In the U.K., the publication The Sun is having an increasingly bitter spat with Russell Brand with a Friday front page article declaring that 64 per cent of Brits don’t find the comedian funny and 68 per cent think he is a hypocrite.
The findings appear accompanied by the headline “THE NATION SPEAKS”, though the survey, conducted by YouGov, polled just 574 people.
Earlier this year Brand won a libel payout from The Sun on Sunday.
Recently, Brand became agitated when British Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O’Brien asked him much he paid to rent his east London home during a protest over the cost of housing.
He was with a 400-strong group that was demonstrating against the tripling of rent on a Hoxton estate due to a planned development currently threatening 93 families with eviction.
The hundreds of residents and supporters of the New Era estate in east London were taking part in the protest over fears that a takeover by US investment firm Westbrook could lead to further rent hikes.
The reporter O’Brien suggested that the housing problem was being exacerbated by the super-rich buying property in the capital.
During the interview, Brand told the reporter: “I’m not interested in talking to you about my rent, mate. I’m here to support a very important campaign.”
When asked about the value of his home, he went on: “It’s rented. We don’t know the value, you would have to talk to my landlord.”
He ended the interview by saying to the reporter, “Snides like you, mate, undermine [the campaign]. You’re a snide.”
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