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It seems that the bizarre wellness trend of perineum sunning is moving beyond the world of Instagram influencers and into the wider culture. But now actor Josh Brolin is here to say it’s no good.
Recently, a new-age wellness influencer on Instagram, who goes by Metaphysical Meagan, went viral with an iconic picture of her lying naked on a rocky crag, holding her legs back, and spreading her butthole to the sun. It was a lot to take in, even before reading the caption, which claimed that, “30 seconds of sunlight on your butthole is the equivalent of a full day of sunlight with your clothes on.”
She claimed positive effects like better sleep, more energy, better connection to her life force, and attracting “people who are on the same frequency and wavelength.” While most people could probably deduce that this isn’t backed by any objective science, some apparently needed to find out for themselves.
On Friday, acclaimed actor Josh Brolin, best known recently for his role as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, owned up to being one of those people who had to try perineum sunning.
“Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did,” wrote Brolin on Instagram, using the picture from Metaphysical Meagan’s original post. “My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain.”
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Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did. My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain. I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless. Seriously. #blackholefriday #blackholesun #severeperineumburns #santamonicafiredepartment #assholecare
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As we noted in our report on butthole or perineum sunning last week, the practice is relatively harmless, as long as you don’t do it for too long. While Meagan says 30 seconds is enough, she also says that she does five minutes of perineum sunning daily. Brolin didn’t say how long he was perineum sunning, but direct sunlight on such a sensitive area without sunscreen for longer than 10 minutes is enough to start getting a sunburn.
Brolin capped off his post with a message to perineum sunning advocates: “I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless.”
Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have written for The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, The Lingerie Addict, and Bullet Points.