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I'm turning into a phobia-phobic

vIt was bound to happen. With Rory O'Neill having made homophobia the cause du jour this year, it was only a matter of time before someone hijacked the expression.

Sure enough, in criticising the new RTE sitcom The Centre, which features as its central character a pre-op transsexual, the Transgender Equality Network has reportedly referred to the caricature as propagating "transphobia".

It's comedy, guys, in the same way that Oliver Callan, Mario Rosenstock and Brendan O'Carroll dressing-up as women is comedy. You may not find it funny, but it's not going to destroy society.

All you're going to do with attempts at self-publicity like this one is make the public phobia-phobic.