Today in “WTF did Pat Robertson say?” the controversial televangelist says that the best way to save a flagging marriage is for women to make sure they’re looking their best at all times.
MSN reports that on a recent episode of The 700 Club, Robertson answered a viewer query from a well-intentioned 17-year-old who is just trying to get his dad to pay his mom a bit more attention. The teenager was seeking advice on getting his father off the computer, where he apparently plays too much World of Warcraft at the expense of giving his wife some proper marital lovin’.
Proper advice, he did not receive.
Robertson first opined that the parents should take a romantic getaway. So far, so good. Then, Pat became the televangelist we all know and love by insulting the teen’s mom (“She may not be as sweet as you think she is”) and telling an “amusing anecdote” about a woman who was so “overweight and terrible looking” that she drove her own pastor to drink.
Oh, please stop yourself now (he didn’t).
Robertson said that the very best way that a woman can keep “the spark of love alive” is by making sure they “look pretty.” In case you’re not reading the subtext, it is a woman’s responsibility to save her own marriage regardless of the cause of its failing, and she can do so by clinging to her youthful beauty. A healthy marriage is as simple as donning a little makeup, exercising to combat the wear-and-tear of childbirth, fighting good ol’ fashioned gravity, and surrendering all of your personal interests to devote your energies to making yourself the sex kitten your husband has always dreamed of.
Nevermind a Salon-highlighted report that shows socio-economic factors, sexual violence and lack of access to education as the primary factors to crumbling marriages. “Good looks” didn’t even make the list.
But here’s Pat Robertson, telling some poor 17-year-old who just wants his parents to be happy that his mom is a giant B-word who needs to trounce around the house in her lingerie once in a while: