The RTÉ New Year’s Eve show featured a fictional news story about God in a case of sexual assault.
After an uproar over a skit that depicted God as a rapist, Irish state broadcaster RTÉ apologized: a countdown show on New Year’s Eve re-enacted a news story about God as the latest public figure to be embroiled in a sexual assault scandal. “The five-year-old was accused of forcing himself on a young Middle Eastern migrant woman and allegedly impregnating her against her will before being sentenced to two years in prison, with the final 24 months suspended,” the news anchor said. Waterford Whispers News’ 23-second posting, a satirical news website, led to more than 1,000 RTÉ complaints and condemnation from Ireland’s Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin: “The 23-second posting by Waterford Whispers News, a satirical news website, led to more than 1,000 complaints to RTÉ and condemnation from Ireland’s Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin: ” he tweeted. ” he tweeted. ” To all Catholics and Christians, that is an insult. “1. 1.”
I am surprised that the ‘NYE Countdown Show’ producer/editor @RTE @RTEOne did not know how highly offensive a mocking ‘news story’ accusing God of rape & reporting on his incarceration was. All people of good will should immediately delete this outrageous clip and condemn it.-Eamon Martin (@ArchbishopEamon) January 1, 2021
RTÉ apologised in a statement and said it would respond in compliance with legal rules to complaints.
No pledge has been made to delete the RTE Player skit. RTÉ recognizes that items that can cause offense naturally differ from person to person, particularly in comedy and satire. RTÉ would like to apologize to those who were offended by the segment after evaluating the reviews and concerns we have received to this point. The “Atheist Ireland” group defended the right of the channel to broadcast content considered offensive, citing a referendum in 2018 that re-offended the segment.