Russell Brand is a British comedian who recently named himself the voice of the oppressed and the leader of the coming proletariat revolution against the super-rich despite having a net worth of an estimated $15 million, some of which came from his recent book’s, Revolution, banner sales. The book describes, in detail, how Brand would reformat the world economy to benefit the people who, I suspect, purchased his book, but fails to mention whether he’d also donate the exceptional profits he’s made telling them how to run their lives.
So far, it’s been difficult to ask Russell Brand exactly what his actual contributions to worker’s rights are, because he keeps ducking out of their protests to attend “celebrity-packed West End parties.” And while there’s a documentary being made about Brand’s life as a troubled visonary seeking to alter the fate of the world’s poor, it will likely fail to answer any tough questions, since it’s mostly funded by corporations and millionaires. And, as one London TV reporter recently found out, even when asked point blank about his wealth, Russell Brand will desperately try to change the subject before angrily sticking his finger in your face.
The reporter’s question is actually very relevant. According to the Guardian, Brand was protesting a real estate management company that recently bought a string of low-end properties in high-rent neighborhoods and now plans on evicting the tenents at the end of their leases so that they can then fix up the properties and sell them to people like Brand, who pay exorbitant prices to live in nice areas, away from the troublesome presence of poor people.
Westbrook bought the housing estate in Hoxton in March and transferred its ownership to an offshore company in the Channel Islands tax haven of Jersey. The firm is understood to be planning to evict the tenants, refurbish the estate and re-let the flats at full-market value – which in some cases could be three times higher than current rents. Westbrook has only made assurances that rents will not go up before the turn of the year.
“Ordinary Londoners are suffering, with their homes ripped from underneath them and their lives and families pulled apart, just so international investors can make a quick buck, with no regard to the community they are destroying,” said Khan.
“If Westbrook won’t provide affordable housing to families on the estate they should sell to a social landlord who can keep the community together.”
Part of the problem is, obviously, that people like Brand are moving into formerly working-class neighborhoods and want comfortable living spaces. The company isn’t trying to make an exhorbitant profit off the backs of others, but as an organization charged with making money lest it be rendered useless and it’s employees destitute, it wants to sell the properties its bought at the full, fair market value, a value that people like Brand have raised by happily paying higher rents.
How does the reporter know that Russell Brand doesn’t live in low-rent housing? Well, Brand films many episodes of his YouTube “news program,” “The Trues” at his home, and from the looks of the huge industrial loft space with gigantic windows, a lovely high-end kitchen and green roof space with lovely views, his residence probably didn’t come cheap. Actually, he might have even purchased it as a bachelor pad after he and his ex-wife Katy Perry sold off the $3M love nest they shared in NYC’s trendy TriBeCa district, far from the wandering eyes of anyone without a checking account.