Russell Brand called out for "mansplaining" Cardi B's WAP music video
17 August 2020, 15:02 | Updated: 5 October 2020, 11:11
"What you’re doing here stinks of misogynoir. You are in *no* position to critique how Black women *choose* to express themselves."
Since the release of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's 'WAP' video on August 7th, it's been a topic of fierce debate. From Kylie Jenner's cameo in the controversial video, which even triggered a petition that campaigned for her removal, to the unwanted think pieces from conservatives who thought the song was too raunchy, everyone had something to say because apparently women can't discuss sex.
Case in point, Russell Brand who, for some reason, opened up his mouth to critique the 'WAP' video. On Friday (Aug 14), Russell shared an almost 20-minute "analysis" of the video that absolutely no-one asked for.
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In the video, the actor and comedian basically argued if the video is a "feminist masterpiece or porn". Russell said that men have been making music featuring overly explicit and sexual language for years. So if women try to imitate the template that was originally established by men, it’s not actually empowering. "Is it equality if the template has already been established by a formal dominator? The answer is no," he said.
Russell even compared the video to the leadership of Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (??) saying: "The values she extolled, espoused and conveyed were male values. She was a woman-man. She was a very, very powerful person but her premiership did not lead to more opportunities for women, more success for women, conventional female values such as nurture, caringness, equality."
Needless to say, Russell's lecture on feminism was not well received considering his own history with women.
This man divorced Katy Perry through a text message half an hour before she was supposed to do a show, he’s the last one to speak on how women should be treated https://t.co/z3xxME3EiP— melv (@manisego) August 15, 2020
not russell brand building his entire career on being a shagger and thej turning around to say “THAT’S ONLY OKAY WHEN I DO IT” https://t.co/PdR5kjIxZi— G 🧢 (@oneofthosefaces) August 15, 2020
Congratulations to Russell Brand for mansplaining to women how they should enjoy WAP & their own sexuality. pic.twitter.com/SlXZuFEUc1— Achy Breaky JenBren (@jenbren1976) August 15, 2020
You should’ve really stayed in your lane. What you’re doing here stinks of misogynoir. You are in *no* position to critique how Black women *choose* to express themselves. Your facade of being conscious is slipping and the racist is showing.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) August 15, 2020
And also any analysis that doesn't take into account the context of racialised and gendered notions of sexuality and what it means for BLACK WOMEN to reclaim that audaciously is inane and ahistorical xoxo. But also yes ur showing too much cleavage— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) August 15, 2020
LOL at Russell Brand giving off about WAP being ‘reductive’ and counterintuitive to ‘female equality’ when he rang up Andrew Sachs and sang “it was consensual and she wasn't menstrual" at him about having sex with Sachs’ granddaughter— Sorcha Ní Nia (@Luiseach) August 14, 2020
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
The fact Russell Brand thinks women displaying sexuality is them emulating men, rather than seeing them as equally sexual beings really summarises the problem with this take imo https://t.co/g96LEss64e— H (@_hayleydeans) August 15, 2020
In conclusion… STAY OUT OF WOMEN'S BUSINESS.