The Washington Post

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


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

More Reliable Source


Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.