This story’s been all over the place since yesterday.
Kay Burley, a host of Sky News, was reporting on a Joe Biden speech during which he had ash on his forehead because it was Ash Wednesday. She didn’t recognize what it was, though, and that led to hilarity (beginning at the 0:26 mark):
“What’s happened to his head? I’m sure that’s what everybody’s asking at home… it looks like he’s walked into a door.”
She and her (also oblivious) co-anchor theorized that maybe Biden got a bruise when he slipped on ice while attending the Olympic Games in Vancouver…
There are a couple reasons this makes me laugh.
One, she’s a news anchor. You would think she would be aware of a religious ritual in which millions of people — — including herself, since she’s Catholic (!?!) — partake.
Two, this is the type of conversation I imagine would take place between strangers who knew nothing about Catholicism.
Can you imagine how the conversation would go if they learned about other Catholic beliefs for the first time?
He believes that a talking snake convinced a woman to eat an apple and that led to the downfall of Man? And later, a virgin woman gave birth to someone who was really God, who actually fathered himself? Is he bollocks?!
It’s all ridiculous. We’re just used to it so it doesn’t turn many heads anymore.
At least Burley (not on purpose) said what many non-Catholics were thinking. While it’s deeply meaningful to those who do it, good luck explaining it to those who don’t buy into the myth.
Let’s see her comment on Scientologists next!
(via Believe It or Not)