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Condemnation before investigation is becoming all too common in the internet age, and Russell Brand has just become the latest example.
Several women have come forward to accuse the comedian of sexual abuse, and prior to any real investigation, the censorship police are already taking action.
Members of the United Kingdom Parliament have reportedly been sending a letter to social media platforms like TikTok and Rumble, saying they’re concerned that Brand could be profiting off of the platforms.
“I’m writing concerning the serious allegations regarding Russell Brand, in the context as a user with more than 2.2 million followers on the platform,” the letter reads.
“While we recognize that TikTok is not the creator of the content published by Mr. Brand, and his content may be within the Community Guidelines set out by the platform, we are concerned that he may be able to profit from his content on the platform,” the letter continues, noting that Brand has engaged in “potentially illegal behavior.”
“I have a big problem with this,” Sara Gonzales says. “You can get accused of something, and the British government is going to pressure a company, an independent company, to stop paying you.”
“What world am I living in right now?” she asks.
Host of "The Liz Wheeler Show," Liz Wheeler, agrees.
“I can tell you right off the bat that if allegations come from anonymous sources, and they aren’t coming through police, and they’re coming 15 years later through a news organization — I’m not sure that we should give them credibility,” Wheeler tells Gonzales.
“As an accused, you have to have the right to defend yourself, and you can’t defend yourself unless you know who your accuser is,” she continues.
Wheeler also notes that as a Hollywood celebrity, Brand likely did engage in degenerate behavior — but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of rape.
“The fact that this isn’t a criminal accusation, the fact that this is a news report obviously intended to smear his character,” she continues, “that should awaken everyone to the implications of what this means for our husbands and our brothers and our sons if an accusation can cause social ostracization.”
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