A 'stolen generation': Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits has spoken to Channel 4 News
AN interview Blindboy Boatclub of Limerick satirical duo The Rubberbandits recently gave to Channel 4 News ahead of the 1916 centenary celebrations has been making waves online.
The interview, billed by Channel 4 as “a serious message about Ireland ahead of the 1916 Easter Rising centenary celebrations”, claims that the plastic bag wearing duo have “become outspoken critics of contemporary Ireland”.
It has been viewed close to 700,000 times on Facebook alone and was posted online under the heading: “Why does it take a man with a plastic bag over his face to talk sense about mental health?”.
In the interview, Blindboy – who has been a constant campaigner and voice for the disaffected youth of his generation – says: “I only want to have a bit of craic, but I end up always finding myself in situations where I become a voice of reason – I shouldn’t be”.
“Rather than looking going, ‘why is the man with the bag making sense?’ You go, ‘why is the man in the suit not making sense?’. My generation, we are old enough to remember the Celtic Tiger. But we’re massively affected by the recession. Our 20s were stolen from us, pretty much.
“Young Irish people, the suicide amongst them is massive, huge amount of suicide, jumping into rivers, and emigration and a lot of young Irish people, they don’t see a future,” he adds.
After appearing on the Late Late Show in January, Blindboy was catapulted into the betting for the next President of Ireland.
“My generation can’t afford houses, my generation can’t afford children, my generation are either leaving the country or jumping in rivers. That’s my generation, man,” Blindboy said to applause on the Late Late.
“My generation is screwed. The lads that were in the 1916 [Rising] were the same age as my generation. They were from the ages of 18 up to their mid-30s.
“My generation is looking at them and saying ‘yeah, ye had it incredibly hard’. But my generation don’t have the idealism that they had. We just have despair and confusion.”
The Rubberbandits are currently gearing up for the second series of their Almost Impossible Game Show, which will air soon on ITV2.
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