British actor Russell Brand takes on Fox News host
Brand uploaded a video of him commenting on a 'debate' hosted by Fox News' Sean Hannity on Gaza
Russell Brand, a British comedian and actor, uploaded a video on his YouTube account on Tuesday in which he calls Fox News anchor Sean Hannity a terrorist.
Brand, who regularly comments on current affairs, criticized Hannity’s demeanor and style while interviewing a Palestinian-American analyst on the 24 day-old conflict in Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians.
After a few seconds of welcoming Munayyer to the show, Hannity starts pointing his finger at Munayyer asking him what he would do if a group started firing rockets into his neighborhood.
“Sean is thinking: we want conflict, what things can I say to exacerbate the conflict” Brand said, in response to the questions Hannity posed at Munayyer .
In the video, Hannity repeatedly asks Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the Palestine Center in Washington D.C., whether he thinks Hamas is a terrorist organization or not, limiting his guest’s choice to “a simple yes or no answer,” according to Brand.
After Munayyer tries to answer the question, Hannity interrupts him asking, again, “Is Hamas, what part of this can’t you get through your thick head, a terrorist organization?”
“Who in that situation was behaving like a terrorist?” Brand asked . “Using intimidation, bullying, being unreasonable? Sean Hannity…that is where the terrorism is coming from” he said.
The video, part of Brand’s daily web-series, The Trews, has had more than 600,000 views on YouTube, 5,000 likes on Facebook and has been re-tweeted more than 1,000 times on Twitter as of Thursday.
Being the comedian he is, Brand remarks at the beginning of his video that Hannity resembles “the Ken doll from the Toy Story 3 movie.”
Brand also comments on the issue using an analogy where he himself beats someone using a “a variety of weaponry” and then complains of being jabbed with a pin. “Oh no! Not the pin method! What are we savages?” he exclaims.
Munayyer tweeted Brand’s critique of his interview with Hannity, calling it “hilarious.”
Brand has also received Hannity’s attention, as the Fox News anchor tweeted on Wednesday that he “has some professional advice” for Brand and that he should tune in for Hannity’s next show.
@rustyrockets aka Mr. Katy Perry, heard you don't like my interview style. Well, I got some professional advice for you. Tune in at 10p ET— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 31, 2014
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