Skip to comments.Russell Brand hosts the VMAs with candor
Posted on 09/08/2008 12:36:48 AM PDT by forkinsocket
Russell Brand seemed a little out of place as the host at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Not because he's British or relatively unknown in America, as most of the chatter was about before Sunday night's show from Los Angeles.
It was because Brand injected the VMAs with blunt politics, self deprecation, unabashed sexuality, and, yes, plenty of off-color remarks.
Didn't he know where he was? The VMAs? In La-La Land?
No, this was no place to voice anything like an opinion on world affairs or joke about young Christian pop stars. This is a place to look cool and thank the almighty for the honor of little moon man statuettes.
Early in his opening monologue, Brand pleaded: "Please, America, elect Barack Obama. On behalf of the world."
Most of the crowd, seemingly caught of guard, cheered, though at least a few pop stars didn't. The camera caught Britney Spears who in 2003 said citizens should "just trust our president" sitting quietly.
Partisanship, of course, can hurt sales. But Brand was refreshingly ignorant of many of the concerns that keep the lips of American pop stars zipped. For good measure and surely stepping over the line Brand referred to President Bush as "that retarded cowboy fellow."
After all, Brand has built his image on his candor and edginess. He's well-known across the pond as a standup comic, TV show host and radio DJ but more so as an outlandish and hedonistic figure who speaks unabashedly about his prior drug and sex addictions.
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Sounds just like just the sort of opinion we need to be listening to when it comes to choosing the leader of the free world.
Who is this moron? These shows are nothing if not opportunities to bash the right and get your street cred with the Beautiful People.
Brand should have shut the hell up and use his horse toothed mouth to make up something funny.
Wow, what a hero. Daring! SO cutting edge! What the heck else is this boob going to talk about except the usual confessional crap--writing interesting and funny jokes is too "normal".
Talking about drug and sex addictions to rock music fans is like talking ground beef at a McDonald's managers convention.
The more MTV exposes itself as the Liberalism For Dummies network, the better.
More of this, and 0bama will lose the youth vote, too... the only thing he’s got left.
How many addictions did he have? I'm not voting for Obama unless there are quite a few.
He got some boos from the audience too regarding Obama.
Jake Coyle / Snake Oil?
Why doesn’t Obama run for British PM if he is so popular over there?
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Barry
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