By Emma Klinker Stephensen
The 2011 England Riots were a series of protests on the 6th and 10th of August 2011. They were a result of the killing of Mark Duggan who was shot dead by the police on August 4 2011 – just two days before the first protest. Although, other factors may have played a part in the rise of the riots, too. The article ”Big Brother isn’t watching you” by famous comedian (and actor, musician and writer) Russell Brand (who is also known as Katy Perry’s former husband) was brought on The Guardian’s website on August 11, 2011, just after the riots in England – often referred to as the 2011 England Riots or the English Spring (as opposed to the Arab Spring in the same period) by the press.
My essay will mainly focus on the style and on Brand’s attitude to the 2011 UK riots.
Brand’s article mostly contains his thoughts on how and why the people behind the riots did this. He sits across the world, in Los Angeles, and looks at his home country whilst trying to comprehend how it came to this.
It is hard to imagine how people can get so angry in a Western country where most of the population is privileged compared to for example most people in all of Africa, India or Indonesia. A lot of people live a poorer life (purely economically speaking) in the aforementioned parts of the world and still the riots of anger, dissatisfaction, unjust and perhaps also because of the feeling of oppression started. In the article Brand briefly criticizes the Home Secretary, Theresa May, with her way of handling the riots, although Brand makes mention of his lack of political knowledge on the last page. Also David Cameron gets his reprimand on the way. “The Tuscan truffles lost their succulence when the breaking glass became too loud to ignore,” Brand writes referring to the fact that Cameron did not break off his holiday in Tuscany, Italy right away. All in all Brand writes with a great amount of sarcasm, which is...