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Is It Your Fault You're Poor? Russell Brand The Trews (E152)

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Russell Brand The Trews (E152). Reaction to a Fox News segment on poverty in the US and UK, and the common argument that welfare displaces work. Subscribe Here Now: http://tinyurl.com/opragcg and send links to video news items of topical stories that you'd like me to analyse.
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Merrilynn Mitten (5 days ago)
That is the Trews and continues to be its a terrible thing that 2% of the worlds population have cash and control government that is why in history governments continue to fail our species
Auspix H (6 days ago)
Anthony Bruno (8 days ago)
5:25 min lol
Zero Control (17 days ago)
:P I love it
Katypie (18 days ago)
How can he say that? I have a friend who lives in the US and he's a hardworking and honest man but every couple of weeks he has to go and sell the PLASMA FROM HIS BLOOD just to make sure his child eats enough . It's fkng heart breaking and these people have no clue. Love Russell Brand!! He's not only on point but funny as fk. Bless him.
Dan Vez (18 days ago)
Russell, i know this is a serious topic but you had me in absolute stitches throughout this 😂 spot on mate!
Persona non grata (20 days ago)
Russell has a lot of opinions on poverty for a guy living in a multi million pound Thameside property. However he did have a heroin addiction...for two weeks.
Clair Rollings (25 days ago)
It's called poverty consciousness. When you feel poor or lacking you will be poor and lacking you are what you think you are. Law of Attraction is the answer. Money is energy and energy is abundant but if you moan on about lack, your realty will reflect that. Think rich be rich.
bob the builder (26 days ago)
40k is more than I make working mu ass off paying shit ton of taxes being single white male so I'm paying all these taxes for lazy fucks to make more than me being a lazy POS now work with me here not all people on welfare are lazy shits but alot of them are worthless
jlcontarino (29 days ago)
Insightful and hilarious, thank you!
Ryan Hatcher (1 month ago)
I love you Russell you have cheered me up 😂 it's crap what world does he think we live in.
Rambo John (1 month ago)
Love him
Beth DeLand (1 month ago)
OMG, Russell could you be he most watched guy online? What views!!!!!!
me ku (1 month ago)
where in the h*ll can anyone in the USSA get $40K a year in welfare payments???
Arno Knoester (1 month ago)
its bad television that's why
TheLightkurosaki1312 (1 month ago)
We must create a revolution! How is it possible to listen to those bs, and accept to hear it knowing it is so wrong?? Were do we start?
TheLightkurosaki1312 (1 month ago)
My God what a shame! Who s that f... bastard?? “Free stuff?” Is he still alive?
truth company (1 month ago)
Sending love to russel.love your treunews.haha.
ridenutube (1 month ago)
Lisa (2 months ago)
I worked in the welfare sector and the participants would laugh at me for working all day. I know the benefits they get and it is far from nothing.
Ninof33 (2 months ago)
Lot of these type of assholes are the ones who keep many people in poverty. They are the ones who take advantage of the poor, manipulate them and pay them shitty salary for hard work. They want to keep the poor in poor and fearful place so they can keep getting richer and richer. Selfish privileged white men.
PAULA HERRON (2 months ago)
Last comment Russel I wish more people were as active in address the threws go you you are a pure loving soul xxx
PAULA HERRON (2 months ago)
Consumerism fuck up society end of makes me so emotional poor people struggle on 50£ a week to feed 3 kids shit cheap processed foods!!!!!! Aarrgghhh what can u injustice is rife xxx
PAULA HERRON (2 months ago)
Ohhhh guilted cage sounds better than my bedsit 😂😂😂totall fanny this guy never had chips n eggs in his life 🤔🤔🤔pint a Guinness pmsl bottle of cider 🤥🤥🤥
PAULA HERRON (2 months ago)
Can't beat egg n chips 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
PAULA HERRON (2 months ago)
I'm poor but work my ass off !! However I'm rich in love and light with spiritual ways xxxxx
Steve steve (2 months ago)
What proper c_nt_ these two richy rich asshats are. They were never poor so how can they understand? Ignore them America. Thank you Mr. Russell.
