British comedian-turned-political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday’s general election – now he wants them to vote for Labour.
Brand used his YouTube channel Monday to urge his more than 1 million subscribers to back Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, saying the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron must be stopped.
The last-minute conversion may influence young voters who have read Brand’s best-selling book “Revolution” and embraced his YouTube complaints about big business and banks having too much power.
The long-haired comedian, who has starred in several films, has campaigned for the rights of London tenants and complained about heartless capitalism. He interviewed Miliband last week for his YouTube channel – prompting Cameron to label Brand “a joke” and to condemn Miliband for appearing with the bawdy comedian.
Brand struck back on YouTube.