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30th Mar 2024

New Yorker ‘humour’ piece on Cillian Murphy slammed by Irish readers as ‘awful’ and ‘unfunny’

Stephen Porzio


One person described the article as ‘weird’ and ‘indefensibly bad’.

A humour piece published by popular US magazine The New Yorker this week about Cillian Murphy has drawn the ire of Irish readers over its use of Irish stereotypes.

Written by Wendi Aarons and Johanna Gohmann, the article is titled ‘Cillian Murphy’s bedtime routine’ and is meant to be a comedic imagining of what the recent Irish Oscar winner does a typical day from 5pm to 11pm.

The article, however, has been slammed online for its over-reliance on Irish cliches, or rather its over-reliance on American ideas of what Ireland is like.

“Call ’round to the pub and dine on a hearty meal of potatoes, bangers, and the knowledge that you are Christopher Nolan’s favorite,” the piece kicks off with.

Later in it, Murphy is said to play “the panpipes”, use a “Guinness glitter bath bomb”, wear a “dressing gown made by Colin Farrell’s nana”, polish his cheeks with “Kerrygold butter”, summon “wee faeries” and “make gentle but furious love to the ghost of Molly Malone”.

“Throw open the shutters and shout, ‘I am the Father of the atomic bomb!’ But in Gaelic,” another part of the article reads, while there is also a reference to Barry Keoghan and the final scene of Saltburn.

Between the Irish stereotypes and inaccuracies, as can be expected, Irish readers aren’t happy.

You can see a sample of their tweets about The New Yorker piece right here:

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