Fallout for Garcetti After He Says F-Word on Live TV During Kings’ Celebration


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti posted this photo on his Facebook page, showing himself at the Kings’ Staples Center rally on June 16, 2014.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, known for his disciplined campaign style and careful approach to governing, celebrated the Kings’ Stanley Cup victory Monday by letting an obscenity fly on live television.

But Garcetti, unlike many politicians heard cussing publicly, did not follow up with a hastily issued apology. Instead, his dropping of the F-bomb at a Staples Center rally for the hockey team had all the look of a premeditated publicity salvo, one quickly followed by a flurry of responses on social media.

Garcetti, who was wearing a Kings jersey and carrying a bottle of Bud Light, set up the joke for the audience at the Kings celebration, telling them that there are two long-standing rules for politicians: “They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and never swear. But this is a big”— he then raised his bottle and uttered a seven-letter obscenity — “day.”

The audience roared. Players stood up to applaud. Soon afterward, Garcetti had similar, PG-rated messages on Facebook and his official Twitter feed. “There are a few rules in politics, one is never swear, but this is a BFD. @ericgarcetti welcomes the #StanleyCup to LA.”

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