Russell Brand, an actor typically known for his more liberal political opinions, is starting to lean heavily into right-wing conspiracies on his YouTube channel, leaving fans flummoxed and upset.
On Tuesday, one of Brand’s recent YouTube videos, titled “Trump was RIGHT About Clinton & Russia Collusion!!” started going viral. In it, he claims there is “serious evidence” that Hillary Clinton worked with Russia to create this “conspiracy.”
Within hours, fans flooded Twitter with their disappointment in Brand, noting how the actor’s “serious evidence” seems to stem from just one source. Others simply avoided the video altogether, given what they already know about the controversial comedian.
“I’ve been interviewed by Russell Brand. I think Brand is generally smart and well-intended. I’m also certain that the sum total of his knowledge about the Trump-Russia scandal is dogs—,” author and political columnist Seth Abramson tweeted. “All that’s happened here is that Glenn Greenwald found another mark for his disinformation.”
I've been interviewed by Russell Brand. I think Brand is generally smart and well-intended. I’m also certain that the sum total of his knowledge about the Trump-Russia scandal is dogshit.
All that’s happened here is that Glenn Greenwald found another mark for his disinformation.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) September 28, 2021
Many joked that Brand started creating the videos — which do appear to be monetized — simply because he’s struggling financially. “Damn. Didn’t realize Russell Brand had fallen on hard times financially,” one person tweeted.
Others made digs at Brand’s divorce settlement with pop star Katy Perry, joking that his alimony payments must have stopped coming in. One Twitter user even went so far as to say Perry is likely “scrubbing the internet” of any record of her marriage to the actor. (The two were married for just 14 months from 2010 to 2011.)
Damn. Didn’t realize Russell Brand had fallen on hard times financially pic.twitter.com/F2y13Kfu56
— Brosephine Wires (@JoParkerBear) September 27, 2021
For others, the videos weren’t actually all that surprising. Some fans felt Brand had been “drifting rightwards” for some time now, and most people just hadn’t noticed.
“I would welcome Russell Brand to the QAnon cult, but let’s be honest: he’s been embodying their extremist mentality for years. It’s just that his narcissism finally overtook his drive to help others and I’m sad about it,” Amee Vanderpool, creator of the SHERO newsletter, tweeted.
You can check out more reactions to Brand’s videos below.
I would welcome Russell Brand to the QAnon cult, but let's be honest: he's been embodying their extremist mentality for years. It's just that his narcissism finally overtook his drive to help others and I'm sad about it.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 28, 2021
That Katy Perry alimony money finally ran out, huh? pic.twitter.com/xUSEE9D8xy
— Peter Wolf (@peterawolf) September 28, 2021
Russell Brand has officially lost his mind. pic.twitter.com/ghJAent6w1
(@DemVaccinated) September 27, 2021
Russell Brand, the UK's version of Randy Quaid.
— Operative_X (@OperativeXRay) September 27, 2021
Russell Brand is the Scott Baio of Jon Voights.
— Grins E. Lamb (@MiloBuck6) September 27, 2021
Forgetting Sarah Marshall was great, but forgetting Russell Brand will be easy.
— Realist@heart (@Realistheart1) September 28, 2021
Katy Perry is currently scrubbing the Internet of any mention that she was once married to Russell Brand.
Meanwhile Russell is hiring the Cyber Ninjas to find him fans that no longer exist.
— Papi B Dubs (Live Music & Event Producer) (@Papi_B_Dubs) September 28, 2021