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.
Current Relationship Status: Antoni Porowski trying to watch a hockey game while Pete Davidson shoves his tongue down Kate Beckinsale's throat pic.twitter.com/lsRrkbLUrD
— Jenni Hill 💸🏡 (@CantSwingACat) March 4, 2019
Who is Antoni Porowski, Pete Davidson’s friend? pic.twitter.com/HZD1lkYMoY
— Gwen Clarke (@GwenCIarke) March 4, 2019
— Eugene Bedell jr. (@Ebedell20) March 4, 2019
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.
You're telling me that Pete Davidson (25) is going out with Kate Beckinsale (45), but I (24) can't successfully find myself a Victorian ghost husband (182)???? What's the deal???
— c h r i s s y (@NievesChrissy) March 4, 2019
If Pete Davidson can convince Kate Beckinsale to date him, be inspired, anything is possible. pic.twitter.com/QNVVZ8IDM8
— Jim Cummings (@jimmycthatsme) March 4, 2019
When I was 40 I dated a 20 year old…you go girl!
— JustJoyful (@JustJoyful3) March 11, 2019
So what I’m 34 and my boyfriend is 58 we don’t care and if people don’t like it mind your business
— rita marie moore (@RitaRitamoore84) March 11, 2019
— thecynthia (@thecynthia) March 11, 2019
Do YOU KATE!
— VirtuousVirgo (@Godsgreat12) March 11, 2019
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 Conundrum, Noam 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.
Bc the patriarchy says men take care of women. Not much a younger man can theoretically provide for an older woman and vice versus. But as long as everyone is consenting, not being manipulated, and happy w the way things are going, I don’t see a problem.
— 👸🏾Black Princess👸🏾 (@princessdevy03) March 12, 2019
It really doesn’t matter unless the man is using a women for financial reasons and Vice a Versa. Love is love. No for anyone to judge.
— Marcellawinston10 (@Marcellawinsto8) March 11, 2019
its their life its up to them but they care about each ohter who cares about the age
— Mrs Jen koutroumpis® 🍣🍱 (@Missjen325) March 11, 2019
I think society has it installed in their minds that it is wrong for it. I had one person get upset when I told her I was dating a younger man and said if it had been her son she would have killed the lady. I quickly informed his ex-wife is older than me.
— Venetia Wolf (@SerenityDark) March 11, 2019
None of my business. They can date who they want.
— Brandy Pierce (@bp71655) March 11, 2019
Who cares,to each their own‼️
— Pam Burton (@StyleByPam) March 11, 2019
Just enjoy and ignore the haters
— Kim Parkinson (@kimparkinson2) March 11, 2019
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.
Wait I think I have one pic.twitter.com/CRea5ZeAkE
— Alex Sujong Laughlin (@alexlaughs) March 4, 2019
pete davidson and kate beckinsale sucking face at a rangers game is the ULTIMATE MEME TEMPLATE pic.twitter.com/1Vmodf4mKF
— Tanya Sichynsky (@tanyasic) March 4, 2019
extremely niche to my Instagram stories today meme pic.twitter.com/DCmEUSBHoX
— Gabriela Riccardi (@griccardi_) March 4, 2019
— XoXo, gossip 𝓟𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓸𝓷 (@meghanismissing) March 5, 2019
We just couldn’t let you go without a small dose of memes.