BBC Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand about voting, revolution and change.
The tough interview went viral immediately and the ‘Gawker’ went as far as saying that “Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night.”
It is refreshing to see Brand answering spontaneously and steadfast (and not without wit) to the often provocative questions by Paxman. Brand is outspoken, rebellious and in for change. He could be an inspiration to young people who drift aimlessly through social and political issues to find some purpose. Here a few sound bites:
“I am not 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.”
“I don’t get my authority from this pre-existing paradigm, which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”
“There’s going to be a revolution. It’s totally going to happen. I haven’t got a flicker of doubt. This is the end.”
Jeremy Dickson Paxman is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. He has worked for the BBC since 1977, and is known for his forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians.
Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, and author. In 2004, Brand achieved notoriety as the host of Big Brother’s Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian’s.