Love / Hate
Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I love being Irish. I mean, c'mon. Let's face it. We're cool. We live in the wettest, greyest, dingiest little country in the arse end of nowhere and yet, somehow, we have a reputation as the happiest people on earth. And everyone loves us for it. Maybe because Irish tourists and emigrants are happy. We're just so grateful to be anywhere but home.

So I love the Irish. But oohhh dear lord do I hate the oirish.

The oirish are a unique species that died out about two hundred years ago. Except on TV, where they haunt us to this day. You think Halloween ghouls and goblins are scary? Try watching that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where a bunch of drunken oirish colonists almost set fire to the Enterprise trying to boil a kettle. It's painful. It's horrific.

And it's not just the drunkeness and violence and general stupidity. It's the accent. That accent. You know the one. I hate that accent. That horrible mangled pathetic attempt at sounding Irish.

It's not even bad actors that do it - it's good actors! We're talking some of the greatest names in acting! Tom Cruise! Nicole Kidman! Brad Pitt! Hell, even our beloved David Boreanez made a mess of the Irish accent. Is it that difficult? What the heck!?!?

So yeah, I hate the Oirish. But somehow, despite all this, I love The Spieler.

For those of you not reading Joss' current run on the Marvel comic 'Runaways' (oh and bye the way, you should be reading the Marvel comic 'Runaways'! No excuses!) The Spieler is yet another female with superpowers created by Joss. And she's cool. I don't know why, but she is. Maybe it's the fact that she's supposed to have lived a century ago, which makes the oirish a little more excusable. Maybe it's her cool superpower - she uses music to dance on air, or occasionally kick strike breakers in the face. Maybe it's just the pure fun she seems to bring to the comic. Who knows? But I love The Spieler.

So there. I admit it. I may as well go and down a dozen pints of Guiness and kiss the blarney stone. I've fallen for the oirish.


Wednesday, October 31, 2007 9:03 AM


Yes I am with you :) My Gran is Irish and I do know what the real accent sounds like. I hate that mangled vaguely Scottish/British with a few Irish vowel sounds thing that actors do...and yet Irish actors consistently do American accents well... oh the irony.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 10:20 AM


None of your examples are good actors :p.

An' ta be sur' I don' know what you ave gainst the accent, to be sur.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 9:08 AM


No one in my family has been a native Irishman/woman in nine generations, but I still have the red hair and my American Southern drawl still has hints of an Irish background (that monotone, mumbled sound with the pronounced R's). I even spent a summer with a kid from Dublin, so I know what you mean. People from Ireland don't sound a bit like Lucky the Leprechaun on the Lucky Charms cereal box.


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