The "D-list actor" started it. In case you missed the latest high profile feud, actor/comedian Russell Brand recently started a YouTube program called “The Trews,” in which he offers his opinion on current events. Last week, his cyber show turned personal when Brand gave a harsh review of Sean Hannity’s Fox News interview with anti-Israel activist Yousef Munayyer.
Hannity challenged Munayyer when he refused to say whether or not Hamas was a terrorist organization. The host became understandably frustrated when his guest couldn’t answer the simple question. In a 12-minute tirade, however, Brand accused the host of wanting to exacerbate conflict with his style of questioning. That’s when the name calling began:
"Who in that situation was behaving like a terrorist? Using intimidation, bullying, being unreasonable? Sean Hannity. That’s where the terrorism is coming from."
Hannity responded to Brand’s hateful comments by fearlessly calling the actor “dumb and ignorant” and “educating” him on the conflict between Hamas and Israel, pointing out that Hamas started the hostilities by firing 3,000 rockets into Israel. His guest panelists may have had different opinions on the Middle East conflict, but all seemed to share Hannity's opinion of Brand.
Not to be outdone, Brand produced another video even more incendiary than the last, full of snark and sacrilege. In his own panel, Brand used a pot of flowers, and puppets of Jesus and Mahatma Gandhi to weigh in on the Israel v. Hamas debate. The actor insisted he was trying to promote “peace” and accused Hannity and his panel of treating the serious situation as a "game."
Brand’s “news” program features a picture of a dog with a ridiculous theme playing in the background: “Let’s have some trews!” Who exactly is treating important issues like a joke?
Then Brand - Russell Brand - offered Hannity some life advice.
“Sean, you’re a human being. Come back to humanity. You’ve lost yourself, mate,” Brand said. “Tonight when you go home, look in the mirror for a little while, take a deep breath, remember how you were as a child, remember how you feel about the people you love, remember that all human beings everywhere, they have those sensations and those feelings, try and speak from a perspective of love not from vengeance and hatred.”
Because nothing says “peace” and “love” like calling someone a fictional cartoon and a terrorist. What Mr. Brand, did you expect Hannity to sit quietly after you called him a terrorist?
Sir, take your own advice.