Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity's Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Debate; Hannity Responds
Russell Brand, the British comedian and actor, condemned Sean Hannity’s coverage of the conflict between Israel and Gaza on his Fox show, calling him a kind of “terrorist.”
Russell Brand Calls Sean Hannity A 'Terrorist'
Brand reacted to Hannity’s segment, which the Fox personality introduced by asking, “Is America’s largest Muslim so-called civil rights activist showing sympathy to terrorists?,” on his YouTube series Trews.
"One of the definitions of 'terrorist' is using intimidation to reach your goals," Brand said. "Who in that situation was behaving like a terrorist, using bullying, intimidation? Sean Hannity. That is where the terrorism is coming from."
"There’s no objective terrorism, there’s just different perspectives of violence,” the actor added. “No-one should be using violence, but if you’re going to judge violence pejoratively and negatively, and God knows we all should, then the people that are doing the most and the most effective violence surely are committing the greater crime?"
“Sean's not a solution-based guy," Brand continued. "Sean's not thinking 'we want peace, what we should we do to get peace?' He's thinking 'We want conflict. What can I say to exacerbate conflict?'"
On an off-topic, but humorous note, Brand said, "I don't mean to be petty or trivial but Hannity looks like the Ken doll from Toy Story 3."
Sean Hannity Reacts
During the program that Russell took issue with, Hannity had asked Palestinian-American political analyst Yousef Munayyer, "Is Hamas a terrorist organisation?” before berating him, “I'm asking you a question… Answer, answer the question! You're a guest but you don't get to filibuster the question." After he continued to challenge Munayyer, he closed the segment, "You had your chance. You didn't say Hamas is a terrorist organisation. Goodbye.”
Hannity, after learning of Brand’s takedown of his interview tactics, fought back with petty insults, calling him a "D-list actor better known for his failed marriage to Katy Perry.” Hannity continued, "Russell, if you’re watching, which I know you are, take a close look at the TV so I can educate you because you’re kind of dumb and ignorant."