This week, Sabina Higgins had an opinion (*gasp*), Azealia Banks was awful, and the Eurovision semi finals graced our televisions, which meant it was pretty much the greatest week in the world ever. Twitter also talked domestic violence and abuse, using the #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou tag.
#SabinaHiggins‘ comments on Ireland’s abortion laws criticised by anti-choice groups
This week, Sabina Higgins had an opinion on something very important and lots of people weren’t happy. Higgins recently attended a debate in Trinity College organised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. It was at this debate that Higgins voiced her opinion on Ireland’s draconian abortion laws and the eighth amendment, stating that it was an “outrage” that Irish women are forced to carry babies with fatal foetal abnormalities to term.
Lots of people were very supportive of Higgins’ comments, commending the President’s wife for bringing yet more attention to the hypocrisy and cruelty associated with the eighth amendment.
The inevitable lies have begun about Sabina Higgins and what she said. I am right behind her and thank her for her courage. #repealthe8th
— Tara Flynn (@TaraFlynn) May 9, 2016
However, some other people found Higgins’ declaration unnecessary, shameful, and even (somehow) offensive. According to the likes of Ronan Mullen, the Life Institute, and other lovely anti-choice people, Higgins should not only have said what she said because her opinion does not align with their oppressive views, but because she is married to Michael D Higgins.
Speaking this week (mainly on Twitter, as usual), Senator Mullen claimed that Higgins should not have an opinion on “political matters” like abortion because Irish citizens voted for her husband in 2011 under the pretense that the presidential household would not interfere in politics.
Fortunately, titles like First Lady do not mean very much in Ireland, and seeing as Sabina Higgins is a private citizen more than capable of making her own decisions about things like an actual person, she can say whatever she likes. And she did. And it was great.
So a tiny tiny minority of fringe extremists disagree with Sabina Higgins and they get on the six o'clock news. Because balance. @rtenews
— Wendy Lyon (@wendylyon) May 9, 2016
Sabina Higgins having a thought independently of her husband is what's really troubling the empty-headed social dinosaurs.
— Eh (@AodhBC) May 9, 2016
New day. Hope #SabinaHiggins hasn’t ruined it yet by having an opinion on something. Bloody woman and her thoughts!
— Dr Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) May 10, 2016
#AzealiaBanks racially attacks #ZaynMalik, gets suspended from Twitter
A few years ago, Azealia Banks had a good song called 212 and everyone knew who she was. Some time after that, Azealia Banks made homophobic comments about an air steward after attacking a passenger on a plane. Then Azealia Banks claimed that the victims of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations were asking for it. Then Azealia Banks was arrested for attacking a security guard. Then Azealia Banks got in a fight with Sarah Palin. Azealia Banks has done a lot of questionable things.
This week, Azealia Banks accused Zayn Malik of stealing ideas from her and attacked him racially via Twitter. She also claimed that the UK hip hop scene was awful and that Disney star Skai Jackson needed to “grow some hips.”
Jackson had merely tweeted that Banks needed to “simmer down a little,” but following the unnecessary response, the 14 year old dragged Banks within an inch of her life, stating that she had a career before Disney, that she will have a career after Disney, and that Banks was bitter and needed to fix her life. It was great. Everyone was happy.
Just read the whole Azealia Banks Twitter abuse to @zaynmalik – she should be utterly ashamed of herself.
— Mike Dignam (@mikedignammusic) May 11, 2016
Banks has since been suspended from Twitter and her headline appearance at Rinse | Born & Bred festival has been cancelled.
— i-D (@i_D) May 11, 2016
#Eurovision is on. Everybody is happy.
This week marks the 61st Eurovision song contest. Eurovision is good because it has singing and dancing and an infinite amount of fire tweets. Although our tellys have yet to be graced with the Eurovision final, the semis still provided us all with an acceptable amount of entertainment in the form of bad songs, good songs, and some fella from San Marino in a fedora.
Unfortunately, something entirely unprecedented happened on Thursday night’s semi final, and Nicky Byrne didn’t get through to tonight’s final. It was a true tragedy, but thankfully, as a nation we collectively moved past all of the pain and the hurt and still managed to send some good internet tweets. This is them.
Go collect your uncle, he's got at the sherry and wandered on stage. He's after ruining San Marino's entry #Eurovision
— Fiona Hyde (@andgoseek) May 10, 2016
Fairly sure Nicky Byrne got that jacket in River Island's women's section 3 months ago #Eurovision
— lady reb (@rbcakn) May 12, 2016
Yer cousin just said "finally some real music in the Eurovision final" when Georgia got through #Eurovision
— Not The RTÉ Guide (@YourRTEGuide) May 12, 2016
— Patrick (@PrayForPatrick) May 12, 2016
Expect Georgia to spam you relentlessly with Facebook invites to their gig in Sligo once this is over. #Eurovision
— entertainment.ie (@entertainmentIE) May 12, 2016
Going to be raging if none of my Eurovision tweets are on a list tomorrow. Eurovision is Black Friday for numbers hounds like me
— Alan (@alan_maguire) May 10, 2016
Tune in to the Eurovision final tonight to see the UK come last, probably.
#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou hashtag emphasises the range of ways domestic abuse exists
This week, Twitter talked domestic abuse using the hashtag ‘Maybe he Doesn’t Hit You.’ The tag listed the plethora of ways that abuse can occur in relationships including methods of control, guilt, and isolation. The tag trended for most of Tuesday and proved that not all forms of abuse are physical.
#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but he controls what u wear, who u talk to, distances u from friends, and tries to make himself the only thing u have.
— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) May 12, 2016
#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but you avoid saying or doing things because you don’t want to have to deal with how he might react.
— NC Vixen (@jennifer_hodg) May 9, 2016
#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but he belittles your mental illness and makes you feel terrible about things you cannot control
— gianna (@glow_for_it) May 8, 2016
A very sad and necessary hashtag. And yes, this can happen with all genders. #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 9, 2016
#maybehedoesnthityou and maybe, eventually, he does.
— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) May 11, 2016