Monday 25 September 2017

The people who managed to make threesomes tiresome

Threesomes. It seems impossible, but by the end of the week any sane person would have been bored to death at the thought of them.

The story of spunout.ie, a HSE resource website for young people, and what its critics view as its apparent proselytising of ménages-á-trois was all over the airwaves like a rash . . . no pun intended. And it encapsulated a lot of what's wrong with radio discussion.

So many people take such a hard line on things, as if by reflex. Interestingly, though, in this case the self-styled liberals were more mindless in their reactions than the conservatives – and it gives me no joy to say that.

For instance, Petra Conroy of Catholic Comment, talking to The Right Hook (Newstalk) stand-in Bobby Kerr – a decent job he's doing, too – was eminently reasonable in her comments, as was Paddy Scully of the same group on The Last Word (Today FM).

Even the much-derided Michelle Mulherin, I thought, came across as alright on Breakfast (Newstalk).

I mightn't agree with everything she says, but she didn't strike me as the shrieking fascist she's been portrayed as, by a narrow-minded (and ironically misogynist) consensus.

The other side of the argument, though, seemed more belligerent, more reductive – and worst of all, quite ageist. That was the main contention this old geezer picked up from SpunOut advocates; sex, apparently, was invented by the younger generation.

Bit of news for you, Sonny Jim – people were getting it on for quite a while before you were born. Indeed, that's one of the main reasons you were born in the first place.

And speaking of the older generation . . . remember Michael Bolton? Anyone who recalls the 1980s and 1990s will assuredly be now shuddering at the thought of the whale-voiced singer and his horrendous hair, which resembled a wig made from road-kill and carpet samples.

But what do you know – Michael Bolton is a pretty cool guy, as demonstrated on Tubridy (2FM). Tubs gave a long and weirdly sneery intro to the piece, but in fairness then handled the interview well.

And the much-maligned Michael was funny, self-aware, self-deprecating and quite charming. It was almost enough to make up for that hair.

dmcmanus@independent.ie

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