Russell Brand was recently accused of having abused and raped several people. This was stated in a documentary created by Channel 4 Dispatch, in collaboration with The Sunday Times and The Times of London. As a consequence, the actor and podcaster had his YouTube content demonetized. According to reports, the U.K. Parliament tried to get another platform to do the same, but it refused.
Chris Pavlovski, CEO of Rumble, the platform that is home to Brand's show, announced on social media that he received a letter from the British government requesting that he cancel the actor's show. The letter invited the company to follow in YouTube's footsteps and also demonetize Brand’s content.
Pavlovski took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share the events. He posted the letter he received and Rumble's response, which refused to accept the request.
Attached is the letter from the UK Parliament. pic.twitter.com/MdeYrlt06J
— Rumble - 🏴☠️ $RUM (@rumblevideo) September 20, 2023
The letter, which is signed by Dame Caroline Dinenage, chair of Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport committee, invited Rumble to follow YouTube and demonetize Brand’s content. It described the actor's situation and invited the Rumble CEO to take action.
Pavlovski did not take kindly to the request, publishing a letter of his own in response.
"Although it may be politically and socially easier for Rumble to join a cancel culture mob, doing so would be a violation of our company's values and mission. We emphatically reject the U.K. Parliament’s demands," the official response stated.
"The attacks on Rumble are relentless, from all angles, and accelerating. Having the support of the people to defend what's right (constitutional values) is all I need to keep taking the punches and moving forward. I can never thank our supporters enough for getting behind us," Pavlovski wrote on X.