On June 22, Channing Tatum weighed in with his thoughts on sex, feminism, porn, rape culture, and the incredibly short sentence Brock Turner received after being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the Stanford Campus. You know, just a bit of light conversation.
I think it's tough. I think that rape culture is a very real thing. . . I think it's a horrible, horrible idea to let someone off because of possibly what they're gonna be capable of doing. Because if you start doing that, where do you end? Where does that stop? Where does that line actually quit? I don't think it's right. I think [Turner] should've been punished, personally, but I also don't know what the answer is to protect women, to keep you out of those situations.
Brock Turner received a jail sentence of just six months, of which he'll probably only serve three, angering just about everyone in the world other than Turner's immediate family. Asked what he thought of the sentence, Tatum replied:
I just couldn't believe it. That is like if you killed someone, if you got caught red-handed murdering someone, and then just because you went to a nice school and you were a good swimmer, you somehow get a lesser sentence than what you would've for cold-blooded murder. I mean, that just doesn't make any sense.
Nope, it sure doesn't, other than the fact that Turner was white and a star athlete at the university.
So how do we fix the problem? Well, first we probably should be asking people other than actors, but Tatum's answer is just about as good as any:
I think we need to use education and we have to be comfortable talking about [sex]. Look I’m uncomfortable talking about it and I’m saying we should be comfortable talking about it. But it is, it’s an awkward thing to talk about, it’s an awkward thing to talk about especially probably with your kids. And how do we do that better? Like ow do we actually come up with a plan to be able to communicate about sex and what do we need from each other and what are the lines and how do you even know where the lines are if you’re not strong enough to say, okay, I’m not comfortable with this anymore . . . The only way to get to what you want is communication.
And in case you didn't love Tatum one hundred thousand percent already, a woman in the audience asked him his definition of feminism in three words, to which he replied, "I can do it in one. Equality."