Despite helping Comic Relief with hosting duties last week, it seems Russell Brand isn’t entirely happy with the charity and their big Red Nose Day.
The comedian, activist and author has launched into a strange tirade AGAINST the fundraiser, claiming he felt “compromised” after co-hosting the BBC show last Friday.
Well, we enjoyed watching it anyway.
According to The Sun, the 39-year-old slated the annual fundraiser when he took to the stage at The Proud Archivist in East London.
He allegedly said: “Is it right to do Comic Relief? Plus is any f***er watching it?
“Those were the questions I was asking myself as I walked out confidently on to the Palladium stage. And the answer is, ‘no, not really’.”
Errr, we were. So was our nan. So that’s two, at least.
He then apparently launched into a ‘bizarre’ rant, claiming charity “places the burden ordinary people.”
The newspaper reports that he added: “Is charity part of the problem?
“Ultimately taking responsibility away from the centralised powers of created government, corporations and alleviating that stress and tension by placing the burden once more on ordinary people.”
However, Russell wasn’t all about bashing charity, crediting Comic Relief for its “good intentions,” noting that it had made a difference during the 30 years it’s been going, which was evident in the videos shown during the night.
That £1 billion you lot have raised during the past 30 years has sure good a long way, so well done.
If you joined MANY people in country in watching last Friday, you will have no doubt seen Russell making some, erm, controversial jokes about sharing syringes.
He joked: “I’m in the unfortunate position of having to ask you to donate money to buy syringes, literally the exact opposite of how I spend most of my time, and the previous two decades of my life.
“Fighting every instinct of my being. ‘Don’t make ‘em not work again, that’s terrible. I’ll share. Sharing is caring. Although do watch our for infectious blood diseases.”
Whether Russell gets asked back to co-host next time Comic Relief comes around is yet to be seen.
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