Stewart Allen Clark has been put on leave and is now seeking counseling after his misogynistic speech.
A pastor has been removed from his parish after he told women in his congregation to "lose weight" and become "trophy wives" like Melania Trump to keep their marriage alive. Stewart Allen Clark, 55, of 1st General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, gave what he thought was a rousing and enthusiastic speech urging women to heed his advice if they wanted a happy marriage. He praised Melania Trump and said women "let themselves go" after marriage, according to The Mirror. In the video that has since gone viral on social media, people have continued to slam the pastor for his misogynistic speech. Clark, who has now been put on a leave of absence, confidently doles out unsolicited marriage advice in the now-viral video, even asking people to stop being "ugly" and "butch" despite receiving no response from the audience.
The pride and joy of Missouri, Pastor Stewart Allen Clark, letting women know that we can't all be trophy wives, but should still aspire to get a participation trophy. And not even trying to be hot is unacceptable! pic.twitter.com/BGBEjDCQzu— 🌺Bri Ribalta🌺 (@BriRibalta) March 5, 2021
"Ladies, here's the thing you need to know about men: Don't give him a reason to be like this 'distracted boyfriend.' You hear me?" Clark says to the crowd. "Don't give him a reason to be looking around. Why is it so many times that women, after they get married, let themselves go?" He continues: "Now, look, I'm not saying every woman can be epic – the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump – I'm not saying that at all." He even goes on to vouch for the magic of makeup and adds: "You know makeup? Makeup is a good thing!" Just when the now-annoyed audience thought they had heard everything, he goes on to take the monologue a notch up with a crass statement apparently derived from one of his interactions with his son.
"My little boy said, 'Why do girls wear makeup and perfume?" he relays to the congregation. "Because they're ugly and they stink. You don't want to be ugly and stink." According to New York Post, the minister even presents a scenario where a husband and wife enter his office for spiritual guidance, asking how their marriage could be more successful. He responds: "If you were sitting in my office, here’s the first thing I’d say to you — and, boy, I hate to say this, this is why I don’t do marital counseling anymore — and that is: weight control." The clip which has been shared thousands of times has forced the General Baptist Ministries to step up for damage control through a strongly-worded statement. " [Clark's] sermon included comments that are not consistent with the positions and values of General Baptists. In keeping with our structure, the Executive Committee recommended that the Council of Associations and the MoArk Presbytery research the statements and take appropriate action." The statement released on Facebook added that Clark would no longer be a moderator of the General Association of General Baptist meeting next year.
I'd like to tell Pastor Stewart Allen-Clark that he needs to work a little harder to look good from women. He's...how can I put this...not even getting a participation trophy.— HellaMama says Wear Your Dang Mask (@50nfreakingout) March 6, 2021
As of March 2, 2021, Clark has reportedly taken a leave of absence and is seeking professional counseling. Offering an apology to all the women Clark took a horrible potshot at, the statement read: "General Baptists believe that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be valued for that reason. Furthermore, we believe that all individuals regardless of any other factors are so loved by God that Christ died for them." Touching upon why they couldn't fire the pastor, the General Baptist church said it has "autonomy from the national organization, and as a result, General Baptist Ministries does not have authority related to the employment of any pastor or church leader in a local congregation."
Pastor Stewart Allen-Clark apparently never looked in the mirror. How shocking is the double-standard? Not really it’s been going on forever. This couldn’t have been his coming out sermon. I’m sure he spews his BS on a regular basis. I guess better late than never that he’s gone?— Julie Kanealiʻi (@juliekanealii) March 7, 2021
While the patriarchal society has been spreading the message of compliance to women for years now in far subtler ways, Clark went on to lay bare the misogyny with a horrible speech and has written himself into the history books for all the wrong reasons.
A viral video shows Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark preaching on the importance of wives pleasing their husbands and ‘not letting themselves go.’ https://t.co/NKBHerW0XF— abc27 News (@abc27News) March 7, 2021