Pete Davidson Just Laid The Ultimate Smackdown On People Criticizing His Age Difference With Kate Beckinsale

Pete Davidson don’t got the time for your hate.

About a week after the viral meme of Davidson and girlfriend Kate Beckinsale making out while Antoni Porowski looks concerned AF right next to them, Davidson is deflecting criticism based on his and Beckinsale’s age difference.

The couple, who began dating shortly after the Golden Globes in January, are 20 years apart in age.  Davidson is 25, and Beckinsale is 45.

In addition to a scathing, yet totally accurate comment made about R. Kelly, Davidson also touched on his relationship with Beckinsale.

“Apparently, people have a crazy fascination with our age difference,” Davidson said.

“But it doesn’t really bother us. But, then again, I’m new to this, so if you have questions about a relationship with a big age difference, just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Jeff Goldblum, Scott Disick, Dane Cook, Derek Jeter, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, and whoever the president of France is, Mel Gibson, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Kelsey Grammar, Larry King, Rod Stewart, and Donald Trump.”

All of the men on this list have had relationships and/or marriages with women at LEAST 20 years their junior.

Davidson pointing out this interesting double standard begs the question–why is it socially acceptable for older men to date younger women, but not the inverse?

In an article entitled The Cougar ConundrumNoam Shpancer suggests it may have to do with perceived cultural norms of wealth.

We think of wealth as a masculine quality not because most men are naturally rich but because most of the rich in our society are men. Division of labor establishes the stereotype and reinforces it. When social roles change, so do stereotypes, and with them social opportunities, expectations and norms, and with that also social consciousness.

The development of the known historical pattern by which women prefer older, high-status men may have been informed by evolutionary pressures, but the attendant stereotype evolved and crystallized in a society where men were rich and powerful and women poor and dependent. Now we see that as the social roles change, and women assume the positions of empowerment and freedom once reserved for men, some of them are easily drawn to pretty young things and find them of interest.

We wonder if Beckinsale has ever called Davidson a “pretty young thing.”

Either way, the deal is, they are going to continue to make out at Rangers’ games, and we are going to continue being Antoni in that photo.

We just couldn’t let you go without a small dose of memes.