Ex am (2 months ago)
Lea Carroll-Velasquez (3 months ago)
when did news become opinions and commentary, instead of a reporting of facts and a reveal of truth no matter what side it supports?!
aimey herrera (3 months ago)
Russell thank you, I’ve been up since 4 am hating myself for not properly being able to care for my children. I’ve just fixed their breakfasts and lunches and sent them off to school and I too am off to my classes, finishing my last semester in an IT program. I work and go to classes 7 days a week and there isn’t even a thought of vacation. I consider an evening of watching YouTube with my kids a vacation. I am blessed to be a part of these American poverty statistics. I say blessed because I grew up in an upper middle class family, my parents are boomers, born in ‘48, and they “made it” due to hard work, and by taking advantage of some terrific opportunities and being faithful and supportive of one another. I bought a home 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico when I was 21 years old, I had decent jobs, I had a horrible life event and because of depression, stagnated. Met a “wonderful” educated man, married and had a child at 25. We decided I would stay at home and raise them since he had a large income and we had a very terrific lifestyle. After 10 years, 3 wonderful children and being abused and cheated on for too long, I chose to leave and stay with my parents and try to remember what it was like to feel like a human that had any confidence or courage. Let me get to the point, due to bad choices made with a broken mind, and feeling worthless I ended up with 3 kids living in a rough neighborhood in the poorest county of one of America’s poorest states. I was showered with assistance, $303 a month in food stamps and federal money to go to college. My parents have to help me with my power bill, it is over $500 a month in the summer and $300 in the winter because the house is so old. I’ve had to learn to be a doctor (I haven’t had health insurance in 6 years), a dentist, a plumber, a mechanic, an electrician, just to keep my car running and my house inhabitable. God and our family love is all that keeps this house from caving in. There is barely survival with the government assistance available to me. I am a capitalist, because so far history hasn’t given us any better form of government, but it’s been abused to a point in America that’s its hardly even recognizable. I am so angry that the privileged 1. Believe they’ve done something right and deserving to be wealthy, when clearly it was mostly circumstance and opportunity and plain old luck that created their wealth (I’m happy for them and will be one of them one day). 2. That they judge the poor, while demanding not to be judged themselves 3. Act as if anyone wants to struggle, and it’s some kind of kindness to let people decide between bologna or hot dogs. Gilded cage!!!! It’s a nightmare to never be able to buy your children a yearbook, or their senior pictures, to tell them no to a Beta club convention because you HAVE to have gas in your car! It’s humiliating not having $5 to give in the offering plate at church when your kid ask to put money in. It’s awful to have to turn down the soccer team pizza party invite after a game because you do not even have $3 to spare. There was a time in my life I would have NEVER understood, I mean, come on, your a grown woman and a mom, surely you can get your hands on $3, I would have thought then. I’m blessed to know what poverty actually is, unlike these privileged people who have no idea what they are talking about. I opened my door Saturday because I heard a bunch of dogs barking in front of my house, and an elderly woman was trying to push herself in a wheelchair uphill. It was cloudy and cold, dogs were surrounding her, I asked her what she was doing. She smiled a toothless smile and said, “I’m trying to get to the dollar general to get some food before the rain and snow come” I said “you can’t push that wheelchair up this hill, and the next hill is even bigger”. I pushed her in my driveway and picked her up and put her in my truck, she was covered in her own urine and feces. I went in my house, said a prayer , for my keys and drove her the half mile to the store. I asked how old she was and where she lives and where were her people. She said “I’m 60, I live in that abandoned trailer at the end of the road (so she had already pushed herself a mile when I found her) and I don’t have any people anymore, my parents died when I was 17, my brother died of a drug overdose.” I told her that sucks and I love her. She said she was sorry for smelling like shit and getting it all over my car, that the other people she was squatting with, 2 other elderly woman, told her she either had to get some new diapers or they were going to put her out, but she only had $6 and she needed to eat too. I only had $21 to last for three days, but I had some groceries and gas in my car so I gave her $9 and she bought some diapers and some canned foods and she was so relieved. I stopped and got her some of my clean pants when we passed my house go to hers. She was so thankful. When I came in the house to get stuff to clean the mess in my car my high school senior son asked where I d disappeared to, I told him and we laughed, because she is a new one and he was naming off the others, “Was it the one you take to the doctor, or the one who’s hair you cut, or the one who showers here and gets jugs of water from our hose, or the one you take meals to” and I kept saying “no it’s a new lady” . He hugged me and told me “we are doing all we can mom”. But I’m not satisfied with what I’m doing or what anyone else is doing there is so much more that has to be done, and it can only come from love, and I’m getting so full of hate because of these greedy jackasses! Damn I’m sorry for the rant but I’m just tired and this video was so exactly what I needed to hear this morning, I needed some validation for what is keeping me awake. I pray the spirit of Christ touches hard hearts and love wins❤️❤️❤️❤️💪🏼😢😘
SynergyCeleste (3 months ago)
Russell, I love it when you talk 'Merican! I'm on SS Disability, my income is $12,700 a year... I get $15 in Food Stamps each month, my rent is subsidized, so I only pay about 1/3 of it. I also have a caregiver that I can't really afford, and I am always owing her money. One of the causes of poverty for women is being single, widowed or divorced.
