A baptist preacher is on leave and in ‘professional counseling’ after a video surfaced of his Sunday sermon in which he told women that they had better always look hot in order to prevent their husbands from being attracted to other women.
He tells churchgoers that it is “really important” for men to have a beautiful woman on their arm, asking the crowd: “Why is it so many times that women, after they get married, let themselves go?”
“Now look, I’m not saying every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump, I’m not saying that at all,” he says, as an image of the former First Lady appears on screen behind him.
“Most women can’t be trophy wives, but you know… maybe you’re a participation trophy.
Pastor Clark then criticises women for wearing casual clothes like jogger bottoms and pyjamas, before turning to “weight control” and referring to one woman as “a sumo wrestler”.
“Don’t ever forget this, God made them to look and you want them to look at you – not some hottie out there or someone on a computer screen,” he is seen telling parishioners.
Here’s a clip.
Pastor Stewart Allen-Clark tells congregation that women need to work harder to look good for men. “I’m not saying every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump. Most women can’t be trophy wives, but you know … maybe you’re a participation trophy.” pic.twitter.com/5GfyqIeQZw
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) March 6, 2021
I’m not sure his ‘participation trophy’ metaphor works. Don’t you get a participation trophy just for showing up, irrespective of how well you look or perform?
John Morales says
Just one question: is this guy married? Inquiring minds want to know.
So this clown is trying to tell women they need to look like melania because he thinks she is the ideal that all women should strive for to please their mans? The hypocrisy of him talking about women letting themselves go after marriage, while his belly is so huge he is embarrassed to reveal it so he lets his shirt tails hang out. Living in a glass house and throwing stones at others is never a good idea. Another fine example of that christian love just oozing from his pores.
He just wants them to look hot because he wants to ogle them from the pulpit. (All you ladies in short skirts please sit in the front row so that I, uh, that is, God can get a good look at y’all.)
“My god is a shallow god, and Mary was a total hottie.”
file thirteen says
What, a religious man telling women how they should look and behave? I’m shocked.
When you need to rest your Bible on top of your beer belly, you don’t leave yourself any room to talk about other people’s weight.
“Can I get an Amen?”
Unless the audience mic is on the blink, that’s just hilarious.
She’s the trophy, it’s her man that’s getting her just for showing up, regardless of his looks or achievement. So she maybe doesn’t have to be the best trophy, but she should still be a trophy. That’s how they reconcile the apparent incongruity that a couple of other commenters have noted. The whole premise is that women need to perform for men, but men don’t need to reciprocate.
But asking men to dress up for their wives comes dangerously close to admitting that women have valid feelings, too. Can’t have that.
When will this preacher tell men that it’s really important for women to have an attractive man at their side? OK, men don’t need to be like James Dean -- or if you’re European, young Alain Delon.
I’m not saying at all that every man can be the epic trophy husband of all time, like those two. But they shouldn’t be like Onslow from Keeping up Appearances either.
Onslow is my HERO! What an awesome character.
John Morales says
A very heteronormative discussion, here.