An open-air screening of The Queen of Ireland plus a panel chat involving Panti and others..
Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Michael Le Cool writes:
Bring warm clothes and blankets etc. €5 euro entry at the gate!
— Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) November 16, 2015
Previously: Panti’s Back On
Aunty Panti on a Sunday.
Pub landlady, performer, writer, speechifier, gender discombobulist, and national treasure Panti Bliss returns to the airwaves for the month of May on Dublin music station TXFM, which can be found at 105.2 FM on the wireless whatsit.
The Sunday Service takes in ‘The Fear’-inducing hours of 9am-12noon.
SS host Dee Reddy writes:
I’m delighted to welcome Panti to Sunday Service and back on the airwaves with me. Aunty Panti’s been very busy this past year, so I’ve a lot of my own problems I’ll need her to cover.
We’d love to hear from as many people as possible, so if you have a personal issue you’d like to hear broadcast to a wider audience (and who wouldn’t?) please drop us a line at Dee.Reddy@TXFM.ie before Thursday 16th April.
Panti Bliss writes:
Three cheers for Spar guy (from a friend’s Facebook page).
Via Panti Bliss
Thanks Jane Casey
Thanks Janet Casey
Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, on BBC World’s Have Your Say this afternoon.
Absolutely adore that BBC World described me as a “gender discombobulist” on screen. Lol
Watch from 24.15.
— Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) February 14, 2014
Paul Murphy MEP, speaking under parliamentary privilege in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today discussed homophobia and named names.
“Like the other MEPs, I have been inundated with emails claiming that this report represents an attack on the freedom of speech – because it condemns homophobia. It is deeply ironic because in Ireland at the moment, you have a real attack on the freedom of speech.
National broadcaster, RTE, has censored Rory O’Neill for calling out homophobia, even worse than that, it has paid out 85,000 euros reportedly in damages to those accused of homophobia.
It’s an attack by the right wing conservative forces in Ireland, acceded to by RTE, designed to censor debate in advance of a likely referendum on marriage equality. We must refuse to be silenced.
When John Waters says that gay marriage is ‘a kind of satire’, that is homophobia.
When Breda O’Brien says ‘equality must take second place to the common good’, that is homophobia.
When the Iona Institute campaign against gay marriage because it is gay marriage, that is homophobia.
In the words of Rory O’Neill, these people should get the hell out of our lives.”
Not going away.
Previously: Rory O’Neill (Miss Panti) on Broadsheet
— graham norton (@grahnort) February 3, 2014
— Derren Brown (@DerrenBrown) February 2, 2014
Currently at 55,000 views on YouTube, Panti’s Noble Call video is kind of a big deal.
The original facebook video has over 7,000 views.
Textbook Streisand effect, in fairness.
Previously: Meanwhile, At The Abbey
I submitted a Special Notice Question today in relation to the RTE payout/ #pantigate issue. It was refused. Text to follow. (1/2)
— Catherine Murphy (@CathMurphyTD) January 29, 2014
The apology and payment of damages by the national broadcaster to a private organisation without substantive just cause and… (2/3) — Catherine Murphy (@CathMurphyTD) January 29, 2014
the dangerous precedent for public discourse this action sets.” (3/3)
— Catherine Murphy (@CathMurphyTD) January 29, 2014
In an open letter to RTE, Brian Barrington, a legal expert on equality and human Rights, writes:
“…it is now incumbent on RTE to provide clarification on what it will not permit to be stated in other contexts also. RTE should therefore make clear what it will and will not tolerate in the following scenarios:
a. a person states that women should not be allowed to work outside the home. Is it permissible on Irish Television to offer the opinion that the person is a misogynist, even if one makes clear that he or she believes that misogyny includes discrimination against women?
b. a person states that Ireland should have fewer immigrants. Will RTE censor any person who states that the speaker is xenophobic?
c. a Northern Ireland politician objects to an Orange Order march, stating that the Orange Order is sectarian. Will RTE prevent the broadcast of such utterances and provide compensation to leading lights in the Orange Order?
If, however, any of the above is permissible, will RTE explain why it is not equally permissible to state that a group that campaigns against same sex marriage is homophobic?
Full letter here
“In its apology to the Iona Institute, RTÉ stated “is an important part of democratic debate that people must be able to hold dissenting views on controversial issues”, in terms presumably agreed in advance with the Iona Institute.
What these words tell us that it isn’t just a definition of marriage or homophobia that the Iona Institute seeks, but the power to enforce definitions that maintain proper order, including the definition of democracy.
According to the idea of democratic debate shared by RTÉ, the Iona Institute and Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan (and many other people), democratic debate doesn’t need to account for inequalities and prejudices enforced by dominant institutions.
It doesn’t need to account for the power to summon lawyers to threaten and prosecute.
It doesn’t need to account for the history of violence perpetrated against oppressed minorities and communities and the social wellsprings of such oppression.
It doesn’t need to account for conflicting interests and motives (‘it is also a very important part of democratic debate that individuals do not constantly have their motives and intentions called into question’)
It doesn’t need to account for the fact that calls for tolerance and respectful debate and liberal persuasion are a great deal easier in these parts when you are invited to speak up on behalf of the oppressive tendencies of the State, not against them.
Hat tip: Gavan Titley and Buzz