April 26, 2024 - 5:15pm

→ Russell Brand’s Christian rebrand

Russell Brand is taking the plunge (literally) into Christianity, marking the latest step in his transformation from raunchy actor and comedian to public intellectual to, as of this Sunday, baptised Christian.

He took to X on Friday to ask his followers what baptism had been like for them, and what he can expect from the experience.

The English actor, previously named the Sun’s 2008 Shagger of the Year, announced last month on X that he had visited various churches and was considering a baptism, joining a growing cohort of cultural and political commentators converting or returning to Christianity. Days earlier, conservative firebrand Candace Owens announced her own Catholic conversion, while Ayaan Hirsi Ali shared her conversion to Christianity in these pages in November. Will his latest rebrand stick? 

→ Joe Biden hits an all-time low

Look away, Joe Biden fans. The White House incumbent’s latest approval rating is the lowest of any president at this point in a term since at least the 1950s, according to a new Gallup poll.

Biden’s average approval rating has sunk to 38.7%, lower than any president since Eisenhower and the lowest quarterly average of his presidency. It’s an ominous sign for the Democrat, who faces growing voter discontent over immigration and the economy, along with tumultuous campus protests against his support for Israel. Even Barack Obama and Donald Trump, both of whom were struggling in the polls at this point of their terms, were ahead of Biden. Sleepy Joe needs a miracle…

→ Aaron Sorkin writing January 6 film targeting Zuckerberg

Star Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is working on a film about the infamous January 6 insurrection. But for all those fretting about another creative losing his mind to TDS, Sorkin actually has a different target in mind.

In an interview with The Town, the writer had the following to say: “I blame Facebook for January 6 […] It has been, among other things, tuning its algorithm and tuning its algorithm to promote the most divisive material possible, because that is what will increase engagement. That is what will get you to what they call inside the hallways of Facebook the “infinite scroll”.

Sorkin went on to blame Mark Zuckerberg in particular, but wouldn’t expand on why, instead telling listeners to watch the finished product first. The film is only in its writing stage, but it’ll be interesting to see who makes the cast list. Let’s just hope Alec Baldwin doesn’t reprise his Trump role…