Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Monday, October 28, 2013

"Vagina Monologues" Quip From Mayor Ed Lee Jolts David Chiu's Wedding Guests

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 12:43 PM

A rather ribald story it is!
  • A rather ribald story it is!

Whatever job Mayor Ed Lee has lined up after his time in City Hall's Room 200 grinds to a halt, it likely won't involve public speaking.

San Francisco's incredibly lifelike mayor has a tendency to say odd things when the words aren't written down -- as some 300 or more guests at Supervisor David Chiu's Friday wedding reception can attest to.

In an event at 1 Ferry Plaza, the mayor left the crowd dumbfounded when he quipped that Chiu, now a married man, "won't have to participate in 'The Vagina Dialogues'" anymore.

This was confusing and awkward on so many levels. First of all, the play Lee is referencing is called The Vagina Monologues.

Lee was making an inside joke here -- but only around three people in the entire room got it.

And it wasn't all that funny.

Also: Lee brought up vaginas at a wedding reception.

Well, there's a reason for that. Albeit not a judicious one.

The day before the Friday reception, Chiu had appeared at a fund-raiser for the Filipina Women's Network. This group's signature event is a Vagina Monologues performance, and Chiu had noted that you're not really a part of the Filipina Women's Network until you attend one of these performances.

This quip apparently induced a good and appreciative response on Thursday. Chiu knew his audience. It was the right quip at the right time.

One day later, however, wasn't. Lee didn't get the response he'd been hoping for. In retrospect, he told a joke relating to an event that only three or so people attended -- in a room of hundreds of people. He blurted out the word "vagina." And he muffed the title of the play.

"It was just so ham-handed," said one guest. Lee's saving grace was his own incoherence: "I'm not sure many people heard what he said accurately."

Chiu, we are told, laughed at the mayor's joke. He's got a sense of humor, that one.

  • Pin It

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"