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Russell Brand on Philip Seymour Hoffman: Our culture 'does not know how to treat its addicts'

Reformed substance abuser Russell Brand — who’s been clean and sober for over a decade — has spent years crusading on behalf of addicts. In 2011, when his friend Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning, he wrote a long tribute to her, taking pains to specify that addiction is a disease: “We need to review the way society treats addicts,” he wrote, “not as criminals but as sick people in need of care.” The following year, he testified before his home country’s Parliament to advocate decriminalizing drug addiction, saying again that those suffering from the disease should be treated with compassion.

And now Brand has weighed in on the recent passing of Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent heroin overdose early last Sunday.

The comedian begins his Guardian column in an unusual way: by declaring that the demise of, say, a wild young star like Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber would not be particularly shocking. The death of Hoffman, however — “a middle-aged man, a credible and decorated actor, the industrious and unglamorous artisan of Broadway and serious cinema” — strikes us as particularly tragic. In Brand’s eyes, however, it shouldn’t; “the man was a drug addict and his death inevitable.”

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Russell Brand calls for revolution in explosive interview -- VIDEO

You say you want a revolution? Well, Russell Brand knows it — and he’s leading the cause.

Fans of Brand know that in addition to being a stand-up comedian, actor, and Katy Perry ex-husband, he’s a passionate advocate against various societal ills, particularly drug abuse and income inequality.

It was that Brand who showed up to a BBC interview last night with journalist Jeremy Paxman (the two have memorably talked before). Brand was on the program because he guest-edited The New Statesman‘s revolution-themed issue, and in the on-camera interview, Brand expanded on his printed op-ed about the change in our political structure Brand believes is coming.
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Russell Brand takes down 'absurd' awards shows after 'GQ' controversy

Russell Brand might have received his final prize at the British GQ Men of the Year Awards.

The comedian got into hot water with the magazine by making a Nazi joke about the show’s sponsor, Hugo Boss, during the event earlier this month. Now, he’s written a column for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, defending his comments and calling out the absurdity of awards shows in general.

Brand, who was on hand to receive the night’s Oracle award and was reportedly banned from the afterparty following his acceptance, explains what led up to him making the Boss joke.
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Russell Brand vs. MSNBC, round two: Comedian takes 'Morning Joe' crew to task in column

Russell Brand is not my favorite person in Hollywood. I would personally brand (pun intended) his acting as “Even though my character is named Aldous/Arthur/Lonny, I’m still just Russell Brand.” You can love him, hate him, or even fear a text from him, but there comes a time when one discovers that the actor-comedian is by no means an idiot; in fact, he’s a pretty smart guy.

If you only know him from Forgetting Sarah Marshall (certainly his acting prime) or Rock of Ages, then you have every reason to be skeptical. But take a look at his instantly classic interview on MSNBC that took place last month. Some thought it was rude; others saw it as a refreshing take on the stale and boring interview model. (I agree with the latter.) Brand recently penned a column for The Guardian, astutely pointing out some problems in the age of the interview talk show.
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Katy Perry says Russell Brand asked for a divorce via text message

One he sent her on New Year’s Eve, no less! This sort of thing is why the “That Was Way Harsh, Tai” tag was created.

In a revealing cover interview for Vogue‘s July issue, the 28-year-old singer discusses her career and her relationship history — paying special attention to her brief marriage to comedian and cable news scourge Russell Brand. “He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him,” Perry says of her ex, whom she met in the summer of 2009 and married in the fall of 2010.

“Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011,” she continues — one day after he formally filed for divorce. The couple’s split was finalized in July 2012.

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Russell Brand outsmarts and out-funnys MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' crew -- VIDEO

Hey, cable news: Don’t mess with Russell Brand.

The funnyman was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, and the gaggle of talking heads was a full-on hot mess interviewing the comedian. He was there to promote his upcoming Messiah Complex tour (sounds like someone has been taking naming advice from Jay-Z!), but instead, the talk devolved into questioning why they couldn’t understand his accent and openly admitting they knew nothing about him.

Brand remained a jovial sport, despite the complete lack of trying on the part of the anchors. Watch a cringe-worthy clip below, and then join me for some discussion questions:
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Russell Brand gets cheeky with Katharine McPhee on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' -- VIDEO

Poor Katharine McPhee did not know what she was in for when she went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote Smash last night. But she handled a flirty Russell Brand like a champ!

When McPhee came out on stage, Brand wouldn’t move from the guest chair, so she sat down on his lap. Then Brand got a little touchy-feely. Watch the awkwardness below: READ FULL STORY

Howard Stern prods Russell Brand about Katy Perry

Russell Brand called in to Howard Stern’s radio show this morning ostensibly to promote Brand X, but Stern was more curious to talk to Brand about his divorce from Katy Perry, which was finalized two days ago.

Much like his appearance on Ellen, Brand seemed determined to take the high road, passing on opportunities to dish on his ex-wife. While the full interview isn’t available online, you can listen to a clip where Brand says, “[Before] we got married, I just thought, ‘I’ve got to marry her, I just love her so much.’ And then we got married and I thought, ‘Okay, this isn’t really working out.’”

MTV reports Brand touched on tabloid rumors that their issues had to do with whether or not to start a family, but didn’t want to give details, saying, “’I don’t want anything to hurt her. She’s younger than me, she’s a young woman and she’s beautiful and she’s sensitive and I care about her deeply.” He also dismissed rumors that her parents (and their religious beliefs) contributed to the end of their relationship. READ FULL STORY

Contrarian Corner: Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are music's mean girls

Katy Perry’s 3-D extravaganza Part of Me hit theaters this week. Obvious self-reflective implications aside, it’s strange that Perry chose this title from her collection because it’s lyrically the least Katy Perry-ish song in her repertoire. “Part of Me” foregoes the whipped-cream-and-rainbows sensibility that so perplexes (and captivates) my colleague Annie Barrett. It speaks of overcoming adversity and seeks self-empowerment. It’s also a hit job.

I’m not here to sift through the dross surrounding Perry’s divorce from Russell Brand. And I can’t fault Perry for documenting the unraveling of the relationship in the documentary — not to do so would be as glossy and inauthentic as one of her lolliprops. Still, it seems this song speaks to a potential directional shift in girl pop that, frankly, is troubling. Perry and her fellow hit-churner Taylor Swift have taken the break-up song to a new level, crucifying their exes publicly — to massive success. It begs the question: When did a few cute girls’ personal burn books turn into the American songbook?  READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry: What is your damage?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What is your damage, Katy Perry? You’re making me feel like a hard old bitch.

Until yesterday my impression of you had been somewhat vague, a smattering of visuals and a strong if nonsensical set of aural hooks. If I heard your name, I’d think of rainbow sherbet , hot dogs that are really people, Snoop Dogg rolling a pair of sugarcube dice, and gummy bears come to life. Basically a child’s, or stoner’s, paradise. (If you did a “Downtempo Snaxxx Remix” of each hit single, by the way, you could easily corner another segment of the population.) I’m pretty sure I could pick your voice out of a police lineup, for crimes against candy. And without even trying, I somehow know all of your singles. Are there drugs in those? I hear them once and by the second go-round I’m BELTING them like some wall-licking beast.
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