Russell Brand Calls For Revolution On Newsnight
Comic takes on Jeremy Paxman and rails against government and the rich...
Russell Brand has crossed swords with Newsnight's legendarily stern interviewer Jeremy Paxman during an appearance on the BBC current affairs show.
And the comedian and actor used the opportunity to call for a revolution to create a more equal society - and told Paxo he is convinced it will happen.
Calling for an administrative system based on the "massive redistribution of wealth", Rusty was asked what his revolution would look like.
"I'll tell you what it won’t be like," he retorted, "a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as the 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited and underserved underclass that are being continually ignored and where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to defend the rights of bankers to continue to receive their bonuses. This has to be addressed."
And he made things personal when he referred to Paxman's appearance on BBC ancestry-tracing show Who Do You Think You Are?
"I remember I see you in that programme where you look at your ancestors. You saw that your grandmother got f**ked over by the aristocrats who ran her gaffe.
"You cried because you knew that it was unfair and unjust. And that was a century ago. That still happens now. I've just come from a woman who is being treated like that.
"If we can engage that feeling, instead of some moment of sentimentality trotted out on the TV for people to pore over, emotional porn, if we can engage that feeling and change things, why wouldn't we?
"Why is that naive? Why isn't that my right, because I'm an actor? I've taken that right, I don't need the right from you, I don't need the right from anybody, I'm taking it."
Defending his own refusal to vote, he said: "It is not that I am not voting out of apathy. I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations."