Russell Brand is going to need some money for lawyers soon, but he certainly won’t be getting it from YouTube…
As Perezcious readers have likely heard by now, the controversial comedian has been accused of some pretty disturbing things over the past few days… From sexual assault, rape, and emotional abuse allegations from MULTIPLE women — including one who was just 16 at the time — to some rather unsavory interviews popping up from back in the day that don’t necessarily help his innocent plea. We’re definitely witnessing the beginning of his very public downfall. And it looks like some major companies are beginning to distance themselves from him.
Early Tuesday morning, YouTube announced that it had “suspended monetization” from Russell’s channels due to its “Creator Responsibility policy.” The video sharing site wrote in a statement, “If a creator’s off-platform behavior harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community,” firmly adding:
“This decision applies to all channels that may be owned or operated by Russell Brand.”
Russell, of course, has several YouTube channels where he’s more recently come to spout right-wing, conspiracy theorist, anti-vaxx jargon.
But YouTube isn’t the only platform taking action…
On Tuesday, the BBC announced they are removing some of the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star’s content from their platform as it now “falls below public expectations.” They wrote in a statement:
“The BBC does not ban or remove content when it is a matter of public record unless we have justification for doing so. There is limited content featuring Russell Brand on iPlayer and Sounds. We’ve reviewed that content and made a considered decision to remove some of it, having assessed that it now falls below public expectations.”
Obviously he’s been a guest on a great many shows over the years. The outlet noted that as of now, an episode of comedy quiz show QI and a Joe Wicks podcast, which both feature Russell, have been removed. It’s unclear what else will be, or what makes those special — maybe he made some kind of off-color jokes? It wouldn’t be the first time.
Brand isn’t facing any official charges yet, but that may actually be coming. In any case, the multiple accusations from several women are enough for now.
Do you think this was an appropriate move, Perezcious readers?? Let us know in the comments down below!
[Image via Russell Brand/YouTube]