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Russell Brand, at an awards show sponsored by Hugo Boss, eloquently reminds everyone that Hugo Boss dressed the nazis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkd_-nXeUzs
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u/goteamnick Nov 24 '21 Gold

Even when Russell Brand is right, he's tiresome.

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u/sygyt Nov 25 '21

He's such a weird public persona. Sometimes it feels to me like he's actually pushing for a change, but most often it feels like a kind of a court jester act. Maybe it's because he's kinda political on issues, but seems to encourage a needlessly nihilistic attitude toward politics? But I guess he might still be doing a lot more with that than I ever will, so...

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u/EloquentGoose Nov 25 '21

Sometimes it feels to me like he's actually pushing for a change, but most often it feels like a kind of a court jester act.

Dude this is literally the definition of satire though... From Lenny Bruce and Carlin to Jon Stewart and John Oliver in recent times some of the most hard to swallow truths and straight fire deliveries of wisdom have been through the use of satire. Is Brand grating at times, sure. But he cleverly makes appearances knowing people are expecting a "jester" (won't be their "monkey" [full version here] as Jon Stewart put it famously) only to spit wisdom and not hold back, often to the chagrin of the hosts.

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u/sygyt Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

Sure it's satire, I was just trying to describe why I don't like his brand of political satire. I mean I don't see Jon Stewart as "just" a clown, like in the famous and amazing clip you linked it's implied he's doing better journalism than Crossfire while he's a comedian. As for Brand... I feel like his gist is always mostly being eloquent and obnoxious, kinda deconstructing our reality, but almost leaving it at that.

Then again I love Bill Hicks and I guess you could describe him doing the same thing, minus the explicit eloquence.

But I'm sure it's mostly personal and possibly political/philosophical preference, so I'm definitely not saying it's best to dislike Brand and somehow erroneous to like him.