When Russell Brand comes out and says that youth are disengaged with politics, he is one hundred percent right. It has been for far too long that we have been crying out for a figure that holds such a large proportion of attention from youths to say this. There is one age group that even the Conservatives have dared not touch or make cuts on in the last 4 years. That is the elderly. The reasoning for this is that when every election comes around they turn up in their masses and put a tick on the small piece of paper. They’re referred to by some as the ‘grey vote’. If you favour them in your policies you’re bound to get a few votes because at the end of the day we all vote in our own interests. It’s true. If you’re rich you’ll usually vote for the party with minimal taxes, and if you’re poor you’ll vote for the party that promises to take money off the rich and give you more opportunities.
So therefore it is natural that young people do not have many policies aimed towards them because they just don’t vote. There is a staggering piece of research that shows more of us voted in the X Factor final than in the last general election, and that is not good. It really shouldn’t make a difference to your life who wins the X Factor but it should matter to you who wins the general election.
So when Brand demands that youth need to be more involved in politics it is worth taking note. To gain advantages for said party, youth need to start voting.
So when Brand tells us that actually we shouldn’t vote, it is ludicrous, shambolic, outrageous, irresponsible and just plain stupid. I’m a teenager and I know that the majority of teenagers are actually far more likely to listen to the likes of Brand than their own mother or father.
Brand is an outlaw, he edgy, he’s everything you want to be growing up. He says ‘fuck it’ to the system and he doesn’t conform to the grey suits that most people his age might. When he turns up to a debate or an authentic parliament meeting he looks like a failed rock star on trial for possession (which is actually quite a cool look).
His documentary ‘war on drugs’ gained many fans. Some for the right reasons, some for the wrong. Sadly most appreciate the idea of legalising drugs because it means they’re far less likely to be caught and subsequently told off by their parents for doing an inconceivably small amount of weed around the back of the bike shed. However what Brand was getting to here was actually not legalisation but the decriminalisation of drugs, he made some very valuable points, some not so, but he should be listened to here.
His mannerisms, his choice of language, the way he dresses. To some he is everything they could dream of and more. To others he is everything wrong with humans. He can come across quite self-centred and you get the impression that he’s not really open for other views, he seems certain that he knows best. He can actually be very patronising in the way he points his finger and tells us what to do rather than suggest to us what to do.
His necessity to use such long words reminds me of my time in my GCSE’s. I’d often shove in some large word that I hadn’t a clue what it meant to make me sound more photosynthesis.
But in all seriousness, his excessive use of complicated language actually prevents many from making a judgement on him. The thing is most of us don’t even understand what he’s saying so it’s quite hard to disagree with him.
Brand has said that you should not trust anything a rich man says; therefore that means we can’t trust anything he says, doesn’t it?
He does make some very good points but you often wonder if he really means it. His latest book has made him an outrageous amount of money. His book just consists mainly of his opinions. Therefore it makes us question if this really is his opinion or if he’s just simply selling an opinion.
The problem with him is that whenever he goes to a protest or a campaign he always seems to make sure there’s a camera there. If he really cares, surely it shouldn’t matter. Everything he does makes its way onto the internet or television. If he was really that passionate about his feelings then he doesn’t need us to see everything he does.
In a recent protest conducted by Brand he went to what he thought was an office full of bankers (it was not, they tend to have their own offices Russell, like you insist on telling us is that they don’t like to share, remember?). Regardless, a witness at this protest, who consequently wrote Brand a very angry letter telling him that he had disrupted his own day, made some very interesting points. He felt that Brand was far more concerned about getting a good camera angle and making sure lot’s of people saw him making a racket rather than the actual outcome. He was right, because Brand achieved nothing seeing as he got the completely wrong building. However it was still deemed as success presumedly because lots of people saw it and it can feature in his next television programme.
So while others might argue that Brand needs to publicise his opinion to have it heard, which is a valid argument, he is still yet to really do anything with these opinions. In his book he tells us that we need a revolution, yet there’s been no revolution as of yet. When’s the starting date? Do we need to book time off work?
Furthermore he constantly tells us how corrupt and wrong big businesses are, rightly so, but why does he then use them to promote his books and movies?
If he really cares as much as he says he does, he needs to drop his books, drop his television programmes, drop his YouTube channel and stop telling people not to vote. The thing is people listen to Russell Brand. That’s why he needs to drop all his overly dramatic PR stunts and all his overly commercialised public adventures and run. I don’t mean run in sport relief, although that would be nice, but run for parliament.
If he really cares he needs to stand up and try to actually make a change. The day he does stand up and try to make an actual change will be a very good day. But until then he is just as fake and character driven as Nigel Farage. Even more so. Because while Farage also craves the spotlight, he’s actually taking his ridiculous ideas and he’s running with them. It might be the worst set of ideas since JK Rowling killed Dobby off in Harry Potter, but at least he’s doing something.
It’s alright for Brand to shove his ideas down our throats, but at least make it count. An opinion is just an opinion. Anyone can say they want to run a marathon but not many actually stand up and do it. That’s what Russell Brand needs to do. If you ask for a change someone doesn’t come along and do it for you, you have to do it yourself.