The Real Point of Russell Brand's "Morning Joe" RantSubmitted by Marc Clair on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:11
“This is a hotbed of neurosis and psychosis!” - Russell Brand
Yesterday we were all treated to a viral video of Russell Brand getting a wee bit ranty on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”. After feeling slighted by the attitude of host Mika Brzezinksi – daughter of world-shaping neocon Zbigniew Brzezinski (I wonder how she got that MSNBC gig???) – Brand decided to take control of the interview and openly mock the Mainstream Talking Heads surrounding him on all sides.
To the untrained ear it may seem that Brand was just having a good ‘ol time, as he surely was, and making fools out of Mika and the other hosts just for kicks. I believe the real point of Brand’s rant may have been lost on some. He was not simply mocking these specific hosts of “Morning Joe” due to some rude behavior. Rather, he was calling out the entire mainstream media that passes itself off as “news” while serving to distract the public from real issues. At 4:31 Brand states:
Because I believe that people are very, very intelligent, but the information gets manipulated by people that like to cause, you know, fake stirs and stuff.
It’s fairly clear that the “people who like to cause fake stirs” he is referring to are the fine “journalists” conducting his interview. After a host claims he “can’t understand” his accent and being referred to in the third person by Mika, Brand starts to get a little more wiley. At 6:55 he decides to take control and put on a satirical news cast of his own.