Foot in Mouth award 2014
The 2014 Foot in Mouth award goes to Russell Brand
Russell was out on his own in the 2014 'Foot in Mouth' stakes. While we admire Russell's determination to open up a debate about democracy and the dire state of the world, we struggle to make sense of most of his comments. We wonder if that might be due to him being more worried about self-promotion than about making sense. Here are a couple of Russell Brand quotes from 2014, but bear in mind that this is the Russell norm and no single example can do him justice. We really could have pulled similar comments from nearly every interview he gave over the year.
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"The internal mayhem I'm feeling is spilling out everywhere. I loved it, and felt very connected to activism – particularly activism that feels loaded with potential. Not the oppositional activism that seems like there's a stasis around it – earnestly sincere, but a monolith equal to the establishment."
"I find it (capitalism) hard to understand. It obfuscates truth and I think an economic ideology is oppositional to the spiritual ideologies that are what we need to adopt if we're to save our planet and humankind. Capitalism, the economic arm of the individualism and materialism ideologies that keep us framed in a narrow bandwidth of consciousness, prevents us from seeing that we're all connected."
And here's a representative bit of codswallop from Russell's book, Revolution: "This attitude of churlish indifference seems like nerdish deference contrasted with the belligerent antipathy of the indigenous farm folk, who regard the hippie-dippie interlopers, the denizens of the shimmering tit temples, as one fey step away from transvestites."
There could be only one winner this year: bravo, Russell. Your message is entertainingly garbled and may well be meaningful – we just have no idea what you're talking about and we're not sure you do.