Nick Offerman Just Schooled An Interviewer On Masculinity
"We've been sold this weird John Wayne mentality."
You know Nick Offerman. He played the hilarious Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation.
In a recent interview with Men's Health, Offerman was asked about the fact that many people associate him with being a "man's man."
Offerman said it's not really accurate to equate him with manliness. "I went to theater school. I took two semesters of ballet. I’m the sissy in my family. I cry with pretty great regularity."
"I stand for my principles and I work hard and I have good manners, but machismo is a double-sided coin," he said. "A lot of people think it requires behavior that can quickly veer into misogyny and things I consider indecent. We’ve been sold this weird John Wayne mentality that fistfights and violence are vital to being a man."
"I’d rather hug than punch," he added. "Crying at something that moves you to joy or sadness is just as manly as chopping down a tree or punching out a bad guy."
Completing his answer, Offerman added one more thing: "If you live your life openly with your emotions, that’s a more manly stance than burying them."
Fans loved his answer.
An earlier version of this post used a picture of Matt Offerman, but it's now been replaced with an image of the correct Offerman brother. Thank you to Nick Offerman for pointing this mistake out.