Sunday 27 May 2018

Blindboy Boatclub reveals why he wears that plastic bag on his head

Blindboy Boatclub, of the Rubberbandits
Blindboy Boatclub, of the Rubberbandits
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Blindboy Boatclub has revealed why he wears a plastic bag on his head.

It's the question on everyone's lips when it comes to the Rubberbandits star who has been performing as part of the duo since he was 15.

While some people say they can't respect what he says or take him seriously with a plastic bag obscuring his face, he has a very understandable reason for wearing it.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday morning, Blindboy revealed it is simply about privacy.

Having dealt with anxiety and agoraphobia throughout his life he says he does not think he would like to be recognised when he's out and about.

"I just like to live a normal everyday life.... I'd rather just be on the level and be anonymous and live a normal life and go into Tesco and buy toilet roll and no one knows who I am, or even get into an argument with the manager about... carrots you know? I couldn't do that if I was you," he told Ryan.

In recent years Blindboy has become an advocate for mental health and revealed he dealt with anxiety in college.

Thankfully he was able to access counselling through college but said he would have been unable to afford to address his anxiety had he not been attending college.

He uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help him deal with anxiety.  He said it retrains how his brain thinks and he now recognises triggers before they have a chance to cause issues.

"It's like I've got a garden and I'm tending it all the time, I don't let it grow over, and then have to go out there with a chainsaw," he said.

"My autonomous response to a negative thought is a rational thought."

He said it was a mental health issue and not a mental illness.

Blindboy has launched a new podcast series and recently he called out MMA star Conor McGregor over his homophobic remarks.

"I didn't like the homophobic remarks he made, I didn't like the context and intent he used in them," said Blindboy.

"And I also didn't like when he slapped that referee there a couple of weeks ago. Someone needs to sit him down, he needs to humble himself."

Although he does not approve of McGregor's behaviour he says he still respects him as a fighter.

"I would like to educate younger people who are behaving this way too so that they might change their behaviour," he said.

"You can't be using slurs like that against any group whose voice is marginalised, it's not acceptable, not in that context and intent."

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