Pro-Life Group Upset Russell Brand Attacked Sarah Palin on Abortion on MTV
by Steven Ertelt
September 12, 2008
Hollywood, CA (LifeNews.com) — The millions of teens and young adults watching the MTV Video Music Awards noticed the feud between British comedian Russell Brand and pro-life singer Jordin Sparks over abstinence. But what they didn’t see was an attack on vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin over abortion.
Brand’s attack was even too strong for MTV, which told the actor to remove it from his monologue during the awards show.
Brand, who told Americans to vote for pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama during the ceremony, planned to attack the Alaska governor over her daughter’s pregnancy.
"They asked me to tone down the gags about Sarah Palin," he told the London Telegraph about his planned line. "I wanted to say she was forcing her teenage daughter to have a baby because she is so anti-abortion."
"But also, as a Republican she is pro-execution so she is going to give her the electric chair for being a little slut," Brand said he planned to say. "They weren’t keen on that one."
Though the music television network didn’t air the comments, it was happy enough that Brand pulled in a 20 percent higher audience that it plans to ask him to host next year’s awards.
Brand’s jokes on Palin reportedly didn’t go over very well with some of his fans and the local audience, and the pro-life advocates at the youth-based pro-life group Rock for Life were upset too.
Erik Whittington, the head of the group, said he wasn’t surprised Brand stooped to attacking Palin as it recalled he is a former MTV UK host who was fired for coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"Apparently considered a comedian in his native UK, Brand targeted Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin and her family with some pretty crude remarks, including calling Bristol Palin’s pregnancy a ‘public relations stunt,’" he said in an email to LifeNews.com.
"You and I know that children are blessings, so to suggest someone would sink so low as to do that is pretty sick," he added.
"Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston made a mistake, but they are keeping their child and getting married. Isn’t that a good thing? Apparently, Russell and MTV don’t think so. Shame on them," Whittington said.
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