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Councilman a YouTube hit after angry interview

October 12, 2007


An obscenity-laced video of a city councilman kicking a Norwegian interviewer out of his office has drawn a bigger audience than he's ever had at City Hall.

The video of New York City Councilman James Oddo and a woman using the fake interview format made famous by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G character has been viewed more than 415,000 times since it went up on YouTube just a few days ago.

The Staten Island council member is first seen in the 96-second clip welcoming Pia Haraldson of the Norwegian comedy show "Rikets R%F8st" into his office.

After she asks some bizarre questions about Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton - including how Obama, as an African American, can run for president if he's not a U.S. citizen - he demands that she leave his office in a burst of profanity.

Oddo has apologized for his language but not for getting angry.

"My language was inappropriate, I'm apologetic for it, I regret it," Oddo told local channel NY-1. "I don't regret the sentiment."


SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 6 months ago

Why isn't his political party affiliation identified?

jonas 10 years, 6 months ago

Because it shouldn't matter, probably. Too bad so many people think it does.

Confrontation 10 years, 6 months ago

The YouTube site says he's a Republican. Family values involve cursing at women. Didn't you get the memo?

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