Russell Brand wants tickling children to be outlawed until they’re old enough to consent and vows to punch anyone who does it to his daughters because it ‘violates their space’
- Brand, 43, says tickling should be banned because it ‘subverts bodily autonomy’
- He admitted he regrets tickling his friend David Baddiel’s son Ezra in the past
- Comedian recently faced a backlash for saying he hasn’t looked after two daughters Mabel, two, and Peggy, six months for 24 hours at a time on his own
Russell Brand, 43, promised to ‘punch’ anyone who tickled his daughters Mabel, two, and Peggy, six months, claiming it ‘violates their bodily autonomy’
Russell Brand has called for tickling children to be banned because it ‘violates their space’.
The comedian, 43, promised to ‘punch’ anyone who tickled his daughters Mabel, two, and Peggy, six months, claiming it ‘violates their bodily autonomy’.
He told The Daily Star he regrets doing it to fellow comedian David Baddiel’s son Ezra in the past.
He told the newspaper: ‘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 said he ‘loathes’ it when people tickle children and believes they are ‘not old enough to decide for themselves’ so it should be outlawed.
Brand is married to TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher’s sister Laura, 31, who he lives with in a quiet Oxfordshire village.
He recently came under fire for admitting he has never spent 24 hours alone with their two daughters because their mother is more suited to the role.
Brand is married to TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher’s sister Laura, 31 (pictured together in London in November) who he lives with in a quiet Oxfordshire villag
He told The Sunday Times: ‘She wouldn’t go away for 24 hours, Laura.
‘Laura’s able to sustain and maintain domesticity in a way that’s astonishing. I didn’t have much experience of how to organise domesticity. I do whatever I’m told.
‘It turns out that she is extremely well versed in the nuances and complexities of child-rearing.’
He admitted he is ‘too sensitive’ to change nappies and his ‘romantic, reflective, religious world view’ prevents him from being a full-time parent.
The comedian says he regrets tickling his friend and fellow comic David Baddiel’s (second right) son Ezra (right) in the past