Blue Jay (3 months ago)
As the Merovingian would say: Causality. There is cauz and zer izz an effect I've designed this desert myself
Family Fun Jeannie K (4 months ago)
Russell, your fabulous...everything I've thought these many years you've put words to. Thank you
AaliYah Tova (4 months ago)
Great video Russell !! You’re spot on
Foxesden34 (4 months ago)
Jeez... maybe get morgan Stanley in the mix
TheKeithvidz (4 months ago)
last year 2018 i learned just 8 men control roughly half the whole earth's wealth.
GremGreene (4 months ago)
I love you Russ. You are like Jesus Christ Part II.
GIFTED MISFIT (4 months ago)
Russell, you make some very good points here that could have held up especially well in your recent interview with Candice Owens but i was disappointed to see her run with her talking points without your typically cogent counter-arguments..what happened?
Simone Markl (4 months ago)
I ❤️LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!😂❤️🙏⭐️
Helen Kirby (4 months ago)
See? Karmas real.Brilliant Monty python reference. I say that whenever someone dies. One cross each. My tombstone shall say. Finally
Mario Hernandez Woc (5 months ago)
Hello Russell! As the time of me writing this your net worth is estimated to be $15million. Me, as someone born in favorable conditions, to a "rich" father who, he himself was abandoned at 12, and was below the line of poverty in Guatemala for half his life, feel terribly bad. I am considered rich in Guatemala but adding what my father left me plus my own earnings I still amount for less than 10% your net worth. I think I get your argument, it is ultra rich, politicly involved, people who manipulates government in a way that creates structural obstacles for low income people, but the way you say "it's rich people fault" make me feel not only compelled to defend myself from poor people but also I think makes people hate me without me having actively tried to benefit at the expense of anyone else. Anyway, as someone in a favorable condition I always try to employ people who I believe have great potential but did not have great social conditions when born and that makes me happy. Thing is I can always employ one or two underperforming persons to help get thru a hard time but there is so many people I can do that with before I go bankrupt. How can "rich" emphatic people help?
L P (5 months ago)
I am poor, but if I score with Katy.....I wont care one single bit.
moonlily1 (5 months ago)
Sometimes it is; naturally sometimes people can make bad financial decisions and sure, some people are just lazy and just don't work, but most poor people DO work. The system does not allow mobility, and the middle class buying power is becoming less and less, such that more people who are educated and have job skills are becoming increasingly poorer because wages are stagnant, education is cost prohibitive, and living costs keep going up and up. There are jobs out there and we have almost full employment, but full time jobs with benefits that pay a living wage are increasingly hard to find even for skilled and educated people. Not to mention that student loan debt almost completely cancels out any financial benefit of having a degree in the first place unless you're in an extremely high status job or you're extraordinarily talented. Not everyone can be an architect and nobody can be held to blame for not possessing rarified talents.  And no, welfare benefits are NOT in any way generous.
Ladybugsong101 (5 months ago)
I was looking through these videos ..it’s closing in on the full moon..I feel all this anger..and there are people waiting in line in 30 degree weather for cheap electronics..I have beat the caffeine addiction that I’ve had for years of 2 shift working..but i want to add that this year alone I literally was scammed (intentionally mislead) into taking out thousands of dollars in student loans..my sons doct retires and the new doct charges 5000 dollars an appt we have been going weekly for months before we figured that out..and I got a 10 percent pay cut..how many shifts to do you pick up to cover that? You don’t ..i know if I had a tarot card reading before this i would have been more prepared..but at what point do you just say fuck it..and am I privileged even in that? I am starting my new online home based business sign up now..am I privileged even in that?
George B. Wolffsohn (5 months ago)
Are there no prisons ? Are there no workhouses ?
who limits jobs and wages? the rich. the rich create poverty/the poor. plain as fuckin day
the rich claim to be the most independent while being the most dependent upon their supposed enemy, "the government". btw, ubi × direct democracy are the solutions
america has suppressed wages and removed jobs for decades while reducing the social safety nets. employment is a giant game of musical chairs. poor people arent removing the chairs. 😑
meanwhile the rich are given trillions on the backs of future taxpayers. 🙄
varney is such a douchebag.
