Why aren’t more American celebrities like Russell Brand?

Comedian Russell Brand is taking on the media by "analyzing" news clips in his new YouTube series, "The Trews." Here's a sampling of his take on coverage of the Gaza conflict, immigration and celebrity scandal. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

Most American celebrities aren’t jumping at the chance to take on the media these days.

Russell Brand has made it a part of his identity.

The British comedian, who used to be married to pop star Katy Perry, has his own YouTube  show called “The Trews,” (a blend of the words “true” and news”) in which he spouts his opinions on the major news of the day and takes on the media—apparently his favorite past time.

“This YouTube channel is going to analyze media; it’s going to dismantle media,” Brand said in the debut video of the channel. “It’s going to create a new frequency of truth.”

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

Brand famously hijacked the “Morning Joe” show (in the absence of Joe Scarborough) by doing everything except being a proper television show guest: flirting with the female host, talking about the media, messing up the furniture and mentioning Edward Snowden. We’re pretty sure MSNBC won’t be inviting him back any time soon.

Now he does all that and more on his own YouTube channel — albeit in his house or wherever he is in the world.

Brand has posted more than 100 homemade YouTube videos since debuting “The Trews” in February, each getting tens of thousands of views.. He isn’t afraid to take on those difficult topics that American celebrities do their best to avoid. Recent episodes, which typically last 10 minutes, have taken on Fox News, the Hobby Lobby decision and the conflict in the Middle East.

Just check out these titles:

Does Fox News Want Us to Be Racist?

Middle East Conflict. What should we think?

Can You Trust Rupert Murdoch?

Is it wrong to pay for sex? 

Can you imagine Kevin Hart talking about such topics?

Every few episodes he’ll take on something a little lighter like the boy band One Direction, or celebrities and weight gain.

In a strange reflection of media today, websites are beginning to cover the series. The Huffington Post recently talked about Brand’s takedown of Fox’s Sean Hannity. And then of course, there’s this post.

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