Russell Brand called out for "mansplaining" Cardi B's WAP music video

17 August 2020, 15:02

Russell Brand criticises Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion's 'WAP' music video

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"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 Brand and Cardi B
Russell Brand called out for "mansplaining" Cardi B's WAP music video . Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images, Cardi B via YouTube

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.