Scott on September 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm
You may or may not care, but last night was the MTV Video Music Awards. This year the hosting duties were handled by Russell Brand, a British “comedian” (and I use that term loosely). I fully understand that the VMA’s are not necessarily the venue where one might expect articulate and insightful analysis of pop culture and society, but this guy took rude and boorish to an entirely different level. How/why anyone ever told him that he is funny is beyond me.
I’ve included a link to a YouTube vid of Mr. Brand doing his monolgue. Hopefully the link wil remain active for awhile. If you can stomach it, give it a few minutes. It goes from bad to worse.
While I think that it certainly took some guts (and/or stupdity) on his part to come over to the U.S. and lecture us on our “retarded cowboy president” (his words), I was even more disturbed by his general lack of manners and “cooth” (as my mom would say) and his inability to say something that was even slightly amusing. While I get that everyone has the right to an opinion, it just seems odd that a “comedian” would presume to have the knowledge and insight to come to another country and lecture that country about its leadership, politics and international policies.
And then he took plenty of shots throughout the night at some of the musicians (like the Jonas Brothers and Jordan Sparks) for their decisions to save sex until after marriage. Again, I guess he is entitled to his opinion about sex and who should/shouldn’t be having it, but why bring other people’s business out into the open as fodder for a lame, sad, amazingly pathetic attempt at “hosting” a show?
Just in case the video gets yanked from YouTube, here’s a partial transcript of his opening monologue:
“Now, as a representative of the global community and a visitor from abroad, I don’t want to come across a little bit biased, but could I please ask of you people of America, to PLEASE ELECT BARACK OBAMA. Please! On behalf of the world. (Camera pans to singers Chris Brown and Britney Spears applauding and cheering.) Some people, I think they’re called racists, say that America is not ready for a black president. But I know America to be a forward-thinking country, right. Because, otherwise, you know, would you have let that retarded cowboy fellow be president for eight years?
We were very impressed. It was nice of you to let him have a go. Because in England, George Bush wouldn’t be trusted with a pair of scissors.
I am obliged by broadcasting law to show some balance in this situation, which means, uh, the Republicans might be alright. Sarah Palin. She’s a VILF! A vice president I’d like to…fumble, fondle, I dunno. I do feel a little bit sorry for her daughter, getting pregnant, poor kid. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? It’s a P.R. stunt. Come on. Be honest.
And I feel most sorry for that poor teenaged father. Boy. One minute, he’s just a teenaged lad in Alaska having joyful, unprotected sex. And the next minute: Get to the Republican convention. I think that is the best safe sex message of all time. Use a condom or become Republican! …That boy will spend the rest of his life masturbating while wearing a condom…
…New music, new president, and brand new America. And you people deserve it after eight years of Bush. I promise you, you deserve it…”
Funny, huh? Good Stuff. I wonder if he does birthday parties.
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