Russell Brand rips coverage of Chapel Hill shootings: ‘We can’t all send hashtags about parking spaces’
Comedian Russell Brand tore into Fox News and other outlets on Monday for the discrepancies in their coverage of the recent shootings in Copehagen, Denmark and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
“The Chapel Hill murders are being presented as ‘this lone mad individual who’s really aggressive about his parking space — we’ve all been there,” Brand said in a new installment of The Trews. “But Muslim murders are seen as motivated by a book and a religion, so we can go over there and do what we want. It’s okay to condemn them.”
On Monday, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks was indicted by a grand jury in connection with the deaths of a married Muslim couple, 23-year-old Deah Barakat and 21-year-old Yusor Abu-Salha, as well as Abu-Salha’s 19-year-old sister, Razan Abu-Salha.
However, Brand observed, many news outlets are not questioning investigators’ initial assessment that the execution-style shootings were the result of a parking dispute, despite public criticism. Instead, media accounts so far have tried to paint Hicks as a “crazy lone individual.”
“That’s convenient because there’s not a global ideology about parking spaces, is there?” Brand says. “We can’t all get behind that. We can’t all send hashtags about parking spaces. But if it was the murder of Muslims because there’s a climate where Muslims are constantly villified or looked at suspiciously, where there are cartoons of them looking animalistic, then it might seem like had a bit more weight behind it.”
Meanwhile, coverage of 22-year-old Omar el-Hussein, who was suspected of shooting two people dead in Denmark before being killed by police was more “familiar,” Brand said, because el-Hussein was a Muslim with a violent history.
But according to Brand, what often goes unsaid is the fact that, as Think Progress reported, less than 2 percent of terrorist attacks in Europe were “religiously motivated.”
“I can’t get my head around that, because I can’t think of what the other 98 percent are,” Brand said. “Because I never hear those stories.”
Watch Brand’s latest commentary, as posted on Monday, below.
[h/t The Daily Dot]