Talking about 'Dad bods' with Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues

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By Caira-lee Durand

You may have come across the term ‘dad-bod’ in social media feeds over the last few weeks, while the trend becomes more known as Father’s Day approaches. 

The ‘dad-bod’ is a new term used to describe a Dad who was once in shape, before his focus on health and fitness became consumed by the demands of parenthood, and before drinking beer and eating four burgers in one seating affected their physique.

Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues released their new music video just yesterday, basing it on the ‘dad-bod’ trend and parodying it with Taylor Swift’s new  track ‘Bad blood’.

Nic and Gareth answered a few questions relating to their new, potentially controversial music video.

In one sentence, how would you describe the term ‘dad-bod’

Nic: Your everyday guy who honestly just doesn’t have time to attend the gym regularly, because he is just a little busy with lots of work, and is just trying to make some Youtube videos to entertain some people. 

Gareth:  Something that I never thought would be cool, but here we are.

Do you think you need to be a dad to have a dad-bod?

Gareth: Definitely not. You can be an uncle, a cousin or even a recently-deceased prince whose estate needs someone to make a small investment in return for a share of the profits. It all boils down to the body shape itself and the attitude behind it.

Three things a dad needs to get a ‘dad-bod’:

Gareth: Carbohydrates, a poster of Guy Fieri for motivation and a DVD box-set of 18 Wheels of Justice.

Do you think the term ‘dad-bod’ has received more attention than the term ‘mom-bod’, and why?

Nic: Yes, men are always looking for a reason to be proud of their body. We are always being made out to be objects.  From being put on the covers of magazines to being used to sell perfumes and bottled water. 

Gareth: It seems to have, which is interesting.

Should ‘dad-bods’ be owned or shamed. Why?

NIc: They should be owned.  Never  shamed. 

Gareth: Owned. Or rented. It’s tough in this economy.

What advice would you give to someone who’s ashamed of their ‘dad-bod’?

Gareth: Don’t be. You are a precious flower. Crack open that beer and sauce up that hot dog.

What would you do if your son developed a premature ‘dad-bod’ in his teens?

Nic: I would ask who has been buying him beer.

Gareth: Force him to lose the weight until he turns 30. There’s a time and a place for everything.

What is your message behind the Dad Bod Song?

Nic: There is an underlying message to the public. It’s subtle, but if you look closely you can spot it.  Did you see any squirrels in that park? No, you didn’t.  We hope to bring to light the dark reality that is squirrel cage fighting. More and more squirrels are being removed from parks and are made to fight to the death. The winner only gets a measly bank of nuts, and I don't even think it’s the good stuff.  It’s just assorted nuts.  I think there are even raisins in the mix.  It’s terrible. 

Gareth: Our message is that men AND women should come and see us at the Grahamstown Festival from July 3-7 in our debut live show PLEBS.

At the end of the video, you include two women with ‘mom bods’ in a funny twist. Are you expecting more controversy over that, or do you think people can cope with a joke about gender stereotypes?

Nic: We are a comedy channel, you would think people know what that means, but we are always surprised by how literal people take things.  Also it’s the Internet; people will find something wrong with a video of a puppy curing aids.  It's inevitable that we will offend people, but that is also ok. 

Gareth: : If any controversy does arise, it’s only because they’ve missed the (rather blatant) joke. We’re poking fun at the fact that it’s now somehow cool to have a paunch and not be super-skinny - except if you’re a woman. Pretty ridiculous, right? I, for one, support the mom bod. Bring it on!

Have a look at their new video and let us know your views on 'dad bods'.

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