I’m a big fan of Russell Brand; I’ve listened to plenty of his web series The Trews, as well as many of his many stand-up routines.
I actually listened to him on Joe Rogan’s podcast the other day as well; he definitely seems to have mellowed out as he’s become older – and a father – and I have to say I prefer this less erratic version of him.
Yeah he’s spiritual, but he seems happy and I’m glad he’s used his voice to speak out about the superficiality of fame and material wealth.
Having said that, his latest comments about tickling, yes tickling, have left me scratching my head.
He told The Daily Star he regrets doing it to fellow comedian David Baddiel’s son Ezra in the past.
He told the newspaper:
“To recall doing this to Ez fills me with dreadful shame and makes me want to punch myself in the face.
“Which is what I will do to anyone who tickles either of my daughters until they are old enough to decide for themselves whether they want to be tickled or not, which by my reckoning is at 35.
“It is an attempt to subvert the child’s bodily autonomy, to take away their right to their own space and peace.
“Would you do it to an adult? Would you insert your rigid fingers into their belly or their armpits? Of course not.”
He also commented that he “loathes” it.
If it makes them laugh, do it. If they say they don’t like it or pull away, don’t. Simple.
— Karen Orchard (@orchard74) 31 January 2019
It’s all gone too far now children enjoy being tickled it’s a great bonding time with your child and the sound of their giggles when they laugh is so sweet makes you smile even on a bad day
— Vicki Ingham (@vicki_ingham) 31 January 2019
Now, of course you have to separate the real sentiment from the humour; I don’t think for one minute he actually thinks someone should be 35 before they can give consent to be tickled, but you’d be surprised by how many people would take that literally.
However, I do disagree with him.
Tickling’s a laugh, especially if it’s a parent doing it to their own child; it’s playful, it’s good for bonding; it’s clean, harmless fun!
Just don’t go round tickling other people’s kids, that’s all.
Then you’re out of order.
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