Russell Brand - Russell Brand & Morrissey Offer New Thoughts About Margaret Thatcher
Funnyman Russell Brand has offered his thoughts on the passing of former British leader Margaret Thatcher in a new online essay, recalling how she unnerved him as a child.
Brand was born in 1975, four years before Thatcher became Prime Minister, and was 15 when she stepped down, and he admits he has mixed feelings about the politician, who died on Monday (08Apr13).
In his lengthy essay published by HuffingtonPost.com, he writes, "Thinking about it now, when I was a child she was just a strict woman telling everyone off and selling everything off. I didn't know what to think of this fearsome woman.
"Perhaps my early apathy and indifference are a result of what Thatcher deliberately engendered... or perhaps it was just because I was a little kid... Either way I'm an adult now and... so there's no excuse for apathy.
"When I awoke today (Tuesday) on L.A. time, my phone was full of impertinent digital eulogies. It'd be disingenuous to omit that there were a fair number of ding-dong-style celebratory messages amidst the pensive reflections on the end of an era. Interestingly, one mate of mine, a proper leftie (left winger)... was melancholy: 'I thought I'd be overjoyed, but really it's just... another one bites the dust...'
"She (Thatcher) is an anomaly, a product of the freak-conomy of her time. Barack Obama interestingly said in his statement that she had 'broken the glass ceiling for other women'. Only in the sense that all the women beneath her were blinded by falling shards. She is an icon of individualism, not of feminism."
Brand's hero Morrissey has also released a new statement about Thatcher's death, stating, "She simply did not give a s**t about people, and this coarseness has been neatly transformed into bravery by the British press who are attempting to re-write history in order to protect patriotism."
The former The Smiths star, a longtime Thatcher critic, adds, "The fact that Thatcher ignited the British public into street-riots, violent demonstrations and a social disorder previously unseen in British history is completely ignored by (current Prime Minister) David Cameron in 2013. In truth, of course, no British politician has ever been more despised by the British people than Margaret Thatcher.
"Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday will be heavily policed for fear that the British tax-payer will want to finally express their view of Thatcher. They are certain to be tear-gassed out of sight by the police."