Monday 23 October 2017

New Rubberbandits series: 'Smut on TV will really solve the problems of young Irish people'

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Michael O'Doherty

Michael O'Doherty

SIX months ago, David Chambers, aka Blindboy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits, was the Messiah.

Appearing on The Late Late Show, he spoke for the nation's disaffected youth, railing against the lack of opportunities for Ireland's under 30s with the comment, "My generation can't afford to have houses; my generation can't afford to have children; my generation are either leaving the country or jumping into rivers".

While most sensible people raised a quizzical eyebrow to the slightly sensationalist nature of this comment - perhaps opining that it was nothing short of unmitigated b******s - this didn't deter the Twitterati from offering their unmitigated support.

This weekend, deep thinkers that they are, The Rubberbandits unveiled their latest, much-awaited anthropological project, a magnum opus on the Irish condition, which will hold up a mirror to this broken society, and light the way forward for a disenfranchised generation.

They're making a TV show on which people have sex.

In an advertisement on an adult website, they boys are looking for "professional porn actors and ordinary couples wanted for paid TV gig. I'm working on a TV programme that examines our relationship to sex".

This might, to the untrained eye, seem like a crass attempt to get ratings, but according to The 'Bandits, there is a deeply sociological motivation. That's because the show's focus, other than pixelated genitalia, will be to show that sex between people who "love each other" is "nothing like the misogynist stuff online."

In so doing, they have asked that one set of participants be professional porn actors, while the other be a regular, average looking Irish couple. Because obviously, the one thing that your average Irish couple want to do is have sex on national television for the amusement of those on social media.

That's all very well, but dare one suggest that, for a pair that like to position themselves as cutting edge and against old-fashioned, conservative Ireland, there is something a tbit 1980s about the project.

There was a furore when The Lovers' Guide videos were first released, allowing people to view intimate relations without the stigma of having to visit an adult video store, but that was 30 years ago.

Nowadays, is there anyone on the planet who still believes that the kind of coupling seen in porn movies is the same as what goes on the privacy of the average person's home?

Back in January, Blindboy Boatclub believed that the only options open to young Irish men were to emigrate or end their lives, so he at least seems to have changed his stance as regards this. After all, he's now realised there is a third, far more satisfying, option.

Sitting at home with a few beers and a box of tissues, watching smut on TV.

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