If you can't stand the heat...
Published 01/11/2015 | 02:30
I quite like her and assumed she'd be enough of a pro to take the rough with the smooth
Public spats are always hugely entertaining. They lighten the mood of a nation, give us all something to snigger about and this week's kerfuffle about a TV column by Herald critic Pat Stacey is a classic of its kind.
Stacey wrote a pretty scathing piece about Maïa Dunphy and Angela Scanlon because, y'know, they're always on the telly and he writes about telly for a living. It's how the business works, after all
Cue shrieks of outrage from Dunphy, who released a peevish Tweet wondering how Stacey's bosses thought it was 'appropriate' to publish the offending piece. The subtext was obvious - it is 'inappropriate' to write anything about her that isn't glowing. I hate to say that because I quite like her and assumed she'd be enough of a pro to take the rough with the smooth.
But at least she had a horse in the race which is more than can be said for her Twitter fans. According to these thin-skinned simpletons, the critic 'hates women'; 'is terrified of strong women' and my personal favourite: 'Would he say the same thing about a male presenter?'
This is when identity politics goes completely mad and insists that everything has to be about gender, even when it's just about television.
But there was an almost sinister undertone to 2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott's remarks on his show on Wednesday evening when he grudgingly admitted that while Stacey 'has a right to his opinion' he is 'an older man who wasn't the target audience.'
I'll tell you what the target audience is - anyone who pays their licence fee. They should remember that in RTÉ.