In the age of the Internet, convictions before investigations are becoming more common, and Russell Brand is just the latest example of this.
Several women have come forward to accuse the comedian of sexual abuse, and before there is a real investigation, the censorship police are already getting involved.
Members of the British Parliament have reportedly sent a letter to social media platforms such as TikTok and Rumble, saying they are concerned that Brand could profit from the platforms.
“I am writing to you about the serious allegations against Russell Brand, in the context of being a user with more than 2.2 million followers on the platform,” the letter says.
“While we understand that TikTok is not the creator of the content posted by Mr. Brand and his content may comply with the community guidelines set by the platform, we are concerned that he may be able to profit from his content on the platform.”, The letter continues, noting that Brand engaged in “potentially illegal behavior.”
“I have a big problem with it,” says Sara Gonzales. “You may be accused of something and the UK government will pressure a company, an independent company, to stop paying you.”
“What world am I living in right now?” she asks.
“The Liz Wheeler Show” host Liz Wheeler agrees.
“I can tell you straight up: If the allegations come from anonymous sources and not about the police, but about a news organization 15 years later, then I’m not sure we should give them any credibility,” Wheeler tells Gonzales.
“As a defendant, you must have the right to defend yourself, and you cannot defend yourself if you do not know who your accuser is,” she continues.
Wheeler also points out that as a Hollywood celebrity, Brand likely engaged in degenerate behavior – but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of rape.
“The fact that this is not a criminal allegation, the fact that this is a news story obviously intended to denigrate his character,” she continues, “that should make everyone aware of what this is to our husbands, brothers and sisters means our sons, when an accusation can lead to social ostracism.”
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