Russell Brand pushes for revolution in BBC Newsnight interview

The Juice

In an interview with BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman lastw eek, comedian Russell Brand made it clear that he’s hoping for a political revolution. The first move? Do not vote.

“No, I don’t vote,” Brand said. “Why vote? We know it’s not going to make any difference.”

Throughout the ten minute interview, Brand revealed why he is disappointed with the world’s current political state, claiming it is the blame for his drug addiction past and citing America's large income disparity.

But Paxman pushed Brand to answer if Brand actually supports a revolution and what he thought that revelation would look like.

The comedian had no clear answer for any of Paxman’s questions and went on several emotional tangents. However, near the end of their time together, the interviewer seemed to be taken aback when Brand pulled at Paxman's heart strings with memories of his grandmother’s mistreatment by aristocrats.

Brand laced the interview with his snarky humour, but couldn't completely hide his frustration and anger over the current political climate.

“I am angry. Because for me, it’s real," Brand said. "For me, this is what I come from. For me, this is what I care about.”