Tuesday 13 November 2018

Did you hear the one about Joe Duffy and the bold TV comedian?

Darragh McManus

Darragh McManus

Isn't life funny? Funny in the laughing sense, and the ironic sense. Joe Duffy's outburst on TV3 this week, about his comic portrayal by David McSavage, was funny -- mostly in the ironic sense.

Here we had the working-class hero turned pillar of the establishment lambasting his satirical mauling by the scion of a political dynasty turned bad boy. By rights it should have been the other way around.

The Victorians coined a term, "épater la bourgeoisie": to shock the middle classes by being wilfully outrageous or obnoxious, just for the hell of it. The Decadents did it, Oscar Wilde, Salvador Dali.

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