Russell Brand’s Agenda Includes Global Revolution, but Not Upsetting Pop Stars

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Bad boy English comedian/actor Russell Brand is known to stir the pot, but MTV clearly doesn’t mind.  After offending viewers with remarks about the Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, and George W. Bush at last year’s Video Music Awards, Brand is back to host this year’s show, airing Sunday (9/13). 

 “When they asked me back, I thought, ‘They must like controversy.’  Last year I was quite intrigued by the Jonas Brothers and they were there performing.  I only make jokes about things because they’re there.  It’s not like I’ve got an agenda,” Brand tells us.  “Well, actually, ironically, I do have an agenda, but it does not include pop stars.  It’s a global revolution — the dissolution of religion, commerce, consumerism, and the utopia founded on the idea of one objective of spiritual uniting.”  Hey, at least he keeps it broad! 

 As far as any thought of self-censorship this time around, Brand says, “There’s no point in being disingenuous.  You can look inside yourself and work out whether or not something is fundamentally bad or whether it’s just people being silly.  If I look inside myself and I see no darkness then it’s alright,” he claims.  “I don’t want to make anybody unhappy.  I want to make people love, that’s all.” 

 Brand says he’s certainly up to the task.  “It’s challenging to do awards shows.  If you had to do it, you’d think, ‘Oh my God, it’s so hard to stand in front of all those people and cameras.’  It’s just whether or not you have enough narcissism to overcome it and fortunately or unfortunately I do.”  

 Overall, Brand says there’s a great show in store.  “Jay-Z is performing, Beyonce, Pink, Taylor Swift, but I’m not really her demographic.  She’s more for the younger folk.  And there will be a tribute to Michael Jackson at the beginning of the show.  It’s going to be a phenomenal evening.  I’m there merely to preside over it.”   

 Emily-Fortune Feimster

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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