Russell Brand causes controversy over 9/11 comments
Last updated 10:55 25/10/2014
UK comedian Russell Brand said people should be “open-minded” about the view that the US government was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
In a combative and at times cringe-worthy interview on BBC’s Newsnight, the author and actor said he found the relationship between the families of former US president George W Bush and al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden “interesting”.
“I think it is interesting at this time when we have so little trust in our political figures, where ordinary people have so little trust in their media, we have to remain open-minded to any kind of possibility,” he told interviewer Evan Davis.
“Do you trust the American government? Do you trust the British government? What I do think is very interesting is the relationship that the Bush family have had for a long time with the Bin Laden family.
“What I do think is very interesting is the way that even the BBC report the events in Ottawa to subtly build an anti-Islamic narrative. I think that’s very interesting. I think it’s interesting the way these tragic events are used to enforce further controls on us.”
However, when pressed by Davis on whether he was suggesting the Bush family was involved in the 9/11 attacks, Brand responded: “I don’t want to talk about daft conspiracy theories”.
The BBC said it had received nine complaints following the interview.
“Love him or loathe him Russell Brand has been one of the most eloquent voices articulating the anti-politics mood that all British politicians are currently struggling to engage with,” a spokesman said said.
Brand, who was fired from MTV after dressing as Osama bin Laden to work the day after the 9/11 attacks, was on the show to promote his new book Revolution.
The whole interview was strained and shouty, with Brand embarking on a series of rants and accusing his interviewer of being patronising and rude.
At one point, an exhausted Davis exclaimed: “I’m trying to take you seriously”.
Brand, who has written regularly for The Guardian, stirred controversy when he appeared on Newsnight last year and said he had never voted because of “absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class”.
– Sydney Morning Herald