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It Takes a Man to Suffer Ignorance and Smile

From my Celebrity News Beat, the details of Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell’s wedding:

One of Stewart and Ozell’s favorite moments was when Ozell’s maid of honor, Jillian LaVinka (with whom Ozell waitressed at Brooklyn’s artisanal pizza staple, Franny’s), got up to do a reading. She had a large Bible in her hand, and the secular-leaning audience let out a heavy sigh. But in the middle of the Bible’s pages, LaVinka had pasted a sheet of selected lyrics from classic rock songs that she proceeded to read, including a bit from Sting’s “Englishman in New York.”

Discuss: What lyrics from “Englishman in New York” would you read at such a wedding? You know, a real urbane audience, none of your Bible-thumpers.


  1. My bet is on these verses, because they are uninterrupted by the chorus

    Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety
    You could end up as the only one
    Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society
    At night a candle’s brighter than the sun

    Takes more than combat gear to make a man
    Takes more than a license for a gun
    Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can
    A gentleman will walk but never run

    If, “Manners maketh man” as someone said
    Then he’s the hero of the day
    It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
    Be yourself no matter what they say

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      If you can break your legs and sprint a mile
      And crab-crawl backward up the track you ran,
      If you can suffer ignorance and smile
      And be polite — my son, you’ll be a Man.

  2. “At night a candle’s brighter than the sun.”

  3. The trouble, of course, with “Be yourself, no matter what they say” is that it assumes that I am not a racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted, adulterous, hateful, narrow-minded, misogynistic, judgmental, hypocritical asshole.

  4. Walker Percy might go with “I’m an alien.”

  5. Noted Englishman Falstaff might like to have a word with Mr. Sting about this modestry, propriety, sobriety business.

  6. “But both Stewart and Ozell agreed that the best outfit might have belonged to the always dapper McKellen, who wore a gray three-piece suit.”

    Nonsense. Click the link and look at his trousers. Then compare.

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Nonsense indeed. See also.

      The charitable supposition is that Sir Ian, rather than giving ignorant or ill-judged instructions to his custom tailor or alterations seamstress, was giving due consideration to the lilies of the field — i.e., that he chose to buy the suit off-the-peg, and chose to skip having it hemmed, so that he could donate his savings to some worthy cause, such as, e.g., a fund for the promotion of Biblical literacy.

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