Friday 16 November 2018

Kenny unapologetic at `it' jibe over Euro winner

EUGENE MOLONEY

RTE star Pat Kenny yesterday defended his controversial description of transsexual Eurovision winner Dana International as ``he, she or it''.

RTE star Pat Kenny yesterday defended his controversial description of transsexual Eurovision winner Dana International as ``he, she or it''.

On his radio show he admitted his description of the singer during Saturday night's performance had resulted in some angry e-mail but he confessed it could have been even worse.

``I was tempted to say it's a great night for geldings but I didn't because I was being sensitive. It is very difficult to come to terms with the hoo ha and the ballyhoo that surrounded Dana International.''

And last night he revealed he would be keen to have the Israeli singer on his television show. He said given his comments, he was sure it would be an interesting interview.

He said while he had no problem giving Irish entry Dawn Martin a consolation kiss after her Eurovision performance he would have been ``absolutely confused'' about what do to if Dana International had been representing Ireland.

On Eurovision night the popular broadcaster referred to the victory of ``he, she or it'' and said the audience were applauding a freak show.

But by the time of his radio show yesterday he confessed: ``I'm in trouble this morning.''

One of the e-mails sent to him said: ``I did feel it was totally unnecessary for you to continually remind us of the fact that Dana International was a transsexual every single time you mentioned her.''

He told listeners: ``It gets ridiculous. It doesn't matter about the hormones. The essential difference between men and women physically is the fact that women have ovaries and can bear children. That's what really defines a woman physically, not emotionally, not professionally.

``You can put the boobs on, and all the baubles and all the big hair you like, but unless you literally are capable of giving birth, you are not really a woman, are you?''

Last night he said although he had interviewed the singer for his Friday radio show he was still confused about her sexuality. ``I don't know what she is.''

Pat added while there had been a huge reaction to her success, he doubted whether there would have been the same interest if the winner had sung the same song but had been someone other than a transsexual.

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