Comedian Russell Brand expressed his frustrations with U.S. media coverage of mass shootings.
Brand, 42, blasted the “normalized” coverage of shootings in the aftermath of the 50-plus people killed and over 400 wounded at a shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday. “It’s interesting that America’s ideas about freedom to purchase arms continues to hold the imagination so strongly even after Sandy Hook,” said Brand in a new video.
“It’s sort of tragic that as I’m looking at this, I’m not thinking, ‘What?! Fifty people have died?!’ Instead, it’s like. ‘One of those things has happened,'” the “Paradise” actor continued. “It is already normalized by virtue of the fact it happens a lot.”
Brand asked: “What is it that’s bubbling up from under the surface in the form of violence of this kind?” His answer: “I would argue that it’s extreme unhappiness, extreme darkness, an unaddressed darkness.”
Brand theorizes, “This social phenomena occurring this regularly and our ability to see it as kind of normal is an indication that we need to address the root cause, and the root cause is always the consciousness of human beings on an individual and social level.”
He concluded: “This won’t stop happening unless we change our mentality.”
Brand was scheduled to appear on Monday’s episode of the “Today” show ahead of the release of his book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions; however, the interview was postponed in light of the tragic shooting.