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Joyce, Churchill and Jonah Hill? Trinity is really dumbing down


Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill at Trinity

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill at Trinity

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill at Trinity

It’s three years since the daunting intellect that is Jonah Hill graced Ireland with his presence.

At that time, attending the premiere of his latest witless movie, Hill appeared on Ireland AM, after which he launched into a tirade about presenter Mark Cagney.

He accused the host of being weird’ and patronising’, simply because Cagney had the temerity to suggest that Hill might like to extend his oeuvre beyond brainless teen comedies. Which, three years later, he still hasn’t done.

“That guy was weird, man... He was like, So are you going to evolve your career?’ And I was like, That’s mean dude...’,” said one of the world’s foremost thinkers. And Hill’s contribution to modern culture has now finally received proper recognition because last week, on another junket to Dublin to promote his latest piece of celluloid idiocy, Jonah and co-star Channing Tatum (right) were presented with Bram Stoker medals by the Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin.

That’s right - Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and philosophy, in the same sentence.

Notable visitors to the Phil in the past have included James Joyce, Winston Churchill and Frederick Engels. In more recent years, they’ve added a celebrity element to their offerings,in the shape of people like Bono, Oliver Stone and Stephen Fry, people who have something to say.

But as a thank you, it seems, for allowing themselves to be photographed under the Campanile, and coming out with the usual scripted dross about wanting to make their next movie in Ireland and looking forward to a pint of Guinness, this real life Dumb and Dumber have now joined some of the world’s foremost politicians and philosophers on Trinity’s roll call of honour.

In saluting the stars of another inane Hollywood movie, the Phil’ have at a stroke undone over 400 years of learning, and made everyone who has passed through its gates ever so slightly ashamed for having done so.

The timing is all the more unfortunate as Trinity College is in the middle of re-branding its identity, keen to stress what a great centre of learning it remains to this day.

And when students in the far-flung corners of the world find out that the university’s oldest society has honoured Johan Hill, no doubt the applications will come flooding in...

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