Ban tickling kids, punch offenders in the face, says Russell Brand
While debates are ongoing regarding how evil or dangerous a person has to be to merit a fist in the face, the 43-year-old comedian set the bar on retaliatory violence pretty low, saying he would punch anyone who tickled his daughters.
“[Tickling] is an attempt to subvert the child’s bodily autonomy, to take away their right to their own space and peace,” Brand said, defining the word in terms somewhat more grim than Merriam-Webster’s “to touch or stir gently.”Also on rt.com ‘Sexuality expert’ mocked over claim parents need consent for diaper changing (POLL)
Despite his seemingly strong feelings on the matter, Brand’s hatred of tickling is apparently a recent development. The star said that he had tickled a friend’s son in the past, which leaves him feeling enough “dreadful shame” to make him want to punch himself in the face, which presumably would be a consensual act (both on the part of the actor and among the public).
Aside from this extrajudicial punishment for handsy aunts and uncles, the outspoken liberal comedian suggested the practice should be made illegal until a kid is old enough to consent, “which by my reckoning is at 35,” he added.
Imagining Brand’s utopic vision of a world without children’s laughter, some Twitter users were a bit sad to think that some of their favorite childhood memories would no longer meet society’s (or at least Brand’s) ethical standards.
Some felt that Brand might want to give the tickling question a bit more thought in light of professional considerations.
Others were unconvinced by Brand’s virtuous preaching, considering that the actor’s own consent track-record is unlikely to hold up in the #MeToo era.
Some might question the actor’s parenting skills, but at least he is self-aware enough to know the risks of being left alone with his own kids for too long. Brand told the Sunday Times last month that his wife “respects and cares for [the kids’] safety too much” to leave them alone with him for more than 24 hours, joking that he has a “mystical appreciation” for his daughters, but is “not so good on the nappies and making sure that they eat food.”
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