In a Channel 4 News exclusive, Cordelia Lynch spoke with the mother of the 7 year old child from Tallaght taken into care by Gardai this week.
When the child’s mother is asked if there is a problem with the way Irish people view Romas, she replies:
“No we don’t have a problem with them but they do. We don’t know why, we haven’t done anything. We haven’t done crimes but they just hate us. Just because we’re wearing dresses and we’re Roma people. We haven’t done anything bad.”
Please post a thing about this bad thing being so bad and being on TV…
Calling this London Irish instead of Sociopath Central is a little bit risky, then, because although these ghoulish characters might not be stereotypes, the episodes are bookended by the four friends sitting in a pub musing on what it means to be Irish: this week, Patrick argues that the Irish don’t binge-drink, even as a steaming Conor wets himself in the seat next to him.
…But the people of Ireland shouldn’t be worried about the programme reflecting on them negatively, because this transcends nationality; if anything, the entire human race might want to start distancing itself from London Irish.
The characters were four twentysomething friends — let’s call them Ditzy, Grumpy, Earnest and Thick — trying to organise a pub quiz to win a magnum of vodka. They’d do anything for vodka, you see. Those Irish boozers, aren’t they hilarious?
But there’s much more to racist Irish cliches than just incontinent alcoholism. They make bizarre leaps of logic, they have riotous religious hang-ups and uproarious sexual obsessions, they swear like how’s-your-father and the impish little rascals always know where to get drugs and guns.
Arthur Mathews‘ pilot, ‘Toast of London’ premieres tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm.
Steven Toast (Matt Berry) is asked to audition for long-running television series ‘Summer Time Murders’. However, the producer has been imprisoned for racial chanting on the set of his own production, so Toast has to audition for the part of a gay corrupt detective during prisoners’ visiting time.