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Charting the political evolution of famed comedian Russell Brand is a fascinating and daunting task. He would say he is as liberal as any of them. But, he seems to be a classical liberal like Joe Rogan or Jordan Peterson. It seems that what he cares about more than anything is the primacy of freedom of speech. Now, in service to that all-important principle, Brand has taken the extraordinary step of dropping YouTube after they (wait for it), censored him.
It has just been reported by Analyzing America that:
Comedian Russell Brand said he’s removing his show from YouTube over censorship problems and switching to Rumble.
The 47-year-old actor said that YouTube censored him over COVID information.
“We have been officially censored by YouTube,” Brand said. “They took down one of our videos for misinformation, but why are big media organizations not censored for misinformation in the same way? Is it because YouTube are part of the mainstream media now?”
Watch the man himself explain it below:
Analyzing America went on to report that:
Why are independent channels being attacked, censored and brought down,” he said. “While mainstream media channels are being pushed, highlighted and celebrated?”
“We made an apology video, we’ve taken that down as well. YouTube took down our original video, we’ve taken down the apology video because in case we reiterate the claim while apologizing for it,” he said.
“We made an error, in my opinion a relatively small error, and we’re being penalized!” he added. “For me that looks like censorship, and the reason I think it looks like censorship is because there’s mainstream media misinformation up all the time.”
The Daily Wire went on to report that:
Brand then played a clip from March 2021 of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow saying, “now we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person.”
The video, titled “‘We Can Get There!’: Stunning Pace Of U.S. Vaccinations Puts Pandemic’s End In Sight,” is still on the site at the time of this publication and doesn’t include a COVID fact check, Fox News noted.
He reiterated that everyone knows now that the “truth is the vaccine does not prevent you from spreading it,” yet that video is still on the site.
It was further reported by the Daily Wire that:
A message on the CDC website reads that the vaccine is a tool to help protect people from “severe illness, hospitalization, and death.”
“So we’re asking: Is there one standard for independent news broadcasters like us on our channel and a different standard for what we would call the ‘mainstream media?’” Brand asked.
So, even those that are identifying as left-leaning are having their fill of cancel culture. Why wouldn’t they? It never fails to amaze me how so many leftists don’t see how silencing others because they have different opinions doesn’t concern them. We have a common or collective interest in everyone else have the right to say what they want. Not only do we have the right to speak, but others have, themselves, the right to listen. Once again, it is not just the right of the person who speaks to be heard, it is the right of the audience to listen and to hear. Every time you seek to silence somebody, you become a prisoner of your own action because you deny yourself the right to hear sometime.