The commentary by Russell Brand, The Guardian, 24th July 2011, is about how society should change the way we place and view abusers.
Russel is a former drug addict and therefore he is an expert in the field and in the protracted struggle to overcome the severe and deadly disease.
When Amy and Russell met, she was just one of many. He saw her as one of the many addicts, but when he opened his eyes to her talent for singing, he was speechless.
The structure in Russell’s commentary seems fluent and spontaneous, and it seems like he has written it straight from his heart.
Russell writes and gets around all his knowledge of Amy, from the beginning to her death. In the beginning he tells about how he almost avoided her
as he had overcome the addiction and had entered a new phase in his life, but when he heard about her work, heard her sing, and found out that they had a lot in common he opened up to a new friendship.
“Our media though is more interested in tragedy than talent, so the ink began to defect from praising her gift to chronicling her downfall.” (page 2, line 50-51).
This quote symbolizes the start of his long journey to get people to open their eyes to his message. Here you can see how a young talented woman gets ruined even though she has something to offer.