Russell Brand on Rolf Harris "Newly Cast as the Villain"

Russell Brand has offered his two cents on news that Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls dating back more than 40 years, with the youngest victim just seven or eight years old. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Brand suggested the conviction make you "revise your own childhood."

Rolf HarrisRolf Harris leaves court after being found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ben Pruchnie]

"It just makes you feel that reality is very muddled and confusing, like you have to revise your own childhood," said Brand.

"That's an integral part of your own life you have to look back and go, 'Oh right, so what was going on then then, when I was watching cartoon club and enjoying that stuff?'

"You have to revise your narrative."

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He describes the long running case as a "graffiti over our grasp of what is real."

"On one side of the story you've got the victims, which are obviously human, and real," he said. "And then on the other side you've got Rolf and his family that are human and real.

"With Rolf Harris newly cast as a villain it creates this uneasy moral climate of nihilism. He's like a graffiti over our consciousness, a graffiti over our grasp of what's real."

Rolf HarrisFlanked by his wife and daughter, Rolf Harris leaves court [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matthew Lloyd]

Brand said there was something "inherently comedic about Rolf Harris, who was always seen in such a lighthearted context, those silly shirts, silly instruments, silly frivolous drawings around children and adolescents; novelty songs"

"It contributes to this idea that nothing that we stand on is firm ground," continued Brand. "There's a horror; an uncanniness to it."

Rolf Harris will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday (July 4, 2014). He is expected to be given a custodial sentence of up to 10 years. 

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Robert C. Priddy

'Graffiti over our grasp of what is real' Well, Russel Brand is no master of clear expression or explanation! Rest assured that there is plenty that stands on firm ground in the lives of decent people world-wide. But in the world of statesman, politicians, priests, gurus, and public idols one must reckon that criminal behaviour is not that uncommon, as countless cases. The sensible rule 'believe only half you hear' should perhaps be modified to 'do not go in for believing as such'. The world is a stage - and most of the show is vanity - while reality for far too many people is simply the stuff dreams are made of.

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There is plenty that stands on firm ground in the lives of decent people world-wide. But in the world of statesman, politicians, priests, gurus, and public idols one must reckon that criminal behaviour is not that uncommon, as countless cases. The sensible rule 'believe only half you hear' should perhaps be modified to 'do not go in for believing as such'. The world is a stage and most of the show is vanity, while reality for too many people is simply the stuff dreams are made of.

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