Just watched Real Time with Bill Maher, a show I think that more Americans should watch (in some ways it is a pity that it is airing on a premium cable/satellite channel). The guests normally include at least person who is a little controversial; this week’s show had Ann Coulter.
Surprisingly, she wasn’t the person with the most controversial statement IMHO, though she was quick to support it. Instead, Californian Congressman Dana Rohrabacher wins my award for arrogance this week with this statement:
Europeans don’t look at marriage as being something that is a love and a relationship. … Americans take a relationship with their husband or wife much more seriously.”
Not be outdone, Ann Coulter followed it up with:
American liberals are like Europeans that way you know, abortion, adultery, lies, no church-going.
These statements were prompted by some comment about the Italian prime minister not appearing too upset about the fact that his wife was having an affair with the former mayor of Venice. I guess that rather than down playing his personal life in the media, he should have started a massive public enquiry, costing tens of millions of Euros so that he could have had all the gory details of the affair published as a best-selling paperback…
Orlando Jones, the third panel member on the show, seemed to have the right idea when he said that Americans were just too uptight about this stuff. Everybody knows that it is going on over here, and it is just that the Europeans have a more mature response to it. Although, to be fair, he might take that comment back if he read some of the British tabloids 🙂