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Russell Brand Organizes Stuff Swap!

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Russell Brand has organized "Buy Love Here," a pop-up and exchange shop at the Beverly Center in El Lay, taking place on Thursday, May 27.

The project is described as:

"'Buy Love Here' is a pop up and exchange shop, where for one day money will have no currency. The shop is the brain child of British comic Russell Brand and will take place between 2pm and 6pm on Thursday the 27th of May 2010, at The Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

The idea is to raise debate about the scale of consumer culture and to promote the re-use of products in a surplus society. It is a social experiment to examine shopping habits whilst providing an opportunity for Russell to speak directly with the public and gauge opinion. The day will be filmed as part of an ongoing documentary Russell is currently filming about the pursuit of happiness."

Sounds pretty cool — we plan on checking it out!

What do U think?

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49 comments to “Russell Brand Organizes Stuff Swap!”

  1. 1

    wal-mart will put a hit out on him

  2. 2

    I respect this idea, it makes so much sense…I joined my local "Freecycle" group so I can give my old stuff away and see what's being given, instead of buying things or throwing things away. America is far too wasteful!

  3. 3

    Hate to brake it to him but, we have been doing this in sf for a longggg time

  4. 4

    Holy crap this is actually really cool.

  5. 5

    mario will have 2 million surplus beaver fever t-shits (freudian typo - staying)
    to swap for something…anything

  6. 6

    Doesn't he know proper american gay tea parties are on SUNDAY evenings….???

  7. 7

    He looks like he would smell. He's nasty looking and if I was
    Katy Perry, I would run for the hills and the penicillin !

  8. Kibs says – reply to this


    fucking awesome thinking.

  9. 9

    anyone ever hear of the "free" section on craigslist? I give away ANYTHING that I don't want, and there is always someone waiting for it. I only throw away garbage once a week, if that, and its the size of a plastic shopping bag from the supermarket. I recycle everything, reuse if I can, and compost my kitchen scraps. It's a joyful existance. Knowing you are not partaking in the destruction of the planet.

  10. 10

    that sounds like some commie shit to me. COMMIE!!!!

  11. 11

    i love it! brills!

  12. 12

    people have been doing things like this for a while- women have swap parties and trade handbags and such

  13. 13

    sounds cool, really ? did anyone see the post above this one.

  14. 14

    sorry russell, craigslist did this 6 years ago

  15. 15

    He doesn't have the intellectual capacity to debate anything important in society. NEXT!

  16. 16

    Well.. great idea for the rich douche bags in LA… but the rest of us " small town folk" ( aka PDX) have been doing this for years. They gotta start somewhere I guess. I support it Russell.

  17. Six6 says – reply to this


    What ever Check out HIPHOPNEWS24-7.COM for that Real News and those tru bloggers….

  18. 18

    He's such pretentious idiot and he's a huge consumer and a fraud. He has Karl Marx tattoo yet he's as Marxist as fart in the elevator at Selfridges.

  19. 19

    Thats not a new idea, there was a show when i was a kid called swap shop, shown in Aus and probably in England too.

  20. 20

    Also does anyone else think he looks like Charles Manson?

  21. 21

    oooh, this reminds me of a little box attached to a wall near downtown where i live, and you take what is inside and leave something behind. trinkets, drawings, and such. it is an adorable cycle of hipster-ness and wonderment. i once put a mariah carey perfume sample from the nearby department store in there when there was nothing in it. lol, nobody wanted it, no doubt.

  22. 22

    I think its a wonderful idea-very clever…

  23. 23

    Re: Bö!!!SEMICOLON!!!rte Petrarchia – aww what a lovely idea! Kind of like when people leave books in public places with a note to read them then pass them on in the same way.

  24. 24

    Loves it. . . we do this with everything in San Francisco, no really from produce to clothes trade away. . . take the power of barter back!

  25. 25

    OK — I know you ass-lick Russell Brand like it's your job, (oh…! that it were!) but I love Russell and this is a genius idea. More Russell Brand in this tepid pee-pool we call society, please. Oh yeah, and Perez — you are the one gleefully pissing in the shallow end here - so stop being such a wank and bring up the collective discourse here, shall we?

  26. 26

    Anybody else tired of this guy's face? He should brush his hair or shave or something, he looks unruly and uncouth.

  27. 27

    Re: dooneese – Very much so, he's even got the maniacal glazed eyes down pat.

  28. 28

    he looks utterly soulless. i bet he makes katy do degrading things every time they have sex. this man hates women and looks down on them and has treated every woman he's being with like shit on his shoe. he's also such a narcissist that he could never truly love some one else. all he loves is his ego? sex addict? yeah right. addicted to degradin and demoralising any woman he gets his hands into(and he ain't picky)? yeah, more like it.

  29. 29

    I think it's an ingenious idea!!! I wish they were doing it here! Kudos to Russell for doing his part!

  30. 30

    FANTASTIC!!! Stores should actually do this. People are obsessed with stuff, and getting the newest and latest things. Their old stuff gets throw out when there are lots of people who can't afford the newest stuff. They could trade older stuff for newer stuff, and the older stuff could be sold/traded also. Not everyone can afford new things all the time.

  31. 31

    So what if it's not "his" idea? It's still a good one…though these days with the bedbug situation in NYC and elsewhere I'd put any clothing in a plastic bag and wash and dry (mucho hot) thoroughly before putting in my house (which I'd done before the thought of bedbugs scared the beejeezuz out of me)…and NO stuffed furniture anymore…EVER! Yup…freecycle, craig's list and clothing swap parties are all good ideas in this economy and for the environment. But if you had bedbugs…destroy/chuck everything and don't pass them on!!!

    Charles Manson was never this cute or this fashionable a dresser but I could see what they mean with the intense gaze in the photo.

  32. 32

    fuck sake perez. show my fucking comments you dick. free speech my ass. you are so fucking diplomatic under the showiness.

  33. 33

    Sounds to me like this guy is on board with the zeitgeist movement! Yay!!

  34. 34

    I am so sick of rich people telling us how we should spend our money.

    Ugh…and he needs a good bath

  35. 35

    I like the idea of reusing products. Recycouture is the way to go!

  36. 36

    It has been done before, nothing new.

  37. 37

    I totally wanna go! Too bad I'm in Chicago.

    The idea sounds really cool. And so does his documentary.

  38. 38

    This is for the documentary on Enlightenment, yes?

  39. 39

    brain-child? i think not, this has been done in ny many times..

  40. 40

    Money has value. Money and currency are the same thing! What a dumb ass!

  41. 41

    Um…the barter network has been doing this for two decades…and yes it is a good idea, BUT, he's doing it for 4 HOURS in order to get fodder for his documentary. Is this documentary going to be a non-profit public service presentation? (I highly doubt it.) I believe this is more about his making $$ on his project than about saving the environment.
    Still, in all fairness, I think a documentary about the pursuit of happiness, especially if it were to take a look at the definition of happiness throughout different cultures and different people's perceptions of "happiness", sounds like an interesting project.

  42. 42

    hm. sounds very interesting. too bad i can't attend.

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  45. 45

    Wonder if Katy will make him bathe for such a special occasion?????

  46. 46

    Go to Burning Man fool.

  47. 47

    russell brand

  48. 48

    everytime i look at him… its hard to picture katy and him fornicatin……..

  49. 49

    i love him. the end