We are having an open discussion on my show on @RTE2fm tomorrow about face masks. Do you have strong opinions on wearing them or not wearing them ? I’d love to hear from you. Mail me jen@rte
— Jennifer Zamparelli (@JenniferMaguire) September 14, 2020
A planned discussion on mask-wearing on RTÉ 2FM’s Jennifer Zamparelli Show has been scrapped following criticism on Twitter.
The presenter sounded clearly wounded on the show, as she announced: “Yes, I put out a tweet without thinking about the words I used,” but she added: “The intention of my tweet was very different to what was interpreted. I wanted your reaction on the weekend [protests].”
The presenter said she understood that her using the word “discussion” had “set off anger and hurt” adding “but to be honest it [anti-mask views] really shocked me, it shocked me as someone wearing a face mask since before we had to.”
“It’s very clear people don’t want this conversation to happen,” she said. “Judging from the reaction, we will not be doing this item today.”