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.”