It isn't often your opinion of someone changes totally over a very short space of time. I just watched an absolutely extraordinary conversation between Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand. Well worth watching - here are a few snippets.
No-one cares about religion any more... because we've been fed this grey sludge of celebrity glittered up and packaged and lacquered and sent directly into our brains by the media.
If you are pursuing [celebrity] for its own end, that's absolutely ridiculous.
[Paxman]Do you ever worry you're going to burn out?
[Brand] Well, I'm going to die, so yes.
Growing up, I wanted to be famous and now I am famous, and what does it mean? Ashes in my mouth...
Hat Tip to Marcus at Digital H20.