Brand is a very popular English comedian whose heyday was in the 2000s, and like many comedians, he was known for his off-color humor. His stand-up routines often included frank accounts of his partying past, and he hasn’t shied away from discussing his past promiscuity and drug abuse.
He used his fame to break into political activism, often coming down in support of left-leaning causes in the past. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he started drawing the ire of the left and accusations of being a “conspiracy theorist” for sharing his criticisms of vaccine mandates, Joe Biden, cancel culture and Big Pharma, and dissecting many other mainstream narratives in his podcast and YouTube channel.
These and other controversial stances meant the media was all too eager to call for his head when accusations of rape came out – even though he has not been charged with any crimes and the claims against him remain unproven.
The presumption that someone is innocent until proven guilty apparently doesn’t apply to those who don’t toe the party line. Four women have accused Brand of sexual assaults that took place between 2006 and 2013. Of course, we didn’t hear about them back then, when he was a popular comedian and actor supporting liberal causes. They’re only coming to light now, after he started saying unpopular things and questioning mainstream narratives in front of his 6.5 million YouTube subscribers.
His talent agency has already dropped him, his book deal is on hold, the BBC is removing some of his content from its streaming services, and YouTube has demonetized his channel on the grounds that it violated their “Creative Responsibility policy.”
The accusations against him are horrible and he should be held accountable if they are proven true. But so far, that hasn’t happened. Instead, it is looking more and more like the corporate media is going turn this whole mess into the latest entry in a long list of hoaxes that involve punishing those who dare to question mainstream narratives.
Here are just a few examples:
Jussie Smollett hoax: After the actor, who is black and gay, claimed he was physically attacked by men shouting “This is MAGA country,” the media was quick to use the incident as an example of “racist Trump fans” and called on the president to condemn the attack. It was later proven in a court of law that he staged the fake hate crime himself and he was sentenced to jail.
Russian collusion hoax: The media loved reminding the public that Trump was being investigated by the FBI for collusion with Russia – allegations that clouded his whole presidency – but the Durham Report recently found that the FBI never had sufficient evidence to launch the investigation and that Biden, Obama and Hillary Clinton all signed off on it despite knowing it was a hoax.
Hunter Biden laptop hoax: The New York Post broke the Hunter Biden laptop story, which involved the contents of a laptop abandoned by the president’s son exposing his father’s shady business dealings with foreign parties, among other compromising materials, shortly before the election. The rest of the media wanted us to believe this was a Russian election meddling operation, and it was later revealed that Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms conspired to suppress discussions about the story. Years after the fact, however, news organizations finally admitted that the story was true.
NASCAR noose hoax: The media was quick to pile on NASCAR fans and the sport, which is popular in many red states, after a “noose” was discovered in the garage of black driver Bubba Wallace. The offending item ended up being a rope that is used to pull down a garage door and had been there for months before the driver used the garage.
Unfortunately, Brand’s bold questioning of mainstream narratives has meant that the media is showing him no mercy despite the lack of concrete evidence against him. While he won’t deserve support if he did indeed commit the acts he is accused of, it is all too easy for the media to end people’s careers by amplifying unproven allegations simply because they don’t agree with their views.
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