March 16, 2023

OFF-BRAND: Brit actor rails against reality on latest Bill Maher show

OFF-BRAND: Brit actor rails against reality on latest Bill Maher show

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Please give me the confidence of a rich white guy with an international platform of millions who just shouts louder to drown out any truths that might come at him.

This applies to both “Real Time” host Bill Maher as well as his guest panelist Russell “I Dared to Remake a Dudley Moore Movie” Brand, neither of whom is good at listening and proved it on Friday night’s episode of the HBO shoutfest.

Brand once enjoyed a bit of fame here in the U.S. thanks to his rock-star looks, charming British humor, and being briefly married to Katy Perry. After finally getting treatment for his drug addiction, Brand (allegedly) swapped heroin and cocaine for conspiracy theories to get his daily high.

Let’s just say you’re judged by the company you keep and leave it at that SNIFF SNIFF SNIIIIFFFFFF

There’s no real explanation as to why Brand is suddenly back and making the rounds on talk shows hosted by other mediocre white guys — he also hangs out with Joe Rogan, DANGER WILL ROBINSON! — but he’s out there yelling tons of bullshittery over anyone who challenges him.

And on Friday night, Brand was challenged by someone infinitely smarter and better versed in the ways of how the American government should work: John Heilemann, the creator and host of The Circus on Showtime, who also has a nice side gig as a National Affairs analyst for NBC and MSNBC.

So maybe don’t tell Heilemann that MSNBC is just as bad as Fox, Mr. Off-Brand, especially when you’ve made all of one appearance on the network and you just were on Fox with Rogan.

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Brand tried it anyway, though. Watch him drop Rogan’s name along with those of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, then topping it off with a mention of Ivermectin during an increasingly unhinged and shouty filibuster.

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Seriously, all that was missing from that insanity was Brand blaming COVID-19 on Hillary Clinton and Benghazi.

Twitter was as full of praise for Heilemann as it was of disdain for Maher and Brand. Let’s watch!

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Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.

Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks.

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.

Tara Dublin

Tara Dublin is a woefully unrepresented writer who thinks more people would read her cool rock & roll love story inspired by Dave Grohl than any ghostwritten GOP crapbook, agents & publishers. Follow Tara on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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