Tuesday 24 October 2017

People are talking: Ruth Negga is real Person of the Year

Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga

Pat Fitzpatrick

Donald Trump stole the limelight again this week, when Time magazine chose him as its Person of the Year. Look, at least Nigel Farage or Vladimir Putin didn't win. And it wasn't even the biggest cover story of the week. Because Ruth Negga was on the front of Vogue. (The magazine, as against Vogue Williams.)

You'll probably want to brush up on Ruth. Never mind the Vogue cover, she's already hotly tipped for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Loving where she plays Mildred Jeter, a black woman whose relationship with a white man forced an end to the ban on mixed-race marriage in 1950s America. The critics are falling over themselves at her performance.

Mildred Jeter's life story taking the Oscar would be a perfect riposte to Time's Person of the Year, from a Hollywood elite still coming to terms with the fact that Hillary Clinton is in semi-retirement. The stars are aligned, in more ways than one. Ruth is on the fast-track to global fame. It's only a matter of time before the Daily Telegraph claims she's British.

This will require a massive readjustment on all our parts. If we're honest about this, Ruth has slipped off the radar here since she appeared as Rosie on Love/Hate. Yes, she featured in 12 Years a Slave, but hardly any of us saw it, because we all stay at home now watching boxsets we stole off the internet. An Oscar nomination will put Ruth front and centre. An Oscar win and she's Ireland's Person of the Century, faster than you can say Bono Who?

Ruth's rise and rise will also force a majority of Irish people to face the awkward truth. Why Limerick? Ruth grew up there. And it's now clear that some of the most iconic Irish people on the global stage come from that part of the world. Richard Harris, Terry Wogan, Paul O'Connell are just some of the names that come to mind. And this is before we even get to Willie O'Dea. The most seismic thing to come out of this is that we might have to stop laughing at Limerick. Other people might have to face the fact that we have some of the coolest and biggest names in acting right now. Ruth is about to take her place alongside Michael Fassbender, Saoirse Ronan, Cillian Murphy, Aidan Turner and Colin Farrell.

You never know, this time next year, we could be relishing the fact that one of them is Time's Person of the Year. Even if that puts them in the same category as this year's winner.

Gerry misses his cue to exit stage left again

Eilis O'Hanlon

First there was Brexit. Then came talk of Irexit and Frexit to follow. Finally it seemed this week that there might be the chance of Gerexit too - the departure of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams over his less than transparent account of what he knows about the 1983 murder of prison officer Brian Stack.

In the end, it didn't happen. Not yet anyway, though there's only a few weeks to go before Christmas so Gerry's colleagues in the Dail could still get him a one-way train ticket back to Belfast for his Secret Santa.

Remember when politics was all about funding the health service and making the trains run on time and boring, respectable things like that?

Now it's all about who knows what about this or that brutal murder, but it's all come to seem perfectly ordinary because it happens so often. Abnormal is the new normal in Irish politics.

Gerry, at least, is clear. Like Manuel in Fawlty Towers, his catchphrase is: "I know nothing." Has he not heard the old saying about ignorance being no defence?

Kan 2016 get any worse? Yes, Kimye aren't splitting

Donal Lynch

After Brexit, Trump, Brangelina and all the celeb deaths in 2016 some of us might be wondering, sure what's another punch to the gut anyway? But then it was reported that Kim and Kanye West aren't splitting up after all and some people still couldn't decide; was this a reprieve from more earth-shattering celebrity tittle-tattle or further confirmation that this year was just the worst.

Not that we would wish divorce on anyone but Kimye feels a bit played out by this point. Their moniker - Kimye - makes them sound like they might be a rescued circus elephant rather than an international celebrity phenomenon, and the marriage just doesn't seem good for either of them. Kim just hasn't been her usual attention-seeking-self in recent times and she must be feeling that she's long overdue a husband upgrade.

Kanye's hilarious musings/self-evident cries for help have become ever more entertaining/concerning and if anyone could give him the support he needs it's probably Kim's legion of exes. If they stay together much longer it's also possible that another child will have to face the burden of life with a ridiculous sounding name.

Of course Kim might have trouble finding another man who will help her "sort through her closet" or who seems proud that she's famous because of a blowjob ("Eat breakfast at Gucci/My girl a superstar all from a home movie") but if they did split she wouldn't have to listen to him go postal or confuse himself with Jesus any more.

May clobbered over dress sense

Anne Marie Scanlon

Oh the rage! The burny, burny rage. British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of being out of touch with ordinary people. That isn't what distresses us here at People Are Talking. Mrs May is a career politician and as such it's pretty much a given that she hasn't a clue about us common folk. No, it's the reasons, the alleged evidence. In a photo accompanying a newspaper interview Mrs May wore £995 Amanda Wakeley leather trackpants and a pair of Burberry trainers that came close to £300. Clobber far too expensive for the average 'JAM' (Just About Managing) British citizen, true. But do people honestly think that her male predecessor, not to mention all those muppets in our own Dail, get their suits off the peg from Top Man or Dunnes Stores? But they're blokes so who cares, right? May then cooked her own 'out of touch' goose by announcing she's serving one for Christmas dinner. What a turkey!

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