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I'm not snobbish about Mean Girls - in fact, I take it very seriously indeed - that's why I know Leo was wrong to quote it

Ciara O'connor



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(L to R) Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls

(L to R) Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls

(L to R) Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls

Everywhere we look these days, our favourite millennial things are being destroyed by problematic powerful people. No sooner had we all become experts on Barthes' The Death of the Author to work through our attachment to the Harry Potter series, than the former Taoiseach starts quoting Mean Girls.

Obviously, a lot of people didn't like that Leo quoted Mean Girls in a speech about the coronavirus, especially when it took up time and energy that could have been spent answering actual questions and concerns about the pandemic.

The line was part of a '50 quid' bet with The Lord Of The Rings actor Sean Astin to quote Mean Girls in his next speech - something that did not comfort those grieving after losing a loved one to Covid-19, or those who watched the reality of the limit-not-existing in care homes across the country.