I came across this quite by accident today. I don't often watch Saturday Night Live, but I watch the odd one here and there. I definitely missed the Saoirse Ronan "Oirish" episode. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/...night-live-is-unfunny-paddywhackery-1.3314837 She's young, so her actions on there are totally forgiveable. She didn't write that stuff, some American who clearly knows very little about us wrote it. That much is clear. Being only 23, Saoirse was so excited to be hosting SNL, that she overlooked the pure paddywhackery involved in that Aer Lingus sketch. None of it was funny. It was actually vomit inducing. Being so young, I really don't think she imagined how this would go down back home. It went down bad. I have been looking up the reactions from Ireland. No one is blaming her though, they're blaming the material she was given. Shows like Father Ted and Mrs Brown make fun of the Irish and play on Irish sterotypes, but they do it from an Irish perspective, that's why we find them so funny. Foreigners find these shows funny too of course, but if they looked closely they'd see certain things are not played with because they are just not acceptable. Mrs Brown is a working class Irish Mammy, obviously she's over exaggerated and quite crude at times, but it's great. There's no paddywhackery involved because they're written by people from Ireland. What's paddywhackery? It's basically slapping Irish people with negative stereotypes, often untrue and tactless. The biggest one is making fun of the potato famine that killed or displaced over half of our population. That's a sore spot in our history. You don't mock something that wiped out millions of people. We're a nation of very laid back people and we do have a sense of humour. There are some things that you don't do, and this one always angers me as well. I have told people directly on A4 and SC who used that sterotype on me. The thing is, they didn't understand why it was wrong until I explained it. SNL is so left wing in other ways, I just don't understand why bashing other cultures like that is considered okay. I don't know if they've done something similar to another country, but I just felt like addressing this. If we as a planet are to truly be accepting of each others cultures, we really have to think about what certain symbols mean to them. Do your research on origins of stereotypes and avoid insulting entire nations if you're ever writing an article, sketch or whatever the case is.