Russell Brand opens the MTV Video Music Awards by admitting that no one watching had a clue who he was. Some loud mouthed, crass, and absolutely revolting Brit with horrible hair from what I can tell. Anyway, my gripe is that in the next breath he beseeched the audience (well, actually, “the people of America”) to vote for Barack Obama.
The many things wrong with this picture spur me to type faster than my poor fingers can keep up with my brain, so expect some ranting. Possible raving. Definite outrage.
First, let me say that I have problems with any celebrity telling me whom to vote for and making crazy political statements that they expect their fame alone to validate. And I don’t care which side of the fence they’re on: be it Susan Sarandon sputtering inanely about things she clearly doesn’t understand or Ted Nugent sputtering inanely about things he clearly doesn’t understand, I usually just listen, sort of indulgently, and shrug with that little, aw, we all have a right to say what we want, free country, yadda yadda, whatever sigh. So Oprah Winfrey supports Barack Obama . . . that’s nice. So Jon Voight supports John McCain . . . that’s nice. But this Brand person? What’s validating his position? Certainly not his fame. His position as host of the VMA’s? Shudder.
That’s what America needs, some no one, no name loon from across the pond screeching that we’ll be doing the world a favor by voting for Obama. This person is speaking “on behalf of the world”? Please, please say there’s someone else who can speak for the world. Anyone. Someone who can pronounce the word, “nothing” would be nice (“nuhfink”? what is that?). No, no, really, that’s just more than I can take. Give me Bono, give me . . . oh, I don’t know, delicious Colin Firth piping in on how he thinks my fellow countrymen and women should vote; this I can take. Sort of.
I found it offensive when what’s his name used the Academy Awards as his pulpit by saying that Bush doesn’t care about black people, and I found it incredibly, to my marrow offensive that some random Brit used an American television show to espouse his own political agenda (or to his mind, the world’s). What next? The Queen of England donning her Obama (or McCain) pin and rallying the geriatric set in Ohio? Political ads from Prince William for our state representatives?