Bernard-Henri Levy Pt. 1

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Stephen informs Bernard-Henri Levy that Americans think of public intellectualizing the same as public urination. (5:35)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS ONE OF THE

INTELLECTUAL SUPERSTARS IN

EUROPE, OR AS THEY CALL IT,

"FUTBOL."

PLEASE WELCOME BERNARD-HENRI

LEVY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

BON SOIR, MISSURE.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

NOW, YOU ARE SOMETHING OF A

RARITY IN AMERICA.

YOU ARE A PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE PERHAPS

THE MOST FAMOUS, MOST POPULAR

PHILOSOPHER IN FRANCE.

OKAY.

>> I DON'T KNOW.

>> Stephen: DO YOU WIN THAT IN

A REALITY SHOW OVER THERE?

"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN PI LOSS

FINDS"?

WHY IS PUBLIC INTELLECTUALISM

POPULAR IN FRANCE?

WE DON'T LIKE IT.

WE THINK OF PUBLIC

INTELLECTUALIZING THE SAME AS

PUBLIC YOU NATION.

>> YOU ARE A SORT OF PUBLIC

INTELLECTUAL.

>> Stephen: SHUT UP.

>> NO, NO, NO.

SERIOUSLY.

I WATCHED YOU ABOUT SARAH PALIN.

>> Stephen: MISSUER.

INTELLECTUALS ARE THINKING ABOUT

THINGS.

I AM FEELING AT THINGS.

THERE IS A DIFTION.

>> BUT THE RESULT IS THE SAME.

>> Stephen: THE RESULT IS THE

SAME?

SO WE ARE NOT SO DIFFERENT, YOU

AND I.

>> I THINK SO.

IT DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS GOOD.

>> Stephen: YOU REMIND ME OF A

YOUNG ME.

>> I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS GOOD

FOR YOU OR ME, BUT IT IS THE

TRUTH.

I LISTENED AND I LAUGHED.

>> Stephen: I'M GLAD YOU

LISTENED.

>> I SEE.

THEY LAUGH BUT THEY DON'T

LISTEN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: FIRST OF ALL, I

WANT THE CONGRATULATE YOU ON

LOOKING EXACTLY LIKE A FRENCH

PHILOSOPHER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> WHICH IS WHAT?

>> Stephen: OH, THE OPEN

SHIRT, THE LITTLE CHEST SHOWING,

SWEEPING HAIR, YOU KNOW, THE

SLIGHTLY JUST ON THE BORDER OF

LOOKING LIKE A CONDUCTOR.

THIS IS TRUTH THAT THERE'S GOD

BECAUSE EVOLUTION COULDN'T DO

THIS.

THIS WAS INTELLIGENTLY DESIGNED.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: BY THE WAY, IS

THERE A GOD?

>> I THINK SO.

>> Stephen: YOU DO?

BUT YOU'RE A FAMOUS ATHEIST.

YOU'RE LIKE THE POPE OF

ATHEISTS.

>> NO, NO.

MY THEORY IN THE NEW BOOK IN

"PUBLIC ENEMIES" IS THAT GOD

EXISTS BUT THAT HE WITHDREW FROM

THE WORLD.

GOD WENT AWAY BECAUSE HE HAD

BETTER TO DO THAN MANAGE THE

WORLD AND US.

>> Stephen: HE'S A BUSY GUY.

>> HE'S A BUSY DISIE.

AND HE TOLD TO MANKIND, DO IT

YOURSELF.

I HAVE AN EYE ON YOU.

I WATCH YOU, BUT DO IT YOURSELF.

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

THE MAN THAT YOU WROTE THIS BOOK

WITH.

IT'S CALLED "PUBLIC ENEMIES:

DUELING WRITERS TAKE ON EACH

OTHER AND THE WORLD."

TELL ME HOW THIS BOOK CAME

ABOUT.

IT'S A FASCINATING STORY.

>> THIS BOOK CAME BECAUSE ONE

DAY I RECEIVED A TEXT TELLING ME

HE WAS DECEMBER -- DISSPARED,

READY TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

SO I SENT HIM A TEXT AND I SAID,

"WAIT A MINUTE BEFORE COMMITTING

SUICIDE.

LET'S HAVE DINNER FIRST."

>> Stephen: THANK GOD IT WAS A

TEXT.

IF IT WAS SNAIL MAIL, YOU WOULD

NEVER HAVE GOTTEN...

>> IT IS TRUE.

IT IS TRUE.

THIS IS ONE ADVANTAGE OF THE

TECHNOLOGY.

>> Stephen: SO WHY WAS HE IN

DISSPARE?

>> WE HAD DINNER.

HE TOLD ME HE WAS IN DISSPARE

BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS WITH HIS

LIFE, PROBLEMS WITH MAYBE

SOMEBODY ELSE.

>> Stephen: PROBLEMS WITH HIS

MISTRESS?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

YOU SAID IT.

PROBLEMS WITH HIS DOG.

>> Stephen: WITH HIS DOG?

>> WITH HIS DOG.

WITH HIS PET DOG.

>> Stephen: HIS PET DOG.

>> AND PROBLEMS BECAUSE HE HAS

NOBODY TO DEBATE WITH.

>> Stephen: I HAVE TO SAY,

SIR, IF YOU'VE COME TO THE POINT

THAT YOU'RE DEBATING YOUR DOG,

YOU'RE TOO FAR GONE.

>> SO WHAT DID I ANSWER, YOUR

WIFE I CAN'T DO ANYTHING, YOUR

SECOND PROBLEM, EVEN LESS, YOUR

DOG, FORGET IT, BUT DEBATE,

LET'S DEBATE.

>> Stephen: SO YOU WROTE

LETTERS BACK AND FORTH IN

DEBATE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO LET ME BE CLEAR

ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

AMERICA AND EUROPE.

THIS IS A BECOME OF INTELLECTUAL

PHILOSOPHERS WRITING A DEBATE IN

LETTERS, AND IT'S AN ENORMOUS

HIT IN EUROPE.

THEY LOVE THIS 678 THEY GOBBLE

IT UP.

YOU'RE LIKE A ROCK STAR, RIGHT?

YOU WALK DOWN THE STREET AND

PEOPLE GO...

>> BER!

AND WELLBECK EVEN MORE.

HE'S A HUGE TALENT.

AND THE DOG OF WELLBECK.

THE BIGGEST STAR OF US THREE IS

NOT WELLBECK, BUT THE DOG.

>> Stephen: I BET HE'S GETTING

ALL KIND OF BITCHES.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU'LL STAY RIGHT THERE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE

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