Russell Brand sparks backlash after admitting he is open minded about conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 terror attacks and asks ‘Do you trust the American Government?’
- Comedian was asked about 9/11 because he said it was ‘controlled’ in book
- He told BBC Newsnight: ‘We have to remain open-minded to any kind of possibility. Do you trust the American government?’
- He added: ‘I do think is very interesting is the relationship that the Bush family have had for a long time with the bin Laden family’
- Accused BBC of building ‘anti-Islamic narrative’ over Ottawa terror attack
- Victim’s relative says it shocks her that ‘he would be that stupid’
- Star was sacked by MTV after he dressed as bin Laden on day after 9/11
- Critics branded him a ‘ranting idiot’ and told him to ‘stick to comedy’
- Viewers make complaints to BBC over his 9/11 conspiracy rant
- Corporation defends his appearance and says: Love him or loathe him he voices anti politics mood’
Russell Brand caused outrage today after he admitted being ‘open-minded’ about whether the United States was behind the 9/11 attacks and asked: ‘Do you trust the American government?’
The comedian, 39, told BBC’s Newsnight he believes there is an ‘interesting’ relationship between the families of former US president George Bush and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
He was pressed by presenter Evan Davis on comments in his new book, Revolution, because in it he describes the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York as ‘controlled’.
Brand’s decision to give credence to a 9/11 conspiracy led to fury online, with the multi-millionaire, who was married to Katy Perry, branded a ‘ranting idiot’ who should ‘stick to comedy’.
Responding to criticism that Brand was on Newsnight again the BBC, who had nine complaints, said: ‘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’.
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Flamboyant: Russell Brand, pictured on Newsnight last night, caused controversy after he said he was ‘open-minded’ about whether the United States was involved in 9/11
Outspoken: Brand accused the presenter Evan Davis of leading him ‘down blind alleys about silly administrative quibbles’ when taken to task over his new book
Rant: Brand also accused the BBC of pursuing subtly building ‘an anti-Islamic narrative’ while reporting the Ottawa terror attack this week
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When asked about a 9/11 conspiracy Brand said: ‘We have to remain open-minded to any kind of possibility.
‘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.’
He then appeared abruptly to change tack, saying that he did not want to discuss ‘daft’ conspiracy theories.
Today the sister-in-law of Michael Cunningham, who was 39 when killed in the terrorist attack, said she was ‘shocked’ at the comments, given Brand’s controversial history.
Joanne Cunningham said: ‘It shocks me that he would be that stupid.
‘He’s batty, completely batty. But we’ve heard it all before and it doesn’t change the outcome.
‘He knows nothing about 9/11 really, I presume he had no relatives in it, so he can’t comment when he doesn’t really know.’
Brand has courted controversy over 9/11 in the past and was sacked by MTV after turning up for work dressed as Osama bin Laden on the day after the attack that killed 3,000 people.
In his autobiography he described being around colleagues on September 12 as: ‘And there’s me standing beside them, still dressed as Osama bin Laden. I thought: “It don’t get any better than this.”
Twitter users were left furious by his Newsnight performance, many considering it insulting to the nearly 3,000 dead, which included 67 Britons.
The devastating attacks on the Twin Towers 13 years ago changed the world.
More than 1,100 people have never been identified, and their remains have been placed in a tomb under New York’s Memorial Museum.
The al Qaeda plot also included the crashing of two more aircraft, one into the Pentagon, in Washington DC, and the other a field in Pennsylvania.
Questioning: The comedian was asked about 9/11 because his book refers to the terror attack being ‘controlled’
In the tense interview last night Brand said the BBC ‘shamefully sabotaged’ the Scottish Referendum for the No campaign and Mr Davis he was ‘mates with like CEOs and big businesses’ and spent time ‘cosying up’ to London mayor Boris Johnson.
When Mr Davis pressed him about his views he shouted over the presenter: ‘Mate, I don’t want to follow you down blind alleys about silly administrative quibbles.’
At one point Mr Davis pleaded: ‘I’m trying to take you seriously.’
Davis then tried to show the actor a graph showing wage levels in Britain, but he responded: ‘I don’t want to look at a graph mate, I haven’t got time to look at a bloody graph.
‘It’s a lovely graph mate, well done. This is the kind of thing that people like you use to confuse people like us.’
After the show Twitter users started sending graphs to Brand to lampoon him over the outburst.
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He replied: ‘Cheers for the graphs.The 5 richest families in UK have as much money as the poorest 12 million people. Do us one for that’.
It was Brand’s second appearance on Newsnight after a now notorious interview with Jeremy Paxman, where the comedian said he had never voted because he regarded politicians as untrustworthy and irrelevant.
The multi-millionaire also said that ‘profit is a dirty word’, in response the the Prime Minister who said it wasn’t.
He has been a regular on the BBC despite his acrimonious departure in 2008.
Brand and presenter Jonathan Ross left a series of obscene messages on Mr Sachs’s answerphone during Brand’s Radio 2 programme.
The incident provoked 42,000 complaints after Brand boasted of sleeping with Mr Sachs’s granddaughter and joked that the 83-year-old former Fawlty Towers star might hang himself as a result of the phone calls. Brand later resigned while Ross was suspended.
Brand later claimed many of the 42,000 people who complained to the BBC either had no real idea of what they were complaining about or were motivated by an anti-BBC agenda.
He has starred in several high profile Hollywood movies, most notably Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, and commands a high acting fee.
He is also famous in the UK for his work on television, radio and as a stand up comedian.
His net worth is believed to be more than £15million, with rumours this doubled following his divorce from singer Katy Perry.
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