Channing Tatum Seems To Think His Only Responsibility As A Dad Is Changing Diapers

Channing Tatum waving at 22 Jump Street photocall May 2014

Channing Tatum is really nailing it lately with the WTF comments. First he jokes about how he’s a high-functioning alcoholic, then he details his drunken escapades with Shia LaBeouf, and now he’s making some interesting comments about his responsibilities as a father. I don’t know if you knew this already, but apparently the only thing a father is capable of doing with his baby is changing his or her diaper.

While talking about his experience raising daughter Everly at the premiere of his new movie 22 Jump Street, Channing told People, “I’m solid at changing a diaper now.” That’s great news, Channing. What other stuff do you do? Oh, nothing? That’s nice.

“If a guy isn’t good at changing a diaper, I don’t know what he’s there for, really, ’cause they’re not there for the first seven months for any other reason than to do that because the mom is the end-all, be-all of everything.”

That’s right. Apparently the only thing a father is “there for” is to change the baby’s diaper. And he should also receive a medal for doing the one thing he’s supposed to do, since everyone treats it like the most amazing feat. A man changing a diaper? What a novel idea!

Who wants to be the one to break the news to Channing that fathers are able — and permitted, imagine that — to do more than dispose of baby poop. Barring growing a set of boobs that produce milk, dads can do pretty much anything. They can bathe the baby and feed the baby and comfort the baby when she cries. And they can even play with the baby and sit in the baby’s presence and look at the baby. Incredible, right?

Anyone else tired of men using excuses like “The baby wants her mommy more” or “I wouldn’t be good at it anyway” to get away with not helping out? I don’t know a lot of babies personally, but I’m pretty sure little Everly isn’t sitting in her crib delegating tasks. She didn’t hand out contracts when she was born assigning diaper-changing to her father and everything else to her mother. Channing, if you’re reading this, allow me to inform you that you’re “there for” a lot more than poopy diapers.

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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Can’t believe we’re still so proud of dads who change diapers! It’s shocking to me that people even still ask.

      • noodlestein

        Sexism, shitty for everyone!

    • wispy

      If all you’re doing the first 7 months is changing a diaper then you’re doing the whole “dad” thing wrong.

    • Ellefont

      7 months is an exaggeration, but for a solid three months, that’s going to be the most important interaction between dad and a breastfed baby. Eat. Poop. Sleep. Repeat.

    • CW

      Like we don’t believe that Channing and Jenna Tatum haven’t hired a whole team of nannies, housekeepers, and other household staff to help them. Except for breastfeeding for obvious reasons, I’m sure they’ve outsourced most of the “grunt” work. As most new parents would do if they were as rich as the Tatums.

    • missiemeghan

      I think the point he’s trying to make is that he can’t nurse, so the one get up at night task that he can do is diapers. Don’t over analyze everything.

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    • Isabelle

      I cringe when women excuse men from changing diapers. I cannot get over how incredibly dumb that is! They are the father! It makes me so unbelievably mad

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