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Russell Brand Is Getting Completely Slammed For Hypocritical Mansplaining 17 Minute Video On Cardi B’s ‘WAP’

Not surprising really.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion dropped ‘WAP’ just over a week ago and it seems like the world will never be the same after the feedback that it has received.

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The song has proved so controversial that it’s even inspired Russel Brand to crawl out of whatever hole he’s been hiding in – honestly haven’t heard from him about anything for ages and he used to be everywhere – to post a 17 minute video online discussing his thoughts about it. It’s 17 minutes so there’s a lot going on in it but ultimately he kinda said that he thought it was great they were doing this and celebrating the female form, but he wasn’t sure if they should be doing it in this way as it was akin to pornography which has always been viewed from the male gaze. Deep?

Here’s the full video and a couple of quotes so you can make up your own mind:

I think that in a sense we are not ambitious enough about what we are aspiring to culturally.

I wouldn’t be so reductive and simplistic to say that women celebrating their bodies using an aesthetic that’s conventionally been associated with the male gaze means it’s impossible that these tools could be used as a vehicle for liberation.

But I am saying that in a sense it’s still the same metric, it’s still the same aesthetic, it’s still the same values, it’s still the same ideals.

It’s still ultimately a sort of capitalist objectification and commodification of, in this case, the female. I’m not suggesting that they aren’t powerful auteurs and powerful creators, I’m saying that we ought to be aspiring to an entirely different set of values, not who has the power within an established set of values.

So philosophical. Unsurprisingly, given that Russell Brand used to literally make women queue up outside toilet stalls to shag him and once described himself as ‘Shagger Of The Year’, people on Twitter were quick to point out the hypocrisy of him offering such a detailed opinion on WAP:

There were some people who jumped to his defence though as well with this comment probably being the best out there:

So what to make of this then? I guess Brand is entitled to his opinion – as everyone seems to be regarding WAP – but I think in the current cultural context it was probably naive to record a 17 minute video about it and not expect to come across like an absolute tit. Not really sure what he thought he was going to accomplish with that or if he really sees himself as a bastion of feminism or wokeness considering his past? Really strange decision from him.

Most of the time it’s probably best to just stay quiet on things that have nothing to do with you because you’re almost certainly gonna start a shit storm whatever you say. I suppose Russell Brand is probably used to that by now though, but even so this 17 minute video seems a bit unnecessary and isn’t really accomplishing that much? I guess people are talking about it which is somewhat positive, but it just seems so pointless and reductive from him. Try harder.

For more of the same, here’s Cardi B scientifically explaining why some women have dry vaginas. Thanks Cardi!

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