Russell Brand continues to become better known for his candid political attacks than his comedic acts.
This time, the 39-year-old has become involved in a tit-for-tat online feud over the highly sensitive Israel-Gaza conflict with a Fox News presenter.
Last week the British actor, author and comedian posted a video accusing Fox’s Sean Hannity of “behaving like a terrorist”.
The video, posted on Brand’s satirical YouTube channel ‘The Trews’, was a response to a segment Hannity filmed on the crisis.
In the clip, Brand accused Hannity of being pro-Israel and of bullying his guests.
“Sean’s not interested in truth,” Brand says, “Hannity is only interested pushing a particular perspective.”
Hannity repeatedly asks a Palestinian-American guest about how he would feel if missiles were being fired into his neighbourhood, before interrupting his attempts to answer.
Hannity also asked whether the guest, Yousef Munayyer of The Palestine Centre, was “thick in the head” before yelling “Is Hamas a terrorist organisation I’m asking you a question… Answer, answer the question! You’re a guest but you don’t get to filibuster the question.”
“One definition of terrorism is using intimidation to achieve your goals,”