When politicians missed the point: Five foot-in-mouth moments in 2015

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2015 11:54 IST
Donald Trump has just been the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gaffes made by political figures. (REUTERS Photo)

What would we do without politicians?

There seems to be some kind of mysterious connection between those in power and acts of aggressive stupidity. And 2015 was no different. Like any other year, this one provided us, and many grateful comedians, with endless gold. Our beloved leaders did not disappoint, except perhaps politically.

So, in honour - or mockery, if you will - of the cringe-worthy statements that were spewed by our politicians, we have compiled the top five for your (and our) amusement.

1. “Girls wanting a night out may be all right elsewhere, but it is not part of Indian culture.”

This came from Union minister of culture Mahesh Sharma, who belongs to the glorious idyll of Noida and the land of cheap booze and sub-par rap music.

Sharma’s controversial comments landed him in a great deal of trouble. (HT Photo)

And if you are still thinking that this was a one-off thing from the BJP politician, here is what he uttered a few days before: “Despite being a Muslim, India’s late president, APJ Abdul Kalam was a great nationalist.”

2. “It is impossible for four people to rape someone together. If one brother commits rape, his three other brothers would also be made accused in the case.”

Or so said Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Well, Uttar Pradesh is off to a rather bad start, wouldn’t you say?

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comments revealed a disturbing willingness to play down incidents of rape. (HT Photo)

The only thing we can take away from these remarks is that Mulayam’s idea of a normal ‘boys’, and ‘mistakes’ for that matter, is deeply disturbing at best.

We leave you with the proverbial cherry on the cake: “Rape ke liye phaansi dena ghalat hai, ladkon se ghalti ho jaati hai, hum satta mein aaye to kanoon mein badlav karenge (Handing death sentence for rape is not fair... boys make mistakes... there will be changes in the law if we come to power).”

What else can you expect from the man behind this gem?

3. “The women of the south are dark, but they are as beautiful as their bodies... We don’t see it here. They know (how to) dance.”

Janata Dal(United) chief Sharad Yadav had mumbled in Parliament.

The JDU chief clearly thought that he was paying the South a compliment. (HT Photo)

Now, we couldn’t really figure out much of what he said initially, but as we peeled one sexist layer after another, an ugly picture began to take shape. Underneath the vague rambling about women’s bodies and dancing is an offensively backward worldview.

The poor guy must have thought he is paying South Indian ladies a compliment, bless him.

4. Jack Warner cites Onion article as fact

Jack Warner, ex FIFA vice president defended himself against charges of corruption by citing an article that declared, “FIFA frantically announces 2015 Summer World Cup in the United States.” The problem was that the article appeared in The Onion, a satirical publication. In other words, it was made up. That didn’t stop Warner though. “If Fifa is so bad, why is it that the USA wants to keep the Fifa World Cup?” he continued.

5 . Virtually anything that came out of Donald Trump’s mouth

Sample some of his most head-scratchingly inane comments here. For brevity and in the best interests of our own sanity, we have limited them to only the sexist comments Trump has made.

“Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed ta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” he said about Carly Fiorina, a presidential candidate for 2016.

Trump has made a number of outrageous comments this year, ranging from sexist to racist, to downright bizarre (including implying that he wants to have sex with his daughter, Ivana). (AP Photo)

“How much money is the extremely unattractive (both inside and out) Arianna Huffington paying her poor ex-hubby for the use of his name?”

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever,” he infamously said about Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, clearly implying (subtle, classy) that she was on her period.

“Heidi Klum. Sadly, she is no longer a 10.”

Well, that’s settled then. Thanks, Mr Trump.

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