Friday 15 November 2019

Pope turns off and tunes out

People who don't watch television are weird. There was never even one kid in school who didn't watch television who wasn't a bit weird. The only people weirder were their parents who were always dressed in wool and corduroy, holidayed every summer in Ballybunion and told everyone, whether they wanted to hear it or not, how disgraceful it was how few people could speak 'as Gaeilge'

Pope Francis is one such weirdo, albeit more the churchy rather than the Gaelgoir kind. He's not watched television since 1990. But then maybe he's not that weird. You wouldn't expect god's representative on earth to spend his evenings watching such gems as Dating Naked, Snog, Marry, Avoid and Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men. He's probably been too busy figuring out ways to say that the Church is down with the gays without actually being down with them at all.

It's a shame he hasn't though, he could have learnt a lot, like how The Simpsons has been rubbish for 15 years, how Larry David is the funniest man alive, and how seasons three and four of Love/Hate were much better than one and two. He could actually be 'with it' rather than desperately trying to be, like he does now, and embarrassingly so, like some old man who sits with all the young people at a wedding, laughing along to everything but without a clue as to who or what an Iggy Azaela really is.

Christopher Jackson

Sunday Independent

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