British actor and comedian Russell Brand has gone viral on YouTube, though not for any jokes he’s been making. On October 23, Brand sat down with BBC’s Jeremy Paxton to discuss Brand’s latest project: guest-editing an issue of the New Statesman, a British political magazine.
During the interview Paxton frequently attacks Brand’s credibility, demanding to know how Brand could edit a political piece when the actor doesn’t even vote. As Brand defends the policy of not voting, he explains why it’s a choice rather than an excuse:
“It’s not that I’m not voting out of apathy, I’m not voting out of absolute indifference, and weariness, and exhaustion from the lies, treachery, deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations now and has now reached a fever pitch, where we have a disenfranchised, disillusioned, despondent underclass that [is] not being represented by that political system, so voting for it is tacit complicity with that system.”
The video has gone viral on YouTube, with close to 8 million hits already. Watch Brand refuse to be treated as an inferior by Paxman even while he openly acknowledges his life as a drug addict.