Argent, sexe et politique (Money, sex and politics) as the story about the wife of the First Minister of Northern Ireland is headlined by a newspaper in France. The headline whilst very easy and, I’m sure not very original, given the similarity with the events and the Dustin Hoffman and the wonderful Anne Bancroft film, The Graduate featuring music by Simon and Garfunkel.
It is interesting that in the film Anne Bancroft, who for people who haven’t seen the film plays the older woman who has a sexual relationship with a recent graduate played by Dustin Hoffman, was 39 at the time the film was made whilst Dustin Hoffman was 30. A bit different from the current Mrs Robinson’s 59 at the time of their relationship and the young man’s 19. I’m not going to pontificate about the right and wrongs of what happened I just hope that someone who has previously said:
she told a BBC radio show in 2008 that homosexuality was an “abomination” which made her feel “nauseous”. She was reacting to the news of a homophobic attack on a gay man in Northern Ireland, when she suddenly spilled her private feelings. Despite instant condemnation, she continued to defend her views, adding: “Just as a murderer can be redeemed by the blood of Christ, so can a homosexual…. If anyone takes issue, they’re taking issue with the word of God.”
has learnt to be able to condemn a little less. The title for this post comes from another song in the film: