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UK lawmaker loses party support over slut remark

Britain’s UK Independence Party and member of the European Parliament Godfrey Bloom is pictured at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on Nov. 24, 2010.

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A British member of the European Parliament has been temporarily disowned by his right-wing party after referring to a room of party delegates on Sept. 20 as “sluts.”

Godfrey Bloom found himself in hot water on Sept. 20 at the conference of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) when he said “this place is full of sluts’’ in response to a delegate who joked that she did not clean behind her fridge.

Bloom insisted he was joking, that “slut” was a way of referring not to promiscuity but untidiness. He later asked a BBC reporter if her mother had ever called her a slut. That reporter laughed, but the comments set off a firestorm.

Party leader Nigel Farage said Bloom had “gone beyond the pale with his slut comment.” “What he ought to have learnt is that time and time again he says things that overshadow the whole agenda that UKIP is fighting for.”

(Liberty Times)







1. disown v.

斷絕關係 (duan4 jue2 guan1 xi1)

例: It’s a story set in the last century about a girl whose parents disowned her when she married a foreigner.


2. in hot water idiom

身處麻煩 (shen1 chu3 ma2 fan1)

例: He found himself in hot water over his comments about immigration.


3. beyond the pale idiom

讓人無法接受 (rang4 ren2 wu2 fa3 jie1 shou4)

例: Her recent conduct is beyond the pale.


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