It’s been a minute since I’ve heard the name Russell Brand––and probably for good reason as the comedian, ex-husband of Katy Perry and former sex addict is back…and making a full-blown ass of himself online by, what many are claiming is, mansplaining Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s video for WAP. Not only does Russell compare it to porn, but he even throws in a few mind-melting comparisons to Thatcherism.
According to NME, Russell shared a video to his Twitter page on Friday, titled “WAP: Feminist Masterpiece or Porn?”, after everyone (read: no one) asked for his thoughts on the WAP video. Russell launched into things by asking whether women “achieve equality by aspiring to and replicating the values that have been established by males.” Fortunately, Russell felt qualified enough to answer his own questions and continued on for another SEVENTEEN minutes while wearing a streched-out shirt that looks like it’s been trying to get further and further away from him for years.
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) August 14, 2020
But the gems didn’t stop there. Russell admits that he was “spellbound” by the video because he’s “aware of the power of female sexuality” but said he isn’t sure “if it demonstrates progress.”
“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.”
As a result of Russell Brand’s thoughts, he was called out online. And since Cardi B has already finished explaining herself after CeeLo Green and Carole fucking Baskin of all people, decided to come for her, the rest of the internet schooled Russell instead:
I really don’t want to be taught feminism by Russell Brand. But I look forward to Louis CK’s thoughts on why Beyoncé is getting it all wrong. https://t.co/is7aPEiyhZ
— DeborahFrances-White (@DeborahFW) August 15, 2020
tldr Russell Brand is saying that WAP isn’t feminist because men rapped about sex first and Cardi & Meg are just “emulating” previously established male ideals. This from the guy currently “emulating” Captain Jack Sparrow if he shopped at Hollister https://t.co/ISPSugTY3z
— caitie delaney (@caitiedelaney) August 15, 2020
Imagine giving a shit what Russell Brand thinks about literally anything https://t.co/rcb6OFcLZa
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 15, 2020
At one point during his video, Russell even brought up former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, saying that she was not a feminist as she was “extolling [and] espousing male values.”
Here’s the full video of Russell going on about equality, and yes, this is coming from the man who screams and runs in fear every time his wife asks him to watch their children for more than a minute.