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This will probably not mean anything unless you have ever watched TG4, the Irish language channel, but I adore Paisean Faisean (Fashion Passion) with an unholy love. When I am home and it's on I always insist on watching it. I find the interviews with the lads hilarious as their horrific ideas about what women want to wear are revealed. And the gormless men they put on! THEY ARE AMAZING AND MAKE ME FEAR FOR THE FUTURE OF IRISH MANHOOD ON A FREQUENT BASIS. I embed a video from Youtube so you can enjoy it for yourselves.

(Someone once told me they were going to cancel this. I might have cried)

ETA: In other news, I am watching Teenage Cics on TG4's streaming video. The one where the lads 'kill' the statue of the Virgin Mary is hilarious and a wee bit sad.

Date: 2010-05-03 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
Heeee! Ok, ignorant-rude question: how many Irish speakers do you turn up at, say, UCD? Like, is it anyone you flag on the street, or are these gormless boys from a small pool?

Date: 2010-05-03 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Weelll, although everyone learns Irish in school, there's a far smaller pool of people who are actually fluent. Or fluent and willing to expose their horrendous fashion sense to the world. Though there's a fair few schools outside the Gaeltacht which are entirely in Irish, so you don't have to be a native speaker to be rather good.

(And there are good Irish language programmes, but being me, this is the one I adore. Along with a few other people - I have a friend with only a few words of it who watches this religiously.)

Date: 2010-05-03 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
Or fluent and willing to expose their horrendous fashion sense to the world. Right, that's what I was wondering about! (I'm fairly fluent in my second language, but I wouldn't want to risk it on tv! Whereas these contestants all seemed pretty comfortable. If clueless.) I loved the guy who said his mother did his shopping for him.

Date: 2010-05-03 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I loved the guy who said his mother did his shopping for him.

On almost every episode I have seen of this someone has made a similar confession. Or bought something because their mum has one like it. Which is the surefire way to a woman's heart, because what 20something doesn't want a purse that is like her mother's?

BTW, they have sold the show to MTV, but it will never, ever be as good as the Irish version. NEVER.

Date: 2010-05-03 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
MTV ruins everything! The only way this could be awesome in English is if Tyra Banks somehow merges it with ANTM and the guys have to venture opinions on smiling with one's eyes and the like.

I think it was pretty much only two years ago that clothes shopping with my mother stopped being a fight. Who are these people who cave to their mother's fashion sense??

Date: 2010-05-03 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I have a mournful feeling that they'll get no lads on MTV willing to admit their mothers buy their clothes,

Date: 2010-05-03 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sajia.livejournal.com
Hey! No knocking of my love for the gorgeous salwar kameez my mother sends to me from Bangladesh! Although admittedly for a couple of years they didn't fit right, and I didn't have the heart to tell her.

Date: 2010-05-03 07:01 am (UTC)
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Date: 2010-05-03 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
IT IS A THING OF BEAUTY. AND - MOST AMAZINGLY - THEY ARE ALL LIKE THIS. I love this show. They even have one for same sex couples from time to time, but I've never seen any of those so I can't tell if they are even more amazing.

Date: 2010-05-03 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] koalathebear.livejournal.com
Oh I loved this and you answered my question above about Irish speakers. I was going to say that if they were restricted to the pool of people who were fluent perhaps that limited their selection numbers :D Even though the guys are goofy, they get points for being bilingual! :D

Date: 2010-05-03 07:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I am a fair bit impressed that after five years they haven't run out of lads who are willing to go on TV and mercilessly expose their lack of fashion sense in Irish.

Date: 2010-05-03 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
OMG! That was hysterical. I had no idea it was a dating show when I started watching, but what a hoot.

Date: 2010-05-04 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I adore this show. They are all pretty much equally entertaining and you have to admire the lads - they clearly are willing to expose their horrific tastes to the people of Ireland without a backward glance.

Date: 2010-05-04 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] namastenancy.livejournal.com
My world would be so much less interesting without my new knowledge of Irish fashion. Thank you for this _ I think?

Date: 2010-05-04 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
In fairness I think this should not be considered so much as reflecting on Irish fashion as what 3 hilariously clueless Irish guys think is fashion... :p


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