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Eilis O'Hanlon

The Irish have also suffered fair amount of stereotyping on screen... the problem is, some of it has been embraced

Eilis O'Hanlon


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'The truth is that, as long as people on this island keep making excuses for Mrs Brown's Boys, we can hardly complain when people in other countries sometimes get the wrong end of the stick about what we are like'

'The truth is that, as long as people on this island keep making excuses for Mrs Brown's Boys, we can hardly complain when people in other countries sometimes get the wrong end of the stick about what we are like'

Charlie Lawson plays Jim McDonald in Coronation Street

Charlie Lawson plays Jim McDonald in Coronation Street

'The truth is that, as long as people on this island keep making excuses for Mrs Brown's Boys, we can hardly complain when people in other countries sometimes get the wrong end of the stick about what we are like'

As the row over Gone With The Wind's depiction of slavery rumbles on, it is worth remembering that it is also full of the sort of one dimensional "Oirish" stereotypes that have historically been used to keep Irish people down too.

Scarlett O'Hara's mawkish, sentimental father is a "fightin' Irishman... quick with his hands", who had to flee Ireland after murdering a rent collecting Orangeman.

Well, of course he is.