It’s okay to hate England but love British TV, right?

We should be grateful Twitter does not accurately reflect Irish society as a whole. If it happened, we would probably spend all of our time wading knee-deep in sewage.

Rolling through your feed on any given day can feel like swimming through a sewer and trying desperately to dodge the oncoming tide. But last Thursday, within hours of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s death, toxic levels rose to a record high.

Countless Irish users have banded together in what can only be described as an online dance over the grave of a 96-year-old grandmother.

You may object to the idea of ​​a monarchy but still find that the widely shared video of Shamrock Rovers fans chanting “Lizzie’s in a box” is a disgusting sight. The venerable club correctly condemned their appalling behaviour.

Some people seem to believe that the queen was directly responsible for every last crime of every last oppression of those 800 years, including the Great Famine, although it was not until 1926 that she was born. out.

The history is a bit more complicated than that – obviously not if you live on the planet Jedward. The stupidity reached its zenith when the boy-child twins waded in to share their thoughts, including this little gem: “King Charles should hand over the six counties of Ireland during his visit to Northern Ireland – No war! Just words! It is the time now.”

Thanks for that, guys, but if I wanted to know more about Ireland’s complicated relationship with Britain, I’d read a few history books.

Twitter often shows malice, hatred, mockery, and ignorance rather than sarcasm. However, there’s also a significant amount of that doing the rounds, regarding how the BBC reacted to the queen’s death.

Some users on the so-called “Irish Twitter” have complained about the BBC canceling all programming on its four television stations from 12:30pm. BBC1 and 2 deliver identical live coverage, anchored by Huw Edwards and later Clive Myrie.

BBC3 and 4, which don’t start broadcasting until evening, both display messages urging viewers to switch to one of the other two channels to watch the ongoing “special news”.

The only irony – and hypocrisy – of being Irish is that some of us gleefully mock the death of the queen, her country’s puppet for 70 years, but without complaint. We have no complaints about using the television that the country itself has provided us with. Free for decades.

It’s the same sentiment without contradiction when it comes to expressing hatred for England at the World Cup or Euro, while supporting Premier League clubs and helping to fill their coffers by going watch matches, buy expensive jerseys and get a subscription to Sky Sports.

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Years before Raidió Teilifís Éireann began transmitting the disease, about half of the households in the country were likely to receive BBC and ITV through their television channels.

Ask anyone who grew up in the 1960s or 70s watching British TV if their hatred of the Queen extends to giving up British channels just for the sake of RTÉ, where the highlights are. turn on The Late Late Show, School around the corner, Jackpot, The Riordans and Wanderly Wagon.

You know what the answer will be. We would have been lost without British television. We will still be. If last Thursday proved anything, it proved it.

The cancellation of the normal show is not some of the BBC’s outrageous reactions. It doesn’t take much research (a quick look on the internet is enough) to discover that pausing a regular 24-hour TV schedule, at least, after the death of the reigning king is a trivial matter. part of a wide-ranging operation known as the “London Bridge” formed in the 1960s and has been rehearsed, with some modifications, regularly every year since.

Seeing it in action for the first time since the death of King George VI, in 1952, created a certain gritty fascination; a small part of a larger history being written.

But, hey, who cares about that stuff when we have Jedward on Twitter – teaching us about the evils of British imperialism? It’s okay to hate England but love British TV, right?

Fry Electronics Team

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