Irish Twitter vs The Queen’s Death Was A Gong Show Yesterday

Sep 9, 2022

I called my parents yesterday to ask them about their thoughts on the passing of their Queen Elizabeth. Jim and Sue immigrated to Canada from England when I was 2. They aren’t “Royal Watchers,” but Queen Elizabeth reigned for 70 of my parent’s 71 years.

They were sad.

The Irish? Not so much.

Irish Twitter was EN FUEGO, and they let the world know.

England and Ireland have a complicated history.

The Irish hate the Monarchy because they’ve been subjugated and murdered by the Monarchy for a few centuries.

Bloody Sunday in 1972 was the last big mass murder of the Irish people by the Crown, but to say the Irish hate the Monarchy would be putting it lightly.

That’s why “Irish Twitter has been trending for 48 hours. The Irish are speaking up and have a very different opinion about the Queen for legitimate reasons.

We don’t all share the same experiences, so we can’t expect the same reaction to news of Queen Elizabeth’s death.

The Queen effectively sanctioned a BUNCH of heavy-handed colonial deaths over her 70 years on the throne. Including authorizing the shooting of 15 Irish citizens on a soccer pitch in Derry, Ireland, in 72 to put down an uprising.

The Queen’s royal history and ancestry also ushered in the slave trade and the pillaging of Africa, so “Black Twitter” trended yesterday too.

I can understand that.

(this was recorded in January but went viral yesterday because – of Irish Twitter)

Thank God we live in such an accepting time. We can look at the context behind countries and cultures while they stunt on the death of a MAJOR historical figure and laugh.

Or not.

Take the “Lizzy in a box” soccer chant from last night’s soccer game in Cork, Ireland.

Too soon? Over here? Yes.

Over there? No. And I will not be the guy to tell Irish or Black Twitter that they’re not entitled to it.

And neither are you.

It’s entirely possible to watch the funeral and soak in the passing of a significant historical figure AND appreciate the Schadenfreude certain cultures and countries are feeling.

This MAY come as a shock to the hardcore overly-concerned-with-everyone being-nice-all -the-fucking-time crowd, but the Irish, Africa, and several other countries are allowed to be mean about the Queen’s passing. You’re also allowed to be offended by it but at your peril.

Never a good idea to mess with Irish Twitter. I live by it.


Dean Blundell

Dean Blundell is a Canadian radio personality. Best known as a longtime morning host on CFNY-FM (The Edge) in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015 he was named the new morning host on sports radio station CJCL (Sportsnet 590 The Fan). Dean started his career in radio in 2001 and for nearly 20 years been entertaining the radio audience. Dean’s newest venture is the launch of his site and podcast which is gaining tremendous momentum across North America.

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