Brand X Debates WBC & Plays Heaven Or Hell

Leave it to Russell Brand to (somehow) manage an interview with members of the Westboro Baptist Church, best known for their anti-gay signs used while protesting military funerals.

Russell Brand interviews WBC members

What do gay men and Westboro Baptist Church have in common? Russell Brand, obviously!

We're not entirely sure how it happened. Westboro Baptist Church is the most vocal set of people against anything "unholy" in the world. Yet Russell Brand (who's far from saintly) managed to coerce two of its members into joining him on his show, Brand X. What ensued was a mix of something both hilarious and infuriating.

For quite possibly the first time ever, the members of WBC were actually halfway respectful. As a matter of fact, as Brand and his guests carried on a civilized conversation — it was his audience members who became rowdy and out-of-hand. They heckled his guests throughout the interview, much like WBC harasses the grieving family members in attendance at the military funerals WBC protests with anti-gay signage.

As the debate continued, Brand took time to remind us all he is actually quite intelligent, when he questioned their logic by asking,

Have you considered that the Bible, like all religious doctrine, may be allegorical and symbolic, to direct us toward one holy entity of love, as opposed to a simplistic, litigious text to direct the behavior of human beings? The Bible wasn't written by a cosmic entity.

Except WBC believes the Bible was written by the "cosmic entity" of God. How do you argue with that?

In what seems like an effort to help humanize the gay people WBC so adamantly protests and terrorizes, Brand invited some of his homosexual friends to join the debate. The WBC guests clearly didn't know about this, or they would have never shown up. Brand X viewers are glad it happened, though.

Just watch...

Sure, he may have given you the creeps in Arthur, but Brand struck gold with this interview due to the sheer fact that he managed to score it. He then solidified his place in the hearts of many when he got them to play his game Heaven or Hell. Who's going to Hell? Ghandi... among others.

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Comments on "Russell Brand interviews Westboro Baptist Church members"

Jcar December 20, 2012 | 11:54 AM

The Westboro baptists will be interviewed by anyone who will give them a national platform, so all Russel Brand is doing is playing into their strategy. They are like internet trolls in that they seek and thrive off of attention. There's really no reasoning with them, so bringing them on your show to interview them is losing the battle before it's even started. If you want to defeat them the only strategy is to ignore them entirely. Stop giving them a national outlet to broadcast their message. That's the only reason why they escalate their protests...from the funerals of s, to soldiers, to, now, dead children. Because people stopped paying attention to them so they have to get more and more outrageous to grab headlines.

foolfighter December 18, 2012 | 7:31 PM

Russell, you rock, no matter how much hate, intolerance and complete nonsense those two creeps spewed, you kept your composure, wit and humor, I could never ever do that knowing that there is nothing more scary and evil than a nasty combo of ignorance and intolerance. These people are monsters and it is not too far off to consider they are the purest form of candidates for hell. Disturbing and disgusting...bad bad taste in my mouth with these lunatics.

Niki December 18, 2012 | 12:14 PM

Well done, Mr. Brand! The Bible also said "Do not judge one another". I've never seen two people stand in judgement than these two! How can they justify spewing such hatred to people? Whatever happened to "love one another as I love you"? Or how about "forgive as you would like to be forgiven"? It sounds to me like WBC likes to pick and choose parts of the scripture that best suits their agenda! Congrats to you Russell!

Stuart December 17, 2012 | 3:36 PM

well done Mr Brand. I'm not a big fan of yours but credit must be given when it's due. Comedy, at least, intelligent comedy is a powerful weapon against evil. What we can laugh at, we need no longer fear. Brilliant. Oh and Terri, they broke a commandment. Yes, they're hypocrites, but you see (as Russell would have understood) that's the whole point of Christianity. Nobody is able to keep the commandments all the time so God did the Jesus thing for humanity's sake. Christians aren't perfect but they do believe themselves to be forgiven. It's what Christians call 'grace'. WBC are a bad example not because they're imperfect, but because they seem to think that this grace is not for everyone, but only for those of whom they approve. The massive majority of Christians would be ashamed to even be mentioned in the same sentence as WBC.

Terri November 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM

One of the WBC members said "for God's sake" - he just broke one of the ten commandments... hypocrite

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