Comedian Russell Brand has become a focal point in what many are calling a relentless campaign against conservatives willing to voice their concerns about the left-leaning agenda and extremism in the United States. A number of women have accused him of inappropriate conduct spanning several years, with these allegations surfacing only recently.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 25, 2023
In a surprising move, Burger King decided to withdraw its advertising campaign from Rumble, a video-sharing platform, after Rumble chose not to demonetize Russell Brand. This decision has ignited a firestorm of criticism.
Burger King wants it their way. Not your way. And the food sucks, so there's that.
— Downtown Fairy (@Downtownfairy) September 25, 2023
Critics argue that Burger King, along with other corporate interests, appears determined to inflict pain on Rumble for its support of Russell Brand. But is this the full story?
Yep! Time to BUD-LIGHT BURGER KING!
— The Sand Reckoner (@EllDee369) September 24, 2023
Rumble offered a response to this controversy in a post on a prominent social media platform, emphasizing that their values stand in stark contrast to those of their competitor, YouTube. Their statement underlined that while it might be politically and socially expedient to join the cancel culture movement, doing so would be a breach of their company’s core values and mission.
Russell Brand himself has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, and many of his colleagues have rallied behind him. Piers Morgan, a prominent figure, came forward to defend Brand, emphasizing the importance of not succumbing to the court of public opinion without due process.
— Rumble – 🏴☠️ $RUM (@rumblevideo) September 20, 2023
Another comedian, Laurence Fox, also took a stand against Caroline Dinenage, Chairwoman of the House of Commons Culture, Media, and Sport Committee, when she advocated for Rumble to remove Brand from their video-streaming platform.
YouTube, meanwhile, took a drastic step by suspending Russell Brand’s ability to earn money on their platform, all without him having faced any formal due process in response to the allegations made against him.
Now, HelloFreshUK has joined the ranks of companies withdrawing their advertisements from Rumble in support of allegations that may well turn out to be false. Fiverr has also removed its ads from Russell Brand’s content, and this is just the beginning.
Burger King is just one among many companies that have hopped on this bandwagon, and there seems to be no end in sight to this divisive issue.
For those who share Rumble’s values, the path ahead is clear: continue supporting the platform and its advertisers who align with their mission of promoting liberty.
It’s a stark reality in corporate America and beyond that individuals who speak their minds, much like Russell Brand, may now find themselves condemned before they have a chance to prove their innocence. The question on everyone’s mind: who will be the next target?