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Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take heroin

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  1. chillinwill
    He heaped shame on the BBC with his vile antics alongside Jonathan Ross in the infamous Sachsgate affair.

    And now so-called comedian Russell Brand has sparked further outrage by saying 'teenyboppers' should take heroin - in the hope it would ‘weed a lot of them out’ through drug overdoses.

    Speaking in the new issue of US music magazine Rolling Stone, Brand - a reformed heroin addict himself - said exposing young stars to the killer drug would be his way of saving the music industry.

    Brand - who is the proud patron of a drug and alcohol rehab centre - grotesquely joked it would be a ‘Darwinian’ way of improving music because many of the young stars would die.

    As a result, according to Brand, ‘we would be spared their awful music.’

    Former drug addict Brand, 35, said: ‘The top of the hit parade would look very different if teenyboppers were exposed to heroin. It would weed a lot of them out.’

    Last night, David Raynes of the Drug Prevention Alliance said: ‘This is mindless idiocy.

    ‘It smacks of a desperate attention seeking from Brand. It’s just ridiculous. You despair of these people – why would anyone say that?’

    Brand also compared current U.S. pop star Justin Bieber to the late Pink Floyd guitarist Syd Barrett, who had a breakdown said to have been caused by LSD abuse. And he advocated all young stars taking drugs.

    He said: ‘I don't think Justin Bieber could handle Syd Barrett's habit.

    ‘You're just not allowed into the studio until you first have had drug-addiction issues. It separates the men from the boys.

    ‘A lot of people in their journey to rehab - overdose. And then, perhaps, we would be spared their awful music. It's Darwinian. It's the law of natural selection.’

    Brand also insisted that rock stars who have died following extensive drug abuse are the people youngsters should look up to.

    Brand complained: ‘There's just too much turnover, too many transient pop stars.

    ‘The music I listen to is mostly by the dead and dying, which is how I want my rock stars: Syd Barrett, Jimi Hendrix and the Doors.’

    Brand – who is engaged to American pop star Katy Perry - also urged youngsters to listen to music by people, who had penned songs while on drugs.
    Russell Brand

    Darwinian: Russell, seen here with pop star fiancee Katy Perry in New York this week, said drug overdoses by young stars would be 'the law of natural selection'

    ‘All children should be made to listen to music by people who wrote it on acid while staring wistfully at water,' he added.

    Brand resigned from his show on Radio 2 after he was embroiled – along with Jonathan Ross - in Sachsgate in the autumn of 2008.

    The BBC suspended the pair after they left obscene telephone messages for much loved comedy actor Andrew Sachs, regarding his grand-daughter Georgina Baillie.

    Despite the public’s revulsion in the UK at those antics, Brand’s career has continued to prosper in the US.

    He has appeared in a number of Hollywood films including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Bedtime Stories. And he is next due to reprise the title role of Arthur, in the film first made famous by the late Dudley Moore.

    Brand is, himself, a former heroin and sex addict and a recovering alcoholic.

    He has been arrested 11 times and infamously introduced his drug dealer to Kylie Minogue when he was a presenter on MTV.

    He has been off drugs since 2002 and is now a patron of charity Focus 12, which is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and deals particularly with drug and alcohol addiction.

    Yesterday, Focus 12’s Chief Executive, Chip Somers, defended Brand.

    He said: ‘Russell has always been an ardent supporter of the work we do helping to get people off drugs.’

    ‘His supoort has enabled the charity to continue over the last two years when he has donated more than £100,000.’

    According to official figures, 897 people died from heroin or morphine overdoses in the UK in 2008.

    By Ben Todd
    April 16, 2010
    Daily Mail Online
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...heroin-save-music-industry.html#ixzz0lBznRELJ

Comments

  1. MajorTom
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    although I Would agree with him that the music industry is doomed, and has been the last 10 years, i dont think heroin will solve anything, . . . I guess he doesnt realize its the people behind these pop stars that are ruining music.
  2. b3ni
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    SWIMajorTom you don't give his intelligence enough credit. He's a comedian who's pretty much made a name for himself making remarks like this to get his name in the papers.
  3. tripolar
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    I think he is pretty intelligent and quite funny and underrated as a comedian.

