Is Russell Brand moving to Syria? Fans in England have started a petition for him to go to the Middle East permanently following his controversial Trews video about the Tunisia massacre.
But Russell Brand did not appreciate this gesture. In his latest video on his Trews YouTube channel, he denounced the moment of silence for the Tunisia victims and blamed the British government for the attack.
“Does that one minute silence mean anything or is it an empty and futile gesture and part of a general policy of bulls–t so that our government can continue selling arms around the world and perpetuating a cycle where its own needs are met at the expense of its own citizens’ lives,” Brand said.
Russell Brand later added in this Trews video: “If you respect those people then demand that your government stops selling arms to countries on its own human rights abuse list. Demand that your country stops carrying out foreign wars on behalf of corporations. It will have a lot more impact than one minute’s silence.”
Naturally, this led to plenty of backlash from Russell Brand in his native country. But he refused to back down. During his new stand-up show, he even mocked some of the critics of his Trews video. In particular, he brought up one online commenter who said of Brand, “If he feels so strongly why does he not go and live in Syria and I would pay his fare for him. Anyone else contribute?”
Several petitions have emerged to raise money for a one-way plane ticket to Syria. While a GoFundMe page has apparently been deleted, there are still campaigns on Change.org and IPetitions. And while not many people have signed these petitions yet, Twitter users are definitely in favor of Russell Brand moving to Syria.
— MichaelDickson (@michaeldickson) July 4, 2015
Can someone ship Russell Brand off to Syria?
— Peek. (@BennyPeek) July 4, 2015
@mizzaggie I am willing to drive him to the border, on condition that he doesn’t speak too much!
— Fitzjimi (@fitzjimi) July 4, 2015
— Kyle W. Orton (@KyleWOrton) July 4, 2015