MTV Host Russell Brand, "Intelligent...Philosophical" Bush-Hater

Times music critic Jon Pareles reviewed Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards in Hollywood, and after the obligatory Britney Spears tribute (she won her first VMAs this year for the video "Piece of Me"),he applauded show host and British personality Russell Brand's offensive anti-GOP, pro-Obama smarminess.

As host, Russell Brand, a manic, intelligent English comedian, injected the show with politics (pro-Barack Obama), raunch and philosophical musings.

Some of Brand's "intelligent" musings from the MTV stage: Calling President Bush a "retarded cowboy" and telling Americans they must vote for Barack Obama "on behalf of the world."

In May 2006, critic Pareles hailed the anti-Bush country band Dixie Chicks (remember them?) as martyrs to intolerant conservative country music fans.