The Fuzzy Nutter

Oh-do! NYC Councilman Gets Punked, Drops F-Bomb

Posted by MSeech on October 12, 2007

It is often said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but for one Norwegian comedian imitation led to a full on verbal smackdown – expletives included – by New York City Councilman, James Oddo (R-Staten Island).

Councilman Jams Oddo

Photo: www.nyccouncil.info

Pia Haraldsen of the Norwegian comdey show “Rikets Rost”- Norway’s version of the Daily Show – pretended to be a news interviewer who questioned the Staten Island councilman about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

But what Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters, Borat and Ali G. possess, the faux news reporter tremendously lacks: charisma, comedic skills, and charm – three things even a city councilman couldn’t see. After a string of unfunny and idiotic questions, Oddo erupted at Haraldsen dropping the F-bomb approximately 16 times.

Oddo said it was a gut reaction and has since apologized for the outburst, but does not regret the sentiment.

Oddo’s blow-up gained national and even world attention after a viral video of the confrontation spread on the internet.

Since it’s “debut” a week ago on Youtube, the video has been viewed a staggering 549,577 times.

But what about the backlash? An editorial in the NY Daily News called Oddo “a genuine Stand-Up New Yorker.” On NY1’s website “Snap Poll” 68 percent believed the councilman should receive praise, 26 percent would like to see him criticized, and 5 percent wanted both. Even George Arzt, a Democratic consultant and lobbyist in Manhattan offered words of support: “It is tough to be civil when you’re being set up,” Arzt said. “This is such a minuscule issue. It won’t affect anybody, and he was scammed.”

But leave it to The Washington Post to offer the best summary possible:

“His reaction is that of an average citizen — a citizen of Staten Island.”

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