Last night's episode of Prime Time has generated a huge amount of debate over the past few days after it was announced that Graham Linehan would take part in a discussion on transgender issues in Ireland.
Over 6,000 people signed a petition on change.org asking RTÉ to remove the Father Ted creator from the show.
Graham Linehan has been a controversial contributor to the debate, engaging in long Twitter arguments with some commentators who accuse him of being transphobic, which he denies.
A protest was held outside RTÉ's studios ahead of the broadcast.
#TurnOffPrimeTime was the top trending hashtag on Twitter last night as many people chose not to tune in.
Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan brought the hashtag to attention on her Instagram posting the below video to her 26.5m followers.
Also trending last night were the show's official hashtag #rtept, #SolidariT and #TransRightsAreHumanRights.
Ok so the show is over
Looks like the cute lil Snowflakes made a lot of noise because #TurnOffPrimeTime dominated over the show’s own Hashtag, with #solidariT and #TransRightsAreHumanRights following within the top five trending topics in Ireland pic.twitter.com/w9W8Q4DEfs
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) January 22, 2019
Here is just some of the reaction from Twitter.
As my friend explained (better than I could) the Gender Recognition Act was passed in Ireland in 2015, the ‘debate’ they’re proposing has the potential to cause so much hurt and damage in the Trans Community & I believe it’s being held purely for controversy #TurnOffPrimeTime https://t.co/YQt8fx2S8Y— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) January 22, 2019
No matter what is said tonight, trans people exist. Trans kids exist and they are not taking 'untested drugs'. We need better trans healthcare based and better sex education so students learn about these issues instead of hearing bigotry on tv #SolidariT #TurnOffPrimeTime— Trans Pride Dublin (@DubTrans) January 22, 2019
I'm spending tonight illustrating a story my trans daughter wrote. She wants to get it published to help other trans children, so we've been working hard on it together.January 22, 2019
The parents of trans teens I know are saying their kids are very anxious about tonight's @RTE_PrimeTime. Some are saying they feel scared to go to school tomorrow in case teachers or classmates watched. Even if nothing else, causing this level of anxiety in kids is terrible 😔— Taryn De Vere (@TarynDeVere) January 22, 2019
Yesterday, I posted a video clip from @KJ_Harrison socialist, trade unionist, trans woman setting out her views on current trans ideology. I asked Kristina for her response on the furore around the Prime Time show this evening. Below is her thoughtful response. 1/4— Cinnamon Woman (@for29years) January 22, 2019
— Cinnamon Girl (@for29years) January 22, 2019
Predatory men who want to disguise themselves in order to assault people will do so, without going through a legal gender recognition process. This is nonsense. And hateful fear mongering. #SolidariT #rtept— Colm O'Gorman (@Colmogorman) January 22, 2019
A cursory, depressing, glance at the court reports will show you precisely how few predatory men feel the need to identify as women before attacking women. #rtept #SolidariT #TransRightsAreHumanRights— Dónal O'Keeffe (@Donal_OKeeffe) January 22, 2019
Tonight's #rtept was very good and informative, it highlighted the lack of services and overall thought it was positive. For all the outrage against GL he must have been on it for about 40 seconds.— Paul Mc (@mcanea) January 22, 2019
I watched #rtept tonight I did not #turnoffprimetime That said, I’m not sure the program helped. I say that as someone who, in all honesty, has been on a clumsy learning curve on all this. I’ve learnt a lot by listening to people’s stories.— paul colton (@ThePaulColton) January 23, 2019
If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, here are some helpful contact details:
Gender Identity Family Support Line 01 907 3707
LGBT Ireland 1890 929 539
Pieta House 1800 247 247
Samaritans Ireland 116 123