Searc Attacks

Some contra O Searcaigh arguments.

  1. Bad enough that Cathal O Searcaigh had sex with Nepalese teenagers only he went and got Gay Byrne to pay for it.
  2. Bad enough that Cathal O Searcaigh had sex with Nepalese teenagers only he went and got me to subsidise it what with me the taxpayer contributing to his council house.
  3. Cathal O Searcaigh’s exploitation of Nepalese teenagers for sex illustrates what is wrong with Aosdana and Irish artists in general.
  4. Cathal O Searcaigh’s exploitation of Nepalese teenagers for sex illustrates what is wrong with the Irish language.
  5. Cathal O Searcaigh’s exploitation of Nepalese teenagers for sex illustrates what is wrong with tax policy.
  6. No Irish language, no Aosdana. No Aosdana, No Cathal O Searcaigh exploiting tax payers and Gay Byrne in order to exploit Nepalese teenagers for sex.
  7. All very well for the likes of you to nitpick about documentary techniques and the like, but why should anyone seek to defend O Searcaigh after seeing all those images of those Nepalese boys and the vision of the realisation of Paradise Lost that flickered in their sad eyes?
  8. As those in the media rightly point out, the Irish artistic community are a bit like the way the Catholic Church used to be, and they need to learn to defend a little less and lynch a little more.
  9. The idea of a wealthy 52 year old pudgy Western man having sex with Nepalese teenagers is repugnant. On the other hand, a wealthy 25 year old ripped Western man….I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
  10. Of course, it’s the exploitation of those teenage boys I’m mostly concerned about.

There are others, I’m sure.

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8 Responses to “Searc Attacks”


  1. 1 Mark Waters March 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Of course there’s more:

    Parents of Irish teenagers also subsidized it as they had to buy schoolbooks containing his work thereby contributing to his royalties.

    Teachers are also victimized due to the embarrassment they might be subjected to by students when discussing the poet’s work in the class.

    I hear that his books can also be found in some public libraries.

    Is there no end to it? The ramifications of all this are deep and far reaching.

  2. 2 Hugh Green March 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Let’s not forget the gay Irish teenagers who will also be victimized due to other students’ cruel laughter at the teachers’ embarrassment at discussing the poet’s work. In a way, O Searcaigh has exploited them, too.

  3. 3 Hugh Green March 19, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    And it’s all very well for you to be facetious about the matter. You should hang your head in shame at turning a blind eye to the exploitation, of which even you yourself are a victim.

  4. 4 JG March 19, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Hugh,

    The issue is power, and abuse of power. I can only speak for myself but I genuinely am concerned about the exploitation of these boys, believe it or not.

    I wonder how many Irish teenagers Cathal gets into the sack. I’ve seen exploition by Westerners in numerous developing countries. If it looks and smells like abuse it probably is.

    On the other hand, a wealthy 25 year old ripped Western man….I’ll have to get back to you on that one

    I don’t have to get back to you on this at all.

    The boys were exposed in a film about exploitation. They did not sign consent forms. But even if their parents had signed them, it still would have been non-informed consent. The boys did not know they would be featured in a film about exploitation, their exploitation.

    Of course the boys were further exploited by those behind the documentary. As Quentin Fottrell put it in Saturday’s IT:

    “The boys were exposed in a film about exploitation. They did not sign consent forms. But even if their parents had signed them, it still would have been non-informed consent. The boys did not know they would be featured in a film about exploitation, their exploitation.

    There was no attempt by Vinegar Hill Productions or RTÉ, though it was discussed, to hide their identities. Ó Searcaigh gave his consent. The boys, of all people, did not.”

  5. 5 JG March 19, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Woops. I pasted in the quote a little early but you get the message.

  6. 6 Hugh Green March 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    JG,

    I don’t doubt that your concern is genuine, but I don’t agree with you that the issue is power, at least if we’re talking about how the issue has been represented in media. Most of the public debate that has ensued, which is what I’m talking about here, has little to do with power at all.

    There are many serious forms of exploitation -sexual and otherwise- by Westerners in poorer countries, as well as exploitation by Westerners in Western countries. But if you look at what has been generated in response to the O Searcaigh affair, a great proportion of the content has little to do with specific questions of exploitation, and a lot to do with the character of O Searcaigh, his position in Irish culture and society, and how his actions reflect on the latter.

    Now, by saying that, I’m not denying that O Searcaigh should take anything less than full responsibility for his actions and the consequences. However, the manner in which his actions have been publicised has led to little but sanctimonious waffle.

    What personally pisses me off is this: it’s 5 years since the invasion of Iraq, Are you going to see the Irish Independent running a five-page spread on the teenagers whose lives have been ruined through Irish collaboration in the occupation of Iraq? 262,000 US soldiers passed through Shannon airport last year – that’s as clear cut an Irish example of rich Western exploitation of the misery of others as you are going to find.

    In short, the Irish people are full of shit.

  7. 7 JG March 19, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    I agree the Liveline mob are full of shit and fully agree with your point about Iraq. But behaviour like that of O’Searcaigh’s (by a well know person) is always going to make the news and rightly so. As I’ve said I’ve seen his kind around and they make me sick. If that sounds sanctimonious then I’ll live with it.

    Caveat: I’m not for a minute suggesting he is a paedophile and I couldn’t give a fiddlers what he does in the privicy of his room with autonomous, consenting adults.

    By the way, Reuters have an excellent review of the last five years in Iraq: http://iraq.reuters.com/

  8. 8 Hugh Green March 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Fair enough: reasonable people can disagree. Perhaps his behaviour is in fact completely reprehensible, but on the basis of the documentary, I’m still not in a position to draw such a conclusion, because of how I saw things concocted by the film-maker. If other people feel they can draw different conclusions on account of things that they already know and what they have seen, then fine, but I’m still inclined to reserve final judgement until I find out more.


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