The two Johnnies, John O’Brien and John McMahon, have apologised for “offensive” feedback in a promotion for his or her new 2FM drivetime present.
n the promotional video for his or her new RTE present the pair talk about “humorous” automobile stickers on their podcast The two Johnnies.
RTÉ’s 2FM is clearly referenced within the video and in social media posts to advertise the RTÉ present because it stated: “‘Drive It’ with The two Johnnies Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm RTÉ 2FM.”
In the course of the dialog, the pair John O’Brien and John McMahon learn out innuendo laden phrases comparable to: “Workin’ the land and droppin* the hand”; “Tyres are like ladies, no good except they’re squealing” and “Hocus Pocus, I bought your lady in my Focus”.
Taking to Twitter, the pair issued an apology and stated their offensive dialog ought to by no means had been revealed.
“We want to apologise for content material which appeared on our social media, these posts had been offensive and by no means ought to have been revealed.”
“This isn’t who we’re nor what we stand for. We intention to do higher sooner or later, we’re not excellent and we’re studying on a regular basis.”
The apology be aware was signed “John O’Brien and John McMahon.”
The comedy duo had been criticised for the sexist content material with TD Holly Cairns saying that it was “weird” to see “two outstanding podcasters, and 2FM broadcasters, promote a phase on their podcast through which they learn virulently sexist slogans whereas laughing uproariously.”
Sexist feedback, through which ladies are objectified and demeaned, are extremely insidious and contribute to a poisonous tradition through which ladies really feel unsafe,” she stated.
“Dressing these remarks up as banter or jokes does nothing to uninteresting their damaging influence.”
“The two Johnnies might really feel it’s hilarious to confer with ladies as a ‘sl*t’ on their present, however ladies and women routinely expertise that phrase being roared at them on the street or directed at them on social media platforms – and it’s not notably humorous when it occurs.”
“Presenters on RTE must be calling out feedback like these – not laughing together with them and positively not selling them.”
In the meantime, High quality Gael TD Ciaran Cannon has known as for RTE to deal with “sexist and demeaning feedback.”
“Using language that’s deeply derogatory and demeaning of girls can’t be tolerated by our nationwide broadcaster,” Deputy Ciaran Cannon stated.
“Our licence price can’t be used to fund an undermining of our ambition to make Eire a extra equal and safer place for girls.”
“Unfavourable attitudes in the direction of ladies are wired into our brains early in life, and a station that targets younger folks ought to pay attention to this and act accordingly,” he continued, including: “The ‘2 Johnnies’ have an enormous following throughout the nation, with a very important affect on younger males.”
“Their feedback directed at ladies had been demeaning and missing in fundamental respect. They objectified ladies’s our bodies, with completely no regard as to their personhood.”
“We want solutions and reassurance that this sort of materials is not going to be broadcast or endorsed,” he continued.
“Once we discuss calling out poisonous masculinity, we should take into account it in each context. Males specifically should get up and name it out, even when doing so proves unpopular,” he concluded.