Saturday 10 December 2016

'Why the f**k aren’t the people who are supposed to be making sense making sense?' - Rubber Bandits' Blindboy has more words of wisdom on the Late Late

Published 19/11/2016 | 10:42

Blindboy Boatclub furthered his role as an advocate for young people
Blindboy Boatclub furthered his role as an advocate for young people

Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits furthered his role as an advocate for young people and impressed last night's Late Late Show audience with poignant comments on everything from sex to money to mental health.

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His previous Late Late appearance featured Blindboy explain the “Holy Trinity of misery for Irish millennials”: emigration, suicide and economic deprivation. He said the reaction to the talk left him “surprised, flattered and saddened.”

“The reaction that people had was like ‘Jesus, he’s talking so much sense!’ And some people were like, ‘Blindboy for President!’” he told Ryan Tubridy last night.

“And it shouldn’t be that way, because I’m a clown, and if the clown is making sense you’re like ‘Why the f**k aren’t the people who are supposed to be making sense making sense?’”

Blindboy said that what the Rubberbandits do is a form of ‘socially engaged art’, which was the topic of study for his Master’s degree.

“At the end of the day we’re artists, and our artistic movement is called ‘Gas C**tism’. We use gas c**tist inquiry as a means of using comedy and entertainment as an artistic medium. It’s a type of socially engaged art,” Blindboy told Ryan.

“Art is frightening to people nowadays; you walk into a gallery and you’re intimidated because you don’t know what the art means. Art shouldn’t be that way; it should be funny, it should be entertaining; art is simply a different way of having a conversation about anything.”

Blindboy spoke candidly about his own mental health issues and said that young people need to be given the tools to encourage good mental health in themselves.

“I went to counselling and now I’ve been free of depression and anxiety for ten years, thanks to things like CBT,” he said.

“I think if you replaced religion in schools with emotional intelligence and CBT, within one or two generations you’d have a confident Irish people.”

He also spoke about sexism as one of the big challenges, for men as well as women.

“There’s a crisis of mental health in young men. I personally think that what these young men need is feminism. Because when I’m talking to lads who are suffering from mental health issues, when I get what they always say to me is ‘I have nothing to offer a woman. How am I supposed to provide for a woman?’”

“The fact is that that is a patriarchal attitude that is no longer needed in the 21st century,” he went on.

“If you think you’re a feminist, let a woman pay for your dinner and see how you feel about that. If you’re cool with it, you’re a feminist, and if you’re not, you need to look at yourself and it’s going to come back and bite you in the h**e in the end.”

The next episode of the Rubberbandits’ Guide to Everything discusses sex and sexuality, exploring issues of consent and discussing fetishes.

“What we grew up with in Ireland was a narrative around sex that was based on morality. The only thing that matters with sex is not morality but consent. There’s people who want to have sex with cars – none of my business, there’s consent!” he said.

“There’s a thing called toucherism, where people simply get sexual gratification from touching another person on a bus, even their shoulder. That is non-consensual and it’s a crime. And you’re better off having sex with a car,” he finished to laughs and cheers from the audience.

The Rubberbandits’ Guide to Everything airs on Monday nights 1t 10.30pm on RTÉ Two

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