Wednesday 18 September 2019

Oh dear. Here we go again

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

There are some things we can always take for granted -- the weather in Ireland will be horrible, Irish politicians will turn even the most ardent democrat into a raving anarchist and Tommy Tiernan, who stopped being funny a long time ago, will offend a bunch of people.

And, since Ken Sweeney's story in the Sunday Tribune about Tiernan's undeniably anti-Semitic diatribe at the Electric Picnic, he has managed to offend an entire race.

Responding to a question from the audience about accusations of anti-Semitism, the increasingly unhinged comic went off on a rant that would go down quite well with those who think the Nazis have been treated badly by history.

According to Tiernan: "These Jews, these f*cking c***s come up to me, Christ-killing bastards. F*cking six million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that, no problem. F*ck them. Two at a time, they would have gone. Hold hands, get in there. Leave us your teeth and your glasses."

It's all fairly vile, of course, and it was telling that his rant, accurately described by Alan Shatter as the ramblings of a demented fool, was greeted with laughter and a round of applause from the audience.

But now things have gone ever so slightly daft, with people calling for Tiernan to be prosecuted, which is ridiculous.

After all, if being obnoxious, offensive and unfunny is a crime then this column is looking at 15 years of hard labour.

No, a much better solution is this -- let's see if he'll repeat that material in a Tel Aviv comedy club.

Then we'll see how brave he is.

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