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Russell Brand - Maverick or Manchurian Master?

Ah, Russell Brand. The man with the mane, the wit sharper than a samurai sword, and a penchant for speaking truth to power. His show, "Stay Free with Russell Brand," is a beacon for those tired of the mainstream media's monotonous drone. With nearly 7 million subscribers on YouTube, he's become a trusted voice for many on the right, even for yours truly, Sally Joe.

I've long admired his relentless pursuit of truth and his defiance against censorship, even when it means defending views he finds reprehensible. But lately, a nagging doubt has crept in—could he be a plant, a controlled resistance figure, still under the thumb of the puppet masters?

I know, I know, it sounds like something out of a late-night conspiracy forum. Yet, after years as a Hollywood insider, it's a question that's hard to ignore. It wasn't until a recent episode of his show that this thought really took root. As I watched, my admiration turned to disgust when Brand read out a tweet purportedly from the Australian Prime Minister stating, "Free speech is a dangerous tool and must be restricted." What the hell? My journalist instincts kicked in, and I immediately searched for the source of this outrageous statement. Turns out, it was from a parody account. Yes, a parody account. It took me all of four seconds to discover this.

Now, one could chalk this up to an honest mistake, a slip by Brand's research team. However, this incident has sparked further debate about Russell's true place in the new media sphere, especially given the curious disappearance of recent allegations against him. Is he genuinely the rogue truth-teller we want him to be, or is there something more sinister at play?

Brand's shock and disgust at the Australian Prime Minister's supposed tweet seemed genuine, I’ll give him that. It was a visceral reaction that made me believe, for a moment, that he was truly blindsided. Yet, here we are, nearly 20 days later, and neither I nor any of my colleagues have received any response from the team at "Stay Free." No attempt has been made to correct the record, no retraction, no clarification. It's as if the incident never happened.

For a man who prides himself on questioning the official narrative, this silence is deafening. It raises uncomfortable questions. Is Brand's oversight a simple case of human error, or is it indicative of a larger, more troubling issue? Could it be that even our most trusted voices in alternative media are fallible, or worse, compromised?

I want to believe in Russell Brand. I want to stay free, stay curious, and trust that his mission is as noble as he claims. But it's hard not to wonder. Brand, once the darling of Hollywood, now the crusader against it, presents an intriguing paradox. His meteoric rise in the alternative media space has made him a target for skeptics who question his authenticity.

Yet, despite my doubts, I can't help but hold out hope. Brand's work has inspired millions to question the status quo, to think critically about the information they're fed. His willingness to tackle controversial topics and give a platform to dissenting voices is commendable. He's challenged the narrative on everything from Big Pharma to government overreach, and for that, he deserves credit.

But let's not kid ourselves. The stakes are high. In a world where information is power, the lines between truth and propaganda are increasingly blurred. We need our truth-tellers to be vigilant, to hold themselves to the highest standards of integrity. That means owning up to mistakes, no matter how embarrassing, and setting the record straight.

So, Russell, if you're reading this—and I hope you are—give your research team a good kick up the backside. Acknowledge the error, and let your audience know what really happened. Because in the fight for truth, transparency is our greatest weapon.

For now, I remain cautiously optimistic. I still believe in the goodness of Russell Brand and the mission he claims to be on. But that belief is tempered with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, in the world of media and politics, nothing is ever quite as it seems.

But that’s just what I Think Russell 😊

And Remember:

Trust no Single Source

Trust Your Gut

and Stay Curious

sally Joe

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