    Don't forget the article comes from the DM. Seriously, "news" items from this paper should be left uncommented - it will only raise the blood pressure unnecessarily ...
  4. Stu Bai
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    Daily Mail. Enough said. Also, I laughed at the guy who said Brand just wanted attention. And you gave it to him, you silly muppet.
  5. girlygrrl
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    The guy is just joking and being an ass. If people take him seriously then they're really lacking the ability to distinguish sarcasm from serious discussion. But hey it is great publicity for himself by causing controversy of those who lack any sense of humor.
  6. Euthanatos93420
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    Bad publicity is still publicity. I wonder how many people who read this thread are like....who the fuck is this guy? And go listen to his music...(incidentally....I cannot be arsed to listen to someone's music because of their opinion on heroin use).
  7. girlygrrl
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    ^ as PR people like to say, "any publicity is GOOD publicity"...
  8. Charenton
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    R.Brand Esq., and The Mail have a mutually rewarding relationship. Brand makes outrageous statement and The Mail has something to enrage their readers over cornflakes and Nescafe. Brand gets media exposure, Daily Mail readers get high blood pressure, journalists get a quick story. Such is the way in this day and age, bring back the cane, national service, and wholesome comedians like Jim Davidson;)
  9. missparkles
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    He reminds me of an immature teenager who says things to shock, just to gain attention for himself. I also think the great work he does for a drug charity is being negated by his "jokes." Yeah, I realise his comments were said "tongue in cheek" but by making them he's attracting bad rep to people who already have enough, drug users. Perhaps he's just not clever enough to realise that?

    Thing is with humour, it's supposed to illicit a feeling of pleasure, make you laugh, but he's just offensive most of the time. Oscar Wilde was an extremely outspoken bloke, and he always managed to say just what he wanted, get his point across with taste. This bloke wouldn't recognise taste if it bit him on the ass in broad daylight.

    Remember, this newpaper might be a BS spinning rag, but it's also read by the people who make drug policy, and if they don't get the joke, they're gonna just think all heroin users (and ex users) are this fuckin' stupid, is that what anyone really wants them to think?

    Sparkles.:vibes:
  10. marijuanaking
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    is there no place for sarcasm in the UK? c'mon Brand is a comedian, you should expect him to make a joke. i say dont put the pop stars on H, give it to the right-wing politicians and bureaucrats. 'weed out' some of their bigoted bullshit
  11. MajorTom
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    I dont give his intellegence enough credit? or did you mean his comedy? as I see it thats not funny, not because I think its the wrong thing to say just that its not funny!

    I dont think he's funny either, if your making refference to sarcasm than that was a very unfunny sarcastic comment, also how am i not giving his intellegence credit? did he say something intellegent, besides - "The music I listen to is mostly by the dead and dying"(Quote) ... because i must have missed it, unless of course you mean I dont understand intellegent comedy, in which case you would be wrong, could you point out the intellectual reamark he made? Maybe I dont get the humor or sarcasm, maybe i have to be british to get this guy, that cant be though, because I think ricky gervais is up there with the best... I think you've mistaken me for somone who is offended by his statements.
  12. Nature Boy
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    Ugh. This is just sad. He's obviously only having a laugh, a bit of shit talk, and then some dumbass from The Daily Mail has to turn it into some sort of hard drug advocacy threat to the youth of Britain. Garbage. It probably sucks to be a celebrity. You can't have a sense of humour without some twitchy-fingered twat claiming you're more evil than Hitler.
  13. Kotton Morrison
    Re: Russell Brand accused of 'mindless idiocy' saying young musicians should take her

    I think its quit obvious he's being sarcastic maybe a bit silly but i don't have a big problem with his comments as long as he's joking. Personally I don't find him funny, the only thing i like about him is his support of the hammers (anyone else on here follow them?) and his taste of music.

    But i'm a bit confused how he can say this with Katy Perry as his partner if it wasn't for their relationship i would have assumed this was the type of pop star he was referring to.

    Anyway this could quit easily be totally misquoted it is the mail after all.
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