RUSSELL BRAND BACKS NEWSPAPER BAN ON TOPLESS WOMEN
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - British funnyman Russell Brand has thrown his support behind a campaign to ban pictures of topless women from U.K. newspapers.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is supporting the No More Page 3 drive, named after the infamous third page feature in Britain's The Sun which has included snaps of semi-naked models since 1970.
Brand has revealed he was introduced to the campaign by his writer/activist girlfriend Jemima Khan and posted a picture of himself holding a T-shirt
emblazoned with the group's slogan on his Twitter.com page, adding, "Finally, through the love of a good woman, teenage, sexist me was slain. No more
Page 3... Thank Jemima Khan for the wake up call."
The funnyman's backing has drawn mixed reactions from some of the initiative's supporters, with many criticising the star over his womanising past, but campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes hopes Brand can help raise awareness.
In a blog for the Huffington Post, she writes, "I'm not saying here I agree with all Russell Brand does or says, he's definitely done things that I wouldn't be able to align myself with at all... (But) he's quite brilliantly placed to communicate the dangers of a media, which offers one gender up as bodies to be consumed and judged by the other, in a witty and accessible
way that could reach millions.
"Some people have said he can't change and have not welcomed him speaking
out, I can understand this, but I can't join them. Surely what we're doing
here is raising awareness in the hope that people will change."
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