Brit continues to bemoan The Mary Beard Experience, rightly so. He points to her bizarre and insensitive views as being typical of the knee-jerk anti-American left. Which, of course, they are. However, he struggles to explain why she might hold them. I would argue that to pursue a rational, political explanation is to head off in the wrong direction.
MB is merely a show-off. She most closely resembles Rod Liddle. In fact, she's the female Rod Liddle, just as Rod Liddle is the male Mary Beard. They're two peas in a pod, the golden couple of exhibitionism.
There's usually no point in trying to rationalise their views - instead, look to what sort of effect they have. That gives you the secret of why they hold them. They just play to different galleries.
Personally, I think their natures are to be found pretty much entirely in their photos (which I can't bear to reproduce here). I'm sure you knew these types during your schooldays: the ugly, clever girl who finds the attention she craves by setting out to shock the nuns with her unconventional views and by flashing her knickers at the boys; the ugly, clever boy who shows off his unique qualities by dying his hair purple and by being plain rude, consideration and politeness being examples of bourgeois hypocrisy, oh yes.
Nothing wrong with all this, of course. We probably all did a bit of it. But, then, most of us grew up. We probably had to as, unlike our celebrity couple - and let's give them their due here - we didn't have the talent for shocking, the cleverness and the flair, to be able to make a career out of it. Or perhaps we just didn't have the neediness.
Anyway, what is to be done? As your mother told you when you were provoked by this sort of child: 'don't dear, you'll only encourage them'.