“Honey badger takes what he wants.”
So says Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on the Senate floor to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Wednesday afternoon. The line was popularized by a YouTube video (caution: adult language and animals eating other animals) that’s a parody of nature documentaries. It shows honey badger not caring and taking what it wants — and has been viewed more than 22 million times.
While Vitter’s reference delighted Internet fans of the fake nature show, the senator was talking less about nature — and more about Tigers vs. a Tide.
This weekend, No. 1 LSU (the Tigers) takes on No. 2 Alabama (the Crimson Tide) in college football. One of LSU’s players, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, has been nicknamed Honey Badger, because, according to the Daily Reveille at LSU, he “takes what he wants on the field, including tackles and interceptions.”
So, before Saturday’s game, Vitter wanted to discuss a bet he had on the game with his colleague from Alabama. The prize? Gulf shrimp.
“It really doesn’t matter who LSU’s opponent is, because, as we say in Louisiana, the honey badger takes what he wants, and we look forward to doing that on Saturday night,” Vitter said.
Mathieu has been in the news for more than his on-field play; he was recently suspended for violating team drug policy. He’ll be back for this weekend’s matchup.
Watch the senator here:
Here’s Vitter’s announcement of the “friendly debate”:
Correction: The first line of this post originally referred to honey badger as an it rather than a he.