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Rubberbandits' Blindboy tells the Late Late that young men with mental health issues 'need feminism'

The Limerick act’s frontman had his say on the Rubberbandits’ art while he was at it.

blindboy Source: RTÉ

BACK IN JANUARY, The Late Late had a panel discussion on the upcoming 1916 centenary celebrations – and Blindboy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits was the star of the show.

Last night, he was back on – this time by himself.

And he introduced the Late Late audience to “gas c**tism”

Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube

Now, long-time followers of The Rubberbandits will know very well what that term means, but Blindboy explained it for those that might not be so familiar:

We view ourselves 100% as artists. 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 – so our grounding is very academic and very solid. Gas c**tism is a type of socially engaged art.

And he was well aware of the power of language on primetime TV:

I’m saying it, you’re not saying it. I’m a bit annoyed, because one of the reasons I called it that is because I want to have an art movement that I can’t say on the Late Late and now I’ve just done it.

The conversation then moved on to other matters – like the problems faced by young men in Ireland

blindboy2 Source: RTÉ

In one of the highlights of his appearance, Blindboy said that Irish men need feminism:

I personally think that what these young men need is feminism – because when I’m down in Limerick speaking to lads that I know who are suffering from mental health issues, when I actually speak to them and get to the core of ‘what’s bothering you man?’ what they always say to me is ‘I have nothing to offer a woman’.
The fact of the matter is that is a patriarchal attitude that is no longer relevant to us in the 21st Century.

Watch the segment in full here

Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube

And just like last time, his straight-talking style won over viewers in their droves

blindboy3 Source: YouTube

Finally, gas c**tism has hit the national agenda – and Blindboy has plans to add to his Masters

Another seminal telly moment provided by The ‘Bandits

With some very important points being made

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Written by David Elkin and posted on

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