Russell Brand on Donald Trump and the meaning of life
Brand didn’t shirk the deep stuff in a one-man talk that took in his own addiction and recovery, the difference between pleasure and happiness and how he once tried to spiritually connect with the incumbent US President
“There’s something about it that don’t seem right. I don’t mean all the obvious things, like what he says, but it’s a historical anomaly, it’s almost like he is a statue, a caricature, a symbol, as opposed to an actual person.
“What is he thinking when he’s at home? I met him once, before he was president. I was trying to ask him, ‘Yeah, you’ve made all this money, don’t you sometimes feel…’ What I was trying to put across was ‘spiritually-curious’, about love, wonder, glory, what this all really is. What is it, Donald? We’re alive in a world, what is this mystery? Where does my baby’s consciousness come from? We’re all going to die, what is going on?
“And he went, ‘No’. Wasn’t interested at all. I kept trying to rephrase the question to get him to say, ‘Yes,’ but there was no way I could reframe the question to get him to say, ‘Yeah, fuck me, that is weird, isn’t it? That we’ve only got one life, and I spend all my time worrying about my tan and my hair, and building walls between here and Mexico’.
“Even though Mexico, about a half-hour ago, was Los Angeles and San Diego. You can’t put a wall up now, you should have put a wall up then. If you wanna know why there’s loads of Mexican people in Los Angeles, it’s because it’s Mexico, and only recently someone went, ‘This isn’t Mexico anymore, fuck off.’ “‘Hold on. I thought it was.’
“‘No, we’ve changed it.’ And on that note, no countries are real countries, are they? Not in space. Just an agreement, to call it England, to call it the USA. Dinosaurs, millions of years ago, weren’t saying, ‘I’m a French dinosaur, would you like a croissant?’”
Recovery by Russell Brand (Bluebird) is out now
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