I found this video on Sarah Wilson's blog and wanted to share it here.
I don't doubt that most people have some sort of current opinion about Russell Brand. Be it quite positive or quite negative, I'm guessing you have one. That's what happens when someone is outspoken and prolific.
Knowing that, I'd suggest playing a little game. Try to drop whatever story you have about Russell in your mind and watch the video below. See what comes up for you. Then watch it again allowing yourself to completely buy in to your previous opinions about him. Did your experience with the video change? Has your opinion about Russell or the ideas discussed in the video been altered in any way?
Clearly, I'm sharing this video because I appreciate what is said in it. I also happen to fall into the Russell Brand-positive camp. It's okay if you don't.
I'm guessing that this video is either really on par with your thoughts or completely misses the mark with you.
I'm not interested in discussing the personal lives of celebrities, and I certainly have never met Russell. But I do find it interesting how much public opinion of the messenger can affect how a message is perceived.
I'm guilty of it myself, of course. I'm not a fan of hypocrites and someone who preaches a way of being while acting in direct defiance to that way is, shall we say, "extremely uncool" in my mind.
I don't really know if Russell truly lives his life as a tolerant, respectful being who views us all as one. But I hope he does. My story is that he does. Regardless, I really enjoy that video. Maybe you did as well.