We’ve been discussing using cinema as a way to practice observing psychopathic behavior. Well what about people in the news? Russell Brand stopped by MSNBC’s Morning Joe to promote his new comedy tour “Messiah Complex”. I think his behavior speaks for itself and I’m wondering if anyone else sees red flags.
Mika Brzezinski, Katty Kay and Brian Shactman were the anchors that day.
Initially, Mika Brezezinski introduced him and admitted that she hadn’t heard of him before but “he’s a really big deal. I’m told this.”
Mr. Brand seemed to have taken a narcissistic injury to the admission that she didn’t know who he was. His reaction was to act bored, look around the room and swivel in his chair.
Katty asks him to show off his boots and he places his foot on the table, but he declines an invitation to leave his feet on the table, so as not to disrespect the show. But then, disrespecting the show is exactly what he proceeds to do. It was amazing to watch one charismatic man reduce three seasoned tv anchors into blubbering, giggling idiots.
Russell made sure to point out Mika’s cleavage in her low cut dress while simultaneously accusing her of disrespecting him because, “I’m only flesh and blood, I have instincts,” he says. Bypassed shame? Mika was visibly embarrassed by that remark, so he threw a few love bombs at her, comparing her hair to Princess Diana’s, to keep her on the line. This was the first of Russell Brands slime projections at Mika. Watch the video for more.
Watching his antics, the Pearl article came to mind. Jill wrote, ” …the bartender explicitly gapes and talks at your breasts. You end up feeling embarrassed and regret wearing that dress. Well, this is a deliberate act by that bartender, because he knows very well that you will notice where his eyes rest all the time. … In other words, the bartender behaves in a shameless manner and intends to push all the shame your way. If you were to remark on it to the bartender, he might even go as far as say to you that he’s entitled to gape if you wear such a summer dress.”
Before the interview can begin, Russell cuts off Brian Shactman’s anecdote, turns his back on the anchors by swiveling around in his chair and starts talking about the room full of employees working at their computers .
The flustered anchors, aghast at the spectacle, begin to refer to him in the third person and he chastises them for their bad manners. Forgotten are Russell’s own boundary violations with the breasts comments. Can we say, “projection”? After watching the video, I welcome comments on whether you think Russell is on the Cluster B spectrum. And what about the anchors?
By the way, Russell says about his Messiah Comedy tour,
“we’ll be talking about Che Guevara, Mohandas Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus Christ, and how these figures are significant culturally, and how icons are appropriated and used to designate consciousness and meaning — particularly posthumously. They are all people who died for a cause, they’re all people whose icons are used to designate meaning, perhaps not in the manner which they intended.”
Apparently the topic of using symbols and icons to designate meaning is of interest to Russel Brand. I wonder if he’s heard of MacGuffins.
Warning: Slime Danger In This Video!
Edit UPDATE: New viral interview with Russell Brand. Giving us more insight into his thought process? 10/26/2013