RTE has issued an apology over a “blasphemous” video that aired throughout their New Yr’s Eve Countdown present – however will proceed to permit viewers to observe the section, which can now carry a warning.
The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Eire Eamon Martin yesterday called on the broadcaster to take away a comedy sketch, which aired throughout RTE’s New Yr’s Eve countdown programme.
The offensive clip – made in collaboration with satirical web site Waterford Whispers – is a mock information bulletin through which God is accused of sexual harassment and sentenced for rape.
The video exhibits a person in a protracted white hair and beard protesting as he’s led away in garda custody, whereas well-known information anchor Aengus MacGrianna says the “5 millionth-year previous impregnated a younger Center Jap woman towards her will”.
He says God was then sentenced to 2 years in jail with the “final 24 months suspended”.
The clip ended with a line that film producer Harvey Weinstein, who’s serving a 23-year sentence within the US for rape and sexual assault, had “requested for a retrial in Eire”.
It was considered one of quite a lot of faux information bulletins RTE confirmed on Thursday night time.
On Friday, Archbishop Martin referred to as on RTÉ to take away what he described because the “deeply offensive and blasphemous clip.”
In an announcement right now, the broadcaster acknowledged that some viewers have been offended by the sketch and stated that round 600 complaints have been obtained to this point.
‘RTE WISHES TO APOLOGISE’
It stated: “RTÉ recognises that issues which may trigger offence naturally differ from individual to individual, inside comedy and satire particularly.
“Having reviewed the suggestions and complaints obtained up thus far, RTÉ needs to apologise to those that have been offended by the section.
“The formal complaints obtained by RTÉ are being entered into our complaints system and might be responded to in accordance with the related statutory course of.”
The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Eire referred to as on RTÉ to take away what he described because the “deeply offensive and blasphemous clip”.
In a tweet to RTÉ Director Normal Dee Forbes, Archbishop Eamon Martin stated he was “shocked” that the programme’s producer or editor “didn’t realise how deeply offensive was a mocking ‘information report’ accusing God of rape & reporting his imprisonment”.
He added: “To broadcast such a deeply offensive and blasphemous clip about God & our Blessed Mom Mary through the Christmas season on ‘NYE Countdown Present’ on @RTE, @RTEOne & on Eve of the Solemn Feast of Mary, Mom of God is insulting to all Catholics and Christians”.
CLIP WON’T BE REMOVED
It’s understood the clip won’t be faraway from the RTÉ Participant as requested, however a warning might be hooked up to the footage to warn viewers that the fabric could trigger offence.
Commenting on this determination, Aontú spokesperson, Becky Kealy stated: “Apologising for materials whereas nonetheless making it out there on-line, seems like an empty gesture from senior administration in RTE.
She added: “The sketch was utterly offensive to hundreds of thousands of practising Christians in Eire. It’s inaccurate in line with any e-book of religion. It makes little of sexual crime at a time when it’s a actual, critical and prevalent difficulty for thus many.”
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The sketch ran as part of RTE’s NYE Countdown show, which was presented by Kathryn Thomas and comedian Deirdre O’Kane.
Guests included musicians Sharon Shannon and Jerry Fish, comedian Pat Shortt and GAA correspondent Marty Morrisey.