Jason Derulo Says That He’s Feeling Attacked For Having A Big… You Know
What do Instagram and the new musical fantasy film Cats have in common? Well, according to actor, singer, and songwriter Jason Derulo, they both have something against his . . . anatomy. And both Instagram and the producers of Cats have taken measures to censor his . . . anatomy, though in markedly different (yet inevitably similar) ways.
At the end of November, Derulo posted a photo of himself to Instagram that seemed innocuous enough (until your eyes landed on a specific shape right in the center of the frame). He stood in front of a tropical Bali background, wearing what most people would wear on a beach: close to nothing.
Donning only gold jewelry and black undies, Derulo wasn’t exactly naked, though the outline of his genitals was, ahem, most definitely clear for all to see.
Apparently this was vulgar enough for Instagram to remove his post. Their explanation claimed that they did so “because it goes against our Community Guidelines on nudity or sexual activity. Our guidelines are based on our global community, and some audiences may be sensitive to different things.” More specifically, a spokesperson for the Facebook Company (which owns Instagram) told People Magazine that the post violated the site’s guidelines by featuring “aroused genitalia.”
Derulo challenged this claim, but in an interview with ET Canada, he said that Instagram refused to put the post back up after he had mentioned (in another interview) that he may have been semi-erect in the photo. In addition to “aroused genitalia,” Instagram also deletes posts that include sexual intercourse, genitals and close-ups of fully nude buttocks.
Derulo contested the removal of his post by re-uploading the viral photo, this time with the caption: “F-k u mean? I have underwear on… I can’t help my size..” Unfortunately, this post was also removed by Instagram—but not before garnering nearly 450,000 likes and more than 35,000 comments.
In lieu of the photo’s dramatic removal from Instagram, Derulo pointed out what he saw as a double standard. “All these girls be on Instagram showing their ass and all kind of crazy shit, and I got underwear on—in Bali—and they took my pic down,” he said. “It’s discrimination. I understand: I can’t help my size, but you can’t take down my pic, man.”
And on the topic of size . . . when asked if the photo had been retouched or enhanced before its original appearance online, Derulo responded incredulously, balking at the idea that it wasn’t a truthful representation of his . . . anatomy.
“Photoshop?!” he cried. “Just know . . . us Haitians, we look different.”
The photo defied censorship by immediately spreading all over the internet, and Derulo was soon faced with a similar situation as a guest on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM radio show. The two were discussing the animation of Cats—in which Derulo stars as Rum Tug Tugger—when Cohen asked, “You think that they airbrushed your penis out of the Cats film?”
“One hundred and twenty-five percent,” Derulo replied. “I can see it in the trailer, for sure.” Cohen asked him if he was surprised by that, and Derulo said, “I’m not surprised. To make it as cat-like as possible, I think that’s what it was about, you know?”
Derulo’s right—Cats was most famous as a stage production, and its producers have expressed that it was really hard to adapt those classic theatre costumes to the medium of film. They explained that after several attempts to make practical costumes, CGI proved to be the best way to capture the feline nature and make the actors’ movements translate on screen. As far as what the actors actually wore during filming—well, essentially just tights. And as we all know from Derulo’s famous photo, tights could never hide that very human part of his . . . anatomy.
Beyond the costume challenges, Derulo told ET Canada that “it was a lot to embody a cat.” When they asked him how it felt to see himself transformed into Rum Tug Tugger for the first time, he said, “I got chills down my spine. I was like, ‘This is incredible, I can’t believe this is happening in this way, finally.’”
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He continued by gushing about the movie, saying that “now’s the perfect time—it’s Christmas, and it’s the perfect time for the family to go and be engulfed in another world.”
Derulo’s character, Rum Tum Tugger, is rebellious, attention-seeking, and gregarious. He is also very flirtatious and sexual, two traits that are reflected in the way he dances and moves about the stage (well, the screen, in this case). With this in mind, it’s probably for the best that the producers edited his . . . anatomy a bit—the movie is rated PG, after all.
Along with Derulo, Cats stars Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, and Taylor Swift. It’s due out for release in both the US and the UK on December 20, and until then, the internet is sure to stay abuzz with talk about its strange animation, its star-studded cast, and its 125% deficit of Derulo’s notorious appendage.