Alright, so it’s no big secret that Russell Brand is a big revolutionary man, often speaking up to try and stick it to the man in a way that would make Jack Black’s School of Rock character proud.
But as he joined the Million Mask March last night, it looked like he’d actually been missed off the ‘revolution’ memo as he forgot an all-important prop for the protest itself – AN ACTUAL MASK.
Yup, Russ, 39, forgot to actually wear the V for Vendetta masks that were an integral symbol of the march as he joined fellow protestors from anti-capitalist group Anonymous as they demonstrated around various parts of London, including the BBC’s headquarters, Trafalgar Square, The Mall and areas around Parliament.
Well, at least he wasn’t shy about his protesting.
Being the proud revolutionary he is, he was keen to get properly in amongst the crowds and get stuck into the action, but was also keen to encourage a calm environment.
A calm revolutionary protest is a bit of a juxtaposition isn’t it?
He apparently said he wanted a “loving, peaceful protest,” telling fellow protestors “Stay cool, stay cool. I think you should be careful. Don’t get beaten up and arrested tonight.”
Sound advice really.
However, his revolution credentials should probably look a bit embarrassed today as it turns out Russ didn’t actually stay to the end of the march.
According to The Daily Mail, Russell actually bowed out of the demonstration early to enjoy the Made in Dagenham press night at the Adelphi Theatre, missing the violence that apparently ensued.
Probably for the best really, since fireworks and firecrackers were amongst items said to be used against police.
It’s not the first time his revolutionary efforts have been mocked, after Blur’s ‘Parklife’ was used in a viral tweet campaign to put the actor in his place.
The band’s 1994 hit ‘Parklife’ featured lines spoken by Phil Daniels including “Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as,” followed by Albarn singing the track’s title.
But what has this got to do with Russell Brand, we hear you ask?
Well, thanks to a discovery by Twitter user Dan Barker, it turns out extracts from Brand’s new book ‘Revolution’ work perfectly with PARKLIFE being shouted out at the end.
Brand has since responded to the comment:
Unfortunately for Russell, his comeback was sort of definitely ignored as his replies were flooded with people simply saying ‘PARKLIFE.’ Nice try, mate.
We hope he enjoyed his night of, erm, theatre REVOLUTIONARY fun anyway.
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