When the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial concluded a year or so ago, I thought we were done with accusations of sexual misconduct against middle-aged men who dress like they are in an Aerosmith cover band. Apparently not. This week, Russell Brand finds himself on the receiving end of a report by a coterie of British publications alleging that Brand committed sexual assault against four women, one of whom was sixteen, between the years 2006-2013.
After all has been said and done, it's time for all of us to evolve. We need to get to the "Next Station on the Road to Human Evolution." Or else, we'll continually be preoccupied with the transgressions of others.
That last paragraph is a cold hard reality to swallow.
Insightful article. Although I have to take issue with waiting for a police investigation being a form of defence of Brand. Reports should be taken as valid evidence, but the victims reports only have validity in an appropriate and legitimate public forum and its conclusions, and with regard to crime that can only be a jury. The way the media has gone about this case so far is wrong. They have a role to play in broadcasting that Brand has been accused of crime of a sexual nature. This is more than enough to encourage other victims to come forward to the police. However, the media has exposed crucial details of what the victims reported. This will have contaminated the evidence other victims might come forward with - human memory is highly fluid and malleable especially with emotionally charged content - and that could corrupt a police investigation and potentially end with an acquittal. Believe victims but distrust human memory and public discourse which is deeply infected with bias, hearsay, and assumptions.
Good to see YouTube taking the moral high ground about alleged offenses: Brand can stay on YouTube, but YouTube will pocket 100 percent of his advertising revenue rather than 40 percent. Must have been a tough business decision.
Gotta laugh. 🤣
The Onion cuts right to the bone, as always:
“At press time, the baffled nation asked what had made Brand into such an unhinged and deeply frustrated person if all of this hadn’t kicked it off years ago.”
Personally, I find it hard to take people who thought they could do heroin with no consequences because they're "different" seriously.
They seem rather dull witted and the heroin addiction doesn't seem to make them any smarter, just more conniving.
This. 1000%. You make things so clear in the posts that you write. It is appreciated and enlightening.
LAWD bring out the body bag
I agree mostly, but maybe not on the media-nihilism. Hasn't Louis CK's more mainstream prospects been dampened considerably since his creepiness came out? I know he's still 'fine' by most measures. He still does sold-out comedy shows, goes on podcasts, etc, but his massive reach has been severely limited. On the other hand, Brand has always seemed more of a fringe celebrity by comparison, making these accusations--which are likely true in my opinion--ego-syntonic to his hardcore fanbase. Either way, I'm curious to see how it all plays out.
I suppose the term whipped air isn't new, but this is the first I have read it. Love it.
I know zero about this man other than he once was married to Perry and that he interviewed Sam Harris, whom I do follow. Sam got a lot of heat for going on Brand's podcast. I didn't listen.
He never interested me and never will. No sweat off my nose. But if he did what he is accused of, may he rot with the others of his ilk.
Why do fools have platforms of any kind? I am quite tired of stupid and insane.
Four media outlets spent an entire year trying to come up with something. They found only one instance of a potential crime, and even that would be difficult to get into a court room.
Given the degree of his very open promiscuity, the surprise is how little the media uncovered. Surely he was an easy mark, low hanging fruit, and yet, here we are, with scant to discuss.
Brand was paid a lot of money to be a sexually proactive, and often creepy. Now everyone wants to be retrospectively outraged?
Perry merely became aware, later, that the marriage break up wasn't her fault, other things were presumably going on in his life. Evidently that information gave her some peace of mind about the end of the relationship and she could move on. LOTS in the media are sheep-like citing that old quote as if Perry holds information of a criminal or horribly salacious or disturbing nature. Scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Brand makes more money from his social media efforts than he ever did in MSM. He got a standing ovation at his show yesterday. He'll probably get one next week as well.
If anyone was hoping to bring him down, they've failed, and they've failed the women that they featured in the reporting.
I believe what the women say, but criminal? Or even plausible civil cases? We'll see if any lawyers want to take them on as clients.
I don't know what's been achieved with this year long investigation. That's concerning.