Suzanne Blaylock (6 months ago)
That's right Russell, it's the fault of the Rich. Shame on them all.
Alexandra Teran (6 months ago)
Believe-in-you 12134 (6 months ago)
what piss. I have 3 flipping degrees, and I'm working for minimum wage as a bartender. I don't even drink, and I despise the scene hence collage, and on the job training.. All while raising kids on my own. I worked 2 sometimes 3 jobs, and still qualified for help.. Hmmm let's see. maybe earnings should be a prevailing wage where you can actually support yourself. I'm only responsible for myself, and minimum wage will still not cover just me..
Jason Crump (6 months ago)
Russell your brilliant and funny . Lol
Dragostea Din Tei (7 months ago)
Damn. Even on this channel comments are toxic as fuck(
Christine Tilton (7 months ago)
Welfare is a necessity but it shouldn’t be a way of life. Perhaps programs to train and help people get work could be implemented. I also believe that churches need to do more in their particular communities. Help people with housing and job skill training.
Adriana Pusztai (7 months ago)
I like you Russell; you speak the truth.
Art Circus (7 months ago)
Throw up some subtitles!
Amy Jones (7 months ago)
When you're right you're right on
TJ Tampa (7 months ago)
Right on Russell. So glad you know it and say it.
Tim O'donnell (7 months ago)
This is my kind of news! Haven't watched news for a long time
Wayne Power (7 months ago)
Said by.rich smackhead who acks poor to get rich .freak
Beth Clay (7 months ago)
Francesco Albanese (7 months ago)
I would really like to kick these bastards in the ass all around there stupid world!!!
Ophelia Bawles (7 months ago)
"Sounds harsh but it's better than keeping them in a guided cage", made me realise that the rescued rabbits l got from Animal Welfare League are welfare recipients living a cushy life at my hard-working expense, and keeping them in a warm safe place "is stopping them from fighting their way up the food chain through their own individual drive and effort". Sure, l might have a few more resources to manage life in a large city than my bunnies, but l lovingly said my good-byes, and left them in an alley with some stray dogs to fight their way up through the food chain. Sounds harsh but it's better than keeping them in a guilded cage.
unity2 (7 months ago)
Perfection brv🙏
james higgon (7 months ago)
I ask you not 'would you rather be rich or poor?' but 'would you rather work or not work?'. People will happily take a bit less and do nothing for it, than take only a little more but have to get up out of bed in the morning and bother to go to work. You're a decent guy but seem to deny the fact that lots of people are lazy and simply don't want to work.
Elmi Nortier (8 months ago)
A loaf of hatred!!!!💀I died
william sharpe (8 months ago)
Lol I love Russell’s o’reilly voice
SNYC NICESLA (8 months ago)
Love this Russel
Cierra Baker (8 months ago)
It starts with the addictive food. Which highjacks human vibration. Then it’s all down hill from there. Induce the cycle of years of seeing your family broke and broken. But it’s my fault. Because I want this 😂 these fools. America used to be the WORST!
Cierra Baker (8 months ago)
Hahahahahahahaha. I love you so much 😭✨💕❤️😜
Jeremy Pickard (8 months ago)
Without job creation none of the other shit matters
Austin Klein (8 months ago)
In America you have five years for cash benefits. Five years ONLY. And the money may be enough for rent and electric. There's no extra for booze.And it doesn't matter if you have more kids the five years is the limit. This changed in 1993. $4O,000 dollars in benefits where?Food stamps is based on your gross income. If you can get section 8 housing with the waiting list you'd be lucky. I love how the rich for so out touch and do not even know the policies of Welfare.
Willow Tree Center (8 months ago)
At 5:23 I am doubling over with laughter.
ann brewer (8 months ago)
It's a trap! It's a trap! Stuart Varney is a douchebag. Oh God, Russell, this is funny, love the way u interpret these 2 cornballs. I just woke up, and i'm cracking up soo hard right now. Well look who is not on Fox any more, O rielly. These 2 jerks r nothing but fat cats ,they remind me of the 2 old guys on the muppets movie, u know, the 2 old rich men puppets that sit in the opera balconey making fun of other puppets.
