The Week on Twitter | Healy-Rae, Chambers, & Berry

This week, we all watched the Olympics, we watched Jack Chambers say some stuff, we watched Danny Healy-Rae say some more stuff, and we didn’t watch the Great British Bake Off, because it’s not back on telly yet, but it will be, soon.

Twitter watches the #Olympics2016

The Olympics has been going on for a few weeks now. It’s been pretty good, or so I’ve heard from all those tweets everybody’s been tweeting about it.

Since the Olympics began, many sport related things have happened. Some of those things included Usain Bolt being amazing, a proposal that annoyed everybody, a man breaking his leg very badly, gymnasts being superhuman, Katie Taylor not winning, Alan Maguire setting up camp atop the high dive, Usain Bolt being very fast indeed, people swimming, lots of think-pieces concerning the sexist reporting of female athletes, Usain Bolt being deadly, and lots and lots of doping.

Some other things happened too, like Paul and Gary O’Donovan winning medals for Ireland in the rowing (hooray!), but those things were not tweeted about in abundance so they do not feature here.

#DannyHealyRae spouts complete nonsense… Again

Since being voted into the 32nd Dáil alongside his brother Michael, Danny Healy-Rae has done lots of things. He had a bit of a sing along in the street and held up traffic for ages. He said that climate change didn’t exist and that God controlled the weather. He has consistently affiliated himself with anti-choice and homophobic agendas much to the dismay and disgust of many people from Kerry, and those of us who have to listen to him spout such nonsense every couple of months.

This week, Danny continued to be offensive, ill-informed, and just downright wrong. In an interview with Hot Press due to be published some time this week, Healy-Rae stated that the Bible story of Noah and the ark proved his ‘theories’ about climate change. “I’m basing my views on facts,” he says knowingly, rambling on about the Ice Age and the Famine, and all those cold, hard, peer reviewed facts published in the Bible way back when.

According to the Irish Examiner, Healy-Rae then went on to talk about his No vote in the marriage referendum, again claiming that one man and one woman were the only possible parents for a baby and the only way a child could ever grow up successfully, irrespective of all of the living, breathing, loved kids existing in the world today that have two mammies, two daddies, or even one of each.

Healy-Rae’s comments angered a lot of people, and for good reason. Here are their tweets.

The Great British Bake Off is back and no one can wait #GBBO

This week, the contestants of the latest series of the Great British Bake Off were revealed, and everybody got very excited because the Great British Bake Off is fantastic television, and should by watched by all who enjoy cakes, bread, pastries, and watching human beings crumble mentally and physically when their baked Alaska collapses in the freezer.

This year’s batch of contestants includes an engineer, a pastor, and a PE teacher – all of whom will be baking lots of really nice and impressive things that none of us could ever make at home because we are simply not as strong and as worthy as GBBO contestants.

The Great British Bake Off will begin its 7th series on BBC One on August 24th, and lots of people on Twitter are looking forward to this day very much.

#JackChambers actually makes a lot of sense for once, to the surprise of most

Remember Jack Chambers? Of course you do! He’s your local pro-life TD who is vehemently against the idea of the people of Ireland having a referendum of the 8th amendment. He is also very young and lives at home and people made fun of this for a bit a while ago.

However, this week, in a shocking turn of events, Jack Chambers actually said something that a lot of people agreed with. Following RTÉ’s recent broadcasting of the beloved Big Big Movie featuring a sponsor from McDonald’s, the Fianna Fáil TD issued a statement claiming that it was “remarkable” that RTÉ had chosen to give a fastfood chain the prime time slot.

According to Chambers, the broadcaster “are potentially infringing the Codes of Standards for Advertising, Promotional and Direct Marketing in Ireland, by allowing the advertising of junk food during the Big Big Movie.”

Unlike when his questionable comments regarding Ireland’s lack of abortion rights were broadcast to the nation a few months ago, a lot of people were quick to support Chamber’s opinions this time around… (Most of them just wished it hadn’t been him that had said it.) Others simply used his views as an opportunity to slag him about McDonald’s, which is fine too, I guess.

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