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Blindboy from The Rubberbandits introduced the concept of gas c*ntism to the Late Late

And outlined his views on the problems faced by young Irish men.

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*ntism”

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*ntism. We use gas c*ntist inquiry as a means of using comedy and entertainment as an artistic medium – so our grounding is very academic and very solid. Gas c*ntism is a type of socially engaged art.

And he was well aware of the power of the 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 last night, 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*ntism 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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