Quoted: Antonin Scalia on the F-word and other irritations

October 7, 2013

 

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes gestures as he speaks at the Northern Virginia Technology Council's (NVTC) Titans breakfast gathering in McLean, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Scalia was the featured speaker at the speaker series sponsored by the Council. The 77-year-old justice, currently the longest serving on the nine-member court, is scheduled to discuss the art of persuasion as well as major constitutional issues. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Justice Scalia at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Titans breakfast last month. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

 

“You can’t go to a movie—or watch a television show for that matter—without hearing the constant use of the F-word—including, you know, ladies using it. People that I know don’t talk like that!”

– Antonin Scalia on the growing coarsening of society. (You know who you are, ladies.) In a funny and revealing Q&A in New York magazine, the conservative Supreme Court justice tackles profanity, the pope, the devil, homosexuality, “Duck Dynasty,” “Seinfeld,” rabbit hunting, “shrilly liberals” (including, in his view, The Washington Post), and why he thinks going to the State of the Union speech is a big ol’ waste of time: “We are trucked in just to give some dignity to the occasion. I mean, there are all these punch lines, and one side jumps up —­ Hooray! And they all cheer, and then another punch line, and the others stand up, Hooray! It is juvenile! And we have to sit there like bumps on a log.”

See also: Antonin Scalia on the Washington Post, “Seinfeld” and the Devil

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