I notice that the broadsheet.ie, an Irish current affairs and culture blog with Buzzfeedian ambitions, has got itself into a bit of bother following a recent article on anti-immigrant sentiment in Ireland; sentiment being whipped up by a handful of cranks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Unfortunately it had to remove the offending post from the website because of legal threats by a named individual. All this came after a prolonged period of one or two anonymous writers on the group-blog playing footsie with some pretty obnoxious parties and characters on the political hard-right, providing a platform for Irexiteers, anti-vaxxers, Hibernian Trumpists and the like. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been bombarded with messages from a couple of online reactionary types demanding an opportunity to air their beliefs on An Sionnach Fionn. While I’m all for free speech, it doesn’t mean that I have to provide it to a positively dangerous ideology. So, unlike some other publications, ASF is quite prepared to say to its far-right critics: go fuck yourselves!
Happy Friday! 🙂