The adultery in "House of Cards" was too much for Rep. Ryan.
The popular political drama House of Cards may be praised by many, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) isn’t one of them.
“I watched the first couple of episodes until he cheated on his wife with that reporter,” Ryan told Parade magazine in an interview published Friday. “It turned my stomach so much that I just couldn’t watch it anymore.”
Ryan states the character hits “close to home.” Ryan’s reservations stem from the conclusion that many viewers will associate Frank Underwood’s character to real people in congress.
“His behavior was so reprehensible, and it hit too close to home because he was a House member, that it just bothered me too much,” Ryan said. “And what I thought is, it makes us all look like we’re like that.”
While Ryan isn’t a fan, the show has generated lots of buzz in the Washington, D.C. area. Last year a House of Cards spoof was featured at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, with actor Kevin Spacey, who plays Underwood, exchanging zingers with real-life Washington notables like Sen. John Mccain.
Spacey also performed as Underwood in another video released this week to celebrate former President Bill Clinton’s birthday. In it, Spacey pulls off his best Clinton impersonation in attempt to trick former Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton into revealing her gift to her husband.