Javier Bardem’s Way of Sticking it to the Church

Mr. Bardem is a Spanish actor who tonight took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the film, “No Country for Old Men”.

During his acceptance speech, he humorously thanked the Coen Brothers, who directed the work, for putting “one of the most horrible haircuts in history over my head.” (see below)
bardem.jpgMiramax Films

Leaves one to wonder if Jav realizes that this ‘do has been back in style amongst some sectors of today’s youth. Though, in infants the ubiquitous bowl cut is always fresh, right moms?

To sate my natural curiosity I went over to Wikipedia to read up on the presumably talented Bardem and found an interesting factoid about him. The factoid linked to a story on Univision’s website in which he is quoted as saying,

El actor español Javier Bardem aseguró en París que se casaría “mañana mismo” si fuera homosexual, “sólo para joder a la Iglesia”. [Spanish actor Javier Bardem asserted in Paris that he would marry ‘tomorrow’ if he were homosexual, ‘only to stick it to the church.’]

The Wikipedia’s entry translates “joder” with the f-bomb (“get married tomorrow, just to f*** with the church”). This is a tad harsh and the Spanish word doesn’t carry nearly the vulgarity associated with that English word, I believe my paraphrase to be somewhat more accurate though I won’t deny any colloquial influence.

Nevertheless, I thought it interesting that Bardem would seemingly protest the Church’s (The Roman Catholic Church) stance on homosexuality by theorizing on the best way to be uncharitable towards the very people whose lack of (in Bardem’s view) tolerance and acceptance he disagrees with.

Given the irrationality that is the hallmark of the darkened human mind, Bardem’s words are not surprising.