people.
Brand has openly criticized the Royal Family, especially the Queen, saying they should work for a living. In his new book, Brand wrote that of the Queen, “it’s quite tempting to kill her but my new karma won’t allow me to…” However, this part of the book has been overlooked by much of the British media for safer quotes like the one published in The Telegraph in which Brand called the Queen “A little old lady in a shiny hat – that we paid for.”
Although Russell Brand may sell a few books based on his popularity as a comedic actor, it is doubtful that many people will take his political thoughts and ideas of a “spiritual revolution” seriously. After all, he is an actor, and people may think the book is a work of satire and not reflections of Brand’s actual opinions about world affairs.
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