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Russell Brand causes storm with Weston-super-Mare 'junky town' Twitter comment

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

Russell Brand said Weston was a ‘junky town’ on Twitter

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Controversial comic Russell Brand has created a storm in a seaside town – by claiming it is full of drug-taking junkies.

The long-haired funnyman, 37, offended locals after he took to Twitter to advertise his forthcoming show in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Writing to his five million followers he proclaimed “let me take you to junky town” before giving fans the date of the Weston performance on September 4.

Officials in the town slammed his comments and urged him to walk around when he comes to the Playhouse Theatre to perform his one-man stand-up show.

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David Hitchins, Weston’s mayor, said: “It is disappointing because I don’t think he has given the town a fair chance or the people who are working here for the good of the town.

“It’s annoying he has chosen to say this about the town when he clearly hasn’t been here for a while and there are a lot of people here working hard for the benefit of Weston.

“When he comes I think he should have a good look around the town and see the real Weston.”

Weston-super-Mare had previously been known for its large number of recovering drug addicts.

The number of drug rehab spaces in Weston has nearly halved in the past six years – a figure that was hailed as “really impressive progress” by the town’s MP John Penrose.

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  • DockLobster  |  September 06 2012, 8:17PM

    He is right though, and anyone who lives there or has visited will know he's right...

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  • lolly60  |  August 31 2012, 7:57PM

    He should know he is one of them

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  • Samantha1883  |  August 31 2012, 7:48PM

    If he had taken to twitter to advertise his coming show then he has certainly done an excellent job of it as has now scored himself some free advertising in the local papers. Think the man may be smarter than he looks!

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  • PortisheadAH1  |  August 31 2012, 5:48PM

    Surely Weston locals are far more "offended" by what goes on in Weston Town Hall? I doubt Russell will batter an eye at these comments knowing he has sold out in Weston and Bath. Anyone got a ticket for sale please?

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  • Bristolexpat  |  August 31 2012, 5:31PM

    He might be an ****, but we are all pretty much thinking the same as him......

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  • anitt  |  August 31 2012, 3:50PM

    Perhaps it's where his dealer lived.

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  • PattersonG  |  August 31 2012, 2:51PM


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  • BCFCfinker  |  August 31 2012, 2:03PM

    When I joined the forces I was greeted by the old chestnut 'I can't read and I can't write, but I can drive a tractor' And I gave back as good as I got. No doubt he's hoping for some audience participation.

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  • dayofthedog  |  August 31 2012, 1:53PM

    I don't like the guy to be honest, he reminds me of 'Timothy' from rent-a -ghost. WSM has its faults sure, but I am sick of hearing Russell Brands whiny, put on voice along with his daft medieval jester sense of style. How he has become so successful is simply beyond my comprehension. He ain't no Tommy Cooper, and that's a fact.

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  • swrural  |  August 31 2012, 11:38AM

    I am afraid so many seaside towns have had this issue. I think it may originally have had to do with the number of rooms to let following the downturn in people taking holidays in UK (or in those locations anyway). This goes back decades.

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