Russell Brand has always been a bit of a controversial figure, but his latest comments have seen him likened to none other than Joe Rogan.
The comedian has a huge following on his YouTube channel, where he regularly shares his thoughts on current goings on in the world.
Most recently, he's been talking at length about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, telling his fans that all may not be as it seems.
Over a series of posts, the 46-year-old has said people shouldn't 't just take the 'mainstream narrative' as gospel, and they should question things, such as US involvement in starting the war.
He's also taken the opportunity to have a dig at Canadian president Justin Trudeau over his handling of the truckers' protest earlier this year.
While at pains not to compare Trudeau with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Brand said he wasn't exactly the right person to be calling the dictator out.
He said that 'if the reason that this war is wrong' is down to 'democratic principles' then you have to promote democracy in your own country.
Adding: "What you can't do is claim to be an exemplar of democracy if whenever you get the opportunity to be tyrannical, you take it."
The comic was referencing the Emergencies Act, which Trudeau invoked on 15 February, giving him the power freeze the assets of anyone linked to the truckers' protests.
His comments have seen him criticised by some, and even compared to the podcast juggernaut that is Rogan.
There have been calls for the UFC host to be pulled from Spotify over his controversial interviews during the pandemic and old clips of him that recently resurfaced, where he makes a number of deeply offensive remarks.
Hitting out at Brand, one user said: "People being surprised Russell Brand is basically Joe Rogan dressed as Jack Sparrow at a wellness retreat, clearly haven't been paying attention.
"He began his commentary career advising kids not to vote - reflecting his really shaky grasp of how power works."
Sharing a screengrab of some of his videos, another wrote: "The internet broke Russell brand."
the internet broke russell brand pic.twitter.com/w9Xsa3iNea— SocialistBoomer 💎 (@socialistboomer) March 14, 2022
"Russell Brand is the Joe Rogan of England. And Joe Rogan is the barely sentient potato of whatever room he’s in," quipped a third.
While another added: "Ben Shapiro, Joe Rogan, Russell Brand, Tucker Carlson...
"Male mediocrity has never been such a valuable commodity."
Some, however, are seeing the comparison as a positive, praising Brand and Rogan for 'saying what we're all thinking'.
Celebrating the pair, one fan said: "The UK has a Joe Rogan. His name is Russell Brand.
"He's poking at sacred cows and saying all the things people are thinking—but don't quite have the courage to say publicly."
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