He has been the subject of mockery recently with his “Don’t Vote” persona before drifting between endorsing various parties before the election, but funny man Russell Brand has now announced that he has “quit politics”, though many probably think that he never really started politics in the first place.
Thinking he could influence the political behaviour of voters after initially being a celebrity figure head of voter apathy, the author of the 2014 book “Revolution” provided his own thoughts and criticisms of politics during the General Election campaign, and later decided to back the Green Party. He then interviewed Ed Miliband before backing him and the Labour Party last minute, to which many criticised him for being hypocritical. He said,
“I was feeling the same things they feel. It wasn’t as if I was the leader of the ‘don’t vote’ party, I was just another member of it. It’s not like I had any authority or power.”
However his video backing Ed Miliband was not exactly helpful to everyone, as it came out the day after voter registration closed having previously told people not to vote.
He has been scorned by young people and come under fire from social media users after he tried and failed to get people to vote Labour following his dramatic U-turn on not voting. Many felt, contrary to his opinion, he had in fact influenced the outcome of the election, but in a ultimately negative way and had played a part in Labour’s loss and the Conservative’s victory.
Critics were quick to point out low 46% youth turn out, laying the at least some of the blame on him; “It’s because of this telling people not to vote that the Tories got back into power.”
During his latest YouTube “Trews News” video, he gave his verdict on the news that David Cameron and the Conservatives would have a majority government;
“My only regret is that I thought I could be involved. People were telling me I could make a difference; even it was only a small thing. When we interviewed Miliband I thought we could alter the outcome of the election, now I think we can’t influence the outcome of an election.”
He claims there will be no shortage of “meanness” in the next five years, providing the disabled, immigrants and the poor as examples and claiming that “all we’ve got left is to be compassionate to one another and get involved in causes we care about.” He then had the audacity to say that as a wealthy person in the UK, the election result is not too bad for him personally. Well good for you, Russell.
Russell Brand cannot complain about the government we now have – he played his part, in his own bizarre way – in helping the Conservatives into government. And now he is backtracking and claiming he is just a comedian and “I’m just a bloke with a laptop and a bit of mouth.” Well his mouth probably did make a difference – he made politics seem even more unappealing to young people because of his reputation for being somewhat of a fool. His attempt at getting down with the kids has failed, and those he did influence went along with him and decided not to vote, when their votes could have made all the difference.