Everybody won. Russell Brand got his foray into magazine journalism, and the New Statesman raked in a few extra sweet, coke-stained Internet dollars. And no one outside of England would have ever cared if it weren't for an interview Brand did with Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman. Listen to it here if you'd like Russell Brand's explanation for why voting is useless and wealth disparity is real bad, you guys. Or you could watch South Park's "Douche and Turd" episode and hear the same basic argument.
So, a comedian bitched about rich people and the shortcomings of democracy. Despite that sentence working as the summary for about 98 percent of all stand-up routines in history, the Internet took Russell Brand's little rant as a straight-up "call for revolution." Those aren't my words either -- that's how NPR described the interview. Gawker, meanwhile, branded Brand the new Lenin right then and there:
Although with some white dye he'd make a passable Washington.
The Huffington Post even thought this polite interview between two well-dressed wealthy people might be revolutionary kindling on par with Russia's Bloody Sunday massacre.
I'm not sure if the word "Epic" or the word "Revolution" should be more embarrassed here.