Judyandthedreams (8 months ago)
"if hard work and determination were the source of richness and wealth every African woman would be milionarie"
tupak choprah (8 months ago)
I had 2 jobs and was still unable to afford housing, food, transportation, and education.
tupak choprah (8 months ago)
I lived in a shelter and worked myself into having stroke symptoms and never got it checked out bc I couldn't afford medical visits.
SassyL62 (8 months ago)
fuking love you lmao
Renee Dennis (8 months ago)
If you use the word love in place of poverty/poor things would change, the words are ideas and can be changed. Devil's advocate the people on assistance have a natural intelligence that will not allow them to buy into a system that destroys the Earth so we have to provide them with homes money and food because of how we want to live. The idea that being on assistance is negative and that you're lazy don't want to work or are ignorant is put in place for us to try and coax as many of the natural intelligent humans to see things our way and help us perpetuate our way of life.
Shelby’s Tarot (8 months ago)
hilarious & genius
Scenic Cycling (8 months ago)
When it is all said and done the ones that work the hardest, as a rule, go the furthest. I have lived in middle-class neighborhoods and poor ones as well; from my observations, the middle-class has a better work ethic. I.Q. must also be considered in the equation. We can't all own the company so the only fair way to advance is by merit. In other words, no matter your sex, skin color, or religious beliefs, the person that is most qualified, is the one who steps to the front of the line.
Paige Gruen (8 months ago)
Good thing he was talking about this during the Obama administration. There are now more job opportunities for people now and less unemployed and less people on Welfare... I think things are going more smoothly now than it was
shari rood (8 months ago)
I thought Bill O’Reiley was evil enough but Jesus Christ, Stuart Varner is like Darth Vader. Thanks for infusing humor into this depressing subject. America hates its citizens. We are supposed to crawl into a very patriotic hole and die quietly.
Jin Seng (8 months ago)
Fucking morons!!!! 🤢🤪
Mammy Belle (8 months ago)
Not long been on UC, and I can't afford bus tickets!
Adam Robbo (8 months ago)
😂🤣😂 Russell.. youve hit the nail on the head these absolute silver spooned people on the tele an in the media tryin to explain how it works in the real world always makes me laugh .ynwa m8 👍
Chantal (8 months ago)
ratshit partners (11 months ago)
is it your fault your a murderer? poverty? it comes from stupidity, is it their fault their stupid?
Natural Peacock (1 year ago)
Also , we Americans think that 1,000 a month isn't enough, 10,000 a month isn't enough and 100,000 wouldn't be enough This society doesn't know what enough is. Its a land of green greed. How can anyone be rich, when rich isn't enough? The richest man isn't rich enough here. Just ask. "not enough" In this societial ideology of American greed green, no one is rich, we are one step away from rich. So if we are not rich enough, we are poor.
Natural Peacock (1 year ago)
Education is key in these situations to make wise decision . Also dumb role models need to be a little smarter. here in the US the role model woman is Kim Kardashian with 5 father role models (baby daddies) . We look up to these mindless stars smoking some substance, as opposed to leaders with minds of substance.
Natural Peacock (1 year ago)
Economically speaking, its about the society government that is structured where we live. In a communist country, there is a limit in earning. In a capitalistic country, corrupt money can be made, swindeled, honest money can be made, invested, saved, spent wisely.
Natural Peacock (1 year ago)
Yes Its definitely my own fault I'm poor. Poor decision making in purchases, saving, and education. I cant blame the system when my potential is unlimited in USA
pl0xyserver (1 year ago)
ayy that Life of Brian reference at 2:11
Greg Benson (1 year ago)
All this talk about how we have to motivate people to fight their way out shows how little these men understand about mental illness. A mentally healthy and optimistic person will respond to a certain level of adversity with increased positive action. A person whose brain isn't in perfect working order will respond to that adversity by killing themselves, and it isn't their fault. I wish these men could learn to be compassionate, but I guess their fathers must have spanked it out of them.
Nikola Rodman (1 year ago)
Russell is such an entertaining idea that it's a scary thing to think how much the world could be hurt if this idea was attached to just a little bit of intentional negativity. Russell is the best
Raquel Alhaqab (1 year ago)
The Jesus look fits you Russell.
Eliah Holiday (1 year ago)
Worth mentioning there use to be more incentives to work. My grandfather supported a large family and owned his own house all while working a blue collar job. Of course that was in an age when salaries were more in line with the cost of living.
Zaman Fou (1 year ago)
Thank you, Jesus! :Ρ
Simon Parnell (1 year ago)
Fox news are cunts

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