We’ve become a fan of Russell Brand ever since he gave up meat and dairy in favor of a vegetarian lifestyle, but his recent admission of being obsessed with death to a point of smashing dead animals with a hammer onstage during his live performances has got our fur up.
Apparently the 35-year old included the disturbing scenes in his act because he wanted to “wake people up.” Speaking to journalist Neil Strauss, he said, “I was fixated with dead animals and death. The driving ideology behind what I was doing was pretty safe, right? And I felt that people were spellbound, like they’d been hypnotized, and I had to wake them up. So I would do things to wake them up. Like, I’d have a load of dead rats or dead chicks, like baby birds, on stage.” The Get Him to the Greek actor then added, “And I’d smash them up with a hammer and then throw them into the audience and go, ‘Why are you disgusted? I’ve just rearranged their atoms. They’re dead already. Nothing’s happened. You’re being shocked by nothing.’”
Strauss explained his thoughts on why Brand would commit such horrendous and frankly disgusting acts. “He was clearly on drugs when he smashed the animals on stage,” Strauss stated. “Also, the whole show was about shock value, because at the time he was hungry for attention because he had just started out. He thought this was art, it was important to him— this was him trying to be a rock star, trying to make a point about what is really right from wrong since the animals were dead before he ‘killed’ them. Funnily enough, since then PETA has embraced him and called him the sexiest vegetarian.”
That claim is true, as last year PETA gave Brand the distinct honor of being one of their sexiest vegetarians. Though we doubt that he’ll make any of their lists again.
What do you all think about this?
Via Contact Music