So much integrity.
Panti’s Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre (by rory oneill)
This is pretty fantastic.
If you’re not Irish (or have been living in a cave somewhere), a drag queen named Pati/Rory O’Neil dared to say homophobia was subtle and perpetuated by people who campaign against gay rights, naming a couple of notable cases. These notable cases took exception and threaten the state broadcaster with legal action, who quickly rolled over and paid them €85,000.
Furthermore, the segment in which the names were mentioned was speedily edited out of the online version of the programme, and Rory O’Neill himself has been threatened with legal action. Instead of forking out 85k of hush money, Panti took to the stage of the national theatre and gave this speech.
The night that this was performed (Feb 1st), the state broadcaster conceded to having a ‘debate’ on that same show about homophobia. Ultimately, it boiled down to definitely-not-homophobes trying to convince the audience that there was a real problem in describing discrimination and prejudice as homophobia (yes you read that right), and the ‘neutral’ host suggesting that “a little bit of institutional discrimination” shouldn’t really be a problem (yes I’m serious), and that maybe for the sake of reasonable discourse the word ‘homophobia’ should be banned from discussions on same sex marriage (no I’m not joking, yes I know this is past satire).
I am sure you’ll be shocked to learn that mainstream media has been almost silent on the matter. I am also sure you’ll be completely taken aback to learn that because mainstream journalists aren’t talking about it, public outcry (which has already been damage-controlled through what seems to be effectively a media blackout) has been dismissed as an internet storm in a teacup - though after a public protest in Dublin today, there does seem to be some acknowledgement appearing in the press.
Anyway. You should watch the speech, and maybe even give it a reblog.
It’s hella good.