Thursday 27 July 2017

Best hide the Weiner

Donal Lynch

AT People are Talking we love a good pun as much as the next man. In fact, you could say our interest in a scandal is directly related to its pun potential (or "puntential"). But we're really at a loss with Anthony Weiner -- the American politician who first said he couldn't say with "certitude" if he sent a picture of himself bulging in boxer shorts via the internet to some girl he didn't know, before admitting that yes he could, and he did.

The problem is that "wiener", as anyone raised on a diet of trashy American films already knows, means penis. Nobody over the age of six is delighted at this level of obviousness.

It's almost as if Bill Clinton were called "Bill Sex With An Intern While Smoking A Cigar" or Ryan Giggs' middle name turned out to be "It's Always The Quiet Ones". It just takes all the fun out of it.

We think for this reason, along with the fact that he has now made sexting a mainstream word that no longer needs quotation marks, Weiner should be forgiven.

A further stint in office would give him a chance to come up with a less blindingly obvious scandal to become involved in. Something dry and financial would be perfect. But if we find out that it says "rezoning dodginess" anywhere on his birth certificate, there will be hell to pay.

Donal Lynch

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