Celebrities are wholly engaged in a game of whack-a-leftist-mole to acquire more fans and followers. Instead of the classic way — just using talent. On today’s menu: baseless ideas of “toxic masculinity” and harmful “gender roles.”
Enter apparent pansy John Legend, with shameless pandering:
Interviewer: The topics of Masculinity and race are on the forefront of everybody’s minds right now because of the political climate. But actually, they are not even really tied to politics. These are kind of an evergreen issues. As a boy growing up in Ohio, is there anything that you wish you had known then about what it would be like to be a black man in America today?
Pause. Framing a question with leading statements is called “leading the witness” and is supposedly a big no-no in the world of journalism. Keyword = supposedly. It’s typical nowadays. Unpause.
John Legend: Well, being young is so interesting because you’re just trying to figure everything out. You don’t even know, you don’t even think about the idea of masculinity in that term.
But as a kid you’re not really understanding it as such, you’re just seeing it as this is what boys are likely to do and this is what girls are likely to do.
Right, because boys and girls are different. So says science.
And then I think there’s a whole other expectation that comes with being a black man. I think we’re expected to be even more masculine than other men are. Some of this expectation we put on ourselves, I think, to some extent. But it’s also driven from other people, as well as from the broader phenomenon of hyper-masculinity. This manifests itself in a lot of ways that can be really harmful for us and for the people we interact with, women in particular.
We’re being indoctrinated pretty early on.
God forbid men play the role of protector, provider, or badass. No, no. Sustaining the safety of women is totes harmful (see Cosmo Tells Women To ‘Avoid Gun-owners’ and Stick to Beta-Male Pansies…). Mr. Legend was merely pandering to the she-interviewer who was leading with “set-up” questions. Why? He wants more blue-haired fans to add to his pansy garden of yellow-bellied tulips. How pretty.