AJ Styles appeared on conservative political commentator Steven Crowder's (he of the "Change my mind" sign) podcast last night - and he had some strong comments on Gillette's divisive "toxic masculinity" advert.
Styles admitted he could not grasp what the commercial was getting at - but was nevertheless frustrated by it:
"When I watched the commercial I was trying to understand who they were talking to. I have a wife, and a daughter - and three boys - but, I think about my daughter. So I had to find out what this was. What was so toxic. And apparently, from what I’m understanding, it was just being mean to women?”
Crowder provoked further annoyance from AJ by defining toxic masculinity as "assuming all men are mean to women whether you know it or not." The former WWE champion agreed that it was "very hard" to follow, before expressing his own views on masculinity:
"I feel like my job as a man is to take care of women. I’m gonna stand up for my wife. I’m supposed to be a provider. I’m gonna take care of her. I’m gonna protect her. [...] Things I think a man should do."
Later in the podcast, AJ was asked about a specific part of the razor company's ad, in which a man 'corrects' a woman in a meeting with a lingering hand on the shoulder. Styles, totally missing the point, exuded: "Well what did she say before? Maybe he's sticking up for her? Maybe she did say something that was wrong."
Styles' appearance on a right-wing podcast isn't news in itself. The Georgian has been completely open about his conservative views and, by extension, his Republican leanings in the past.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.