‘Lads’ are more hated than child rapists, says Loaded editor who helped cultivate culture

November 21, 2014 admin No comments

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Dapper Laughs, who was at the centre of a scandal last week after making rape-related jokes during his comedy set (Picture: GC Images)

The loud and boisterous young men commonly referred to as lads are more hated than child rapists, says the former editor of Loaded magazine.

Martin Daubney, who edited the magazine from August 2003 to October 2010, wrote that ‘lads’ are now the least-liked individuals in the country, following a slew of high profile stories involving Julien Blanc and Dapper Laughs.

American pick-up artist Blanc was banned from entering the UK after he was accused of being misogynistic, while Daniel O’Reilly, comedian behind the character Dapper Laughs, lost his ITV2 show last week after an online petition against his rape-themed humour collected thousands of signatures.

‘So it is that in 2014, the most widely hated sub-section of British society aren’t jihadists, child rapists or even politicians, but young, white, heterosexual men who drink too much, make ill-thought out but usually harmless jokes and occasionally use the word “moist”,’ Daubney wrote in the Telegraph.

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Kirsty Wark and Martin Daubney on BBC programme Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes (Picture: BBC)

Daubney attacked those who blamed the subset for all the wrongs in Britain, singling out ‘toxic’ feminists as those responsible for the persecution.

He added: ‘These hollow, token victories not only make modern, online feminism seem increasingly toxic, petty and anti-man: they further fuel the lad’s persecution complex, add to their anger and drive them to more extreme acts of anonymous Twitter hate.’

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He argued in the late 1990s it was cool to be seen as a lad, with prime minister Tony Blair and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher being referred to as such.

Daubney added if we truly wanted to get rid of laddish culture then we should just ignore it.

He wrote: ‘Lads’ many critics would also be wise to note that if you publicly attack something loudly enough it not only creates huge intrigue – Loaded’s success was sealed the day it was vilified in Parliament – but demonise it for long enough and it becomes a call to arms.’

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