Papa Oom Bow Wow

If I might make a general observation, there are far too many men in positions of power in this country, in the political system, in the workplace, in media. Nearly everyone supposed by media outlets to have an interesting opinion on the matter of the recession is male. 100% of economists consulted in the media are male. Last week on the Late Late Show there was the ludicrous spectacle of John Waters (who in fairness came across as the most reasonable – not that this is much praise), Eamonn Dunphy and Eoghan Harris being consulted as though they were three wise men. And now this:

Cowen fills our need for strong father figure – The Irish Times – Fri, Feb 13, 2009

Now, the party’s over, we need a different kind of father. Coming to grips with this has been Brian Cowen’s problem these past eight months. At first he tried to continue in the Bertie mould, but every instinct – his and ours – told everyone this was wrong. Now, yes, he has found his mojo: his daddy mojo. We have waited and waited, and now our father has come home.

Barking. Absolutely barking.

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9 Responses to “Papa Oom Bow Wow”


  1. 1 Donagh February 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    His reference to a phrase used by Robert Bly led me to imagine that Waters might think it a good idea for all the men who are in authority in Ireland – and as you say it seems that here Gillian Bowler is the exception – should meet up in a forest somewhere, dance around a fire and pour chicken blood over their shirtless chests. Just to show who’s wearing the trousers.

  2. 2 JG February 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Now, yes, he has found his mojo: his daddy mojo.

    Deary me.

    When I read this at coffee break this morning I had a feeling you might see fit to mention it!

  3. 4 coc February 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Why would the IT publish this? Is it an elaborate joke? If Cowen is Waters’ Da, does that make Harney his Ma? Perhaps we should review his musings in the context of an Oedipal complex?

  4. 5 Hugh Green February 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I’m not sure if Waters’s writing lends itself to psychoanalytic criticism: psychoanalysis is based on the premise that the analysand is from Planet Earth. The Oedipus complex angle is interesting though: I recall him once writing about how liberal leftists, or maybe rock and rollers, or maybe the baby boomers, were assailing traditional authority on account of an oedipal struggle.

    But I suspect the key to Waters’s work is the fact that it re-dramatises events in his own life. So for ‘us’ finding our real daddy, he’s indirectly referring to his own renewed relationship with the one and only G-O-D, as Ice Cube calls him. And maybe the outcome of his custody battle with the one and only S-O-C at the same time.

  5. 6 coc February 13, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Wasn’t there a time when S-O-C and G-O-D appeared to some people, from some angles at least, (most notably when she stood directly in front of a mirror) to significantly overlap?

    That’d f*ck up your mojo permanently.

    I can’t remember when I noticed Jean had lost the plot, but he did not always seem so unhinged to me. I can no longer read anything of his without checking MSF to see it deconstructed. The IT should really consider publishing a collected volume of his ‘works’ with your commentaries included. I will write to Madam.

  6. 7 Seán Báite February 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Good gode.. Brian C wi’ his mojo workin’ – I’m retching even 15 minutes before the thought of it hit my brain.
    Poor Brian though – he is only really the foster father – as the real father passed on the bedsored, shit-smeared, bloated, ugly-as-f@@k tiger baby around 8 months ago and then sauntered off to break his leg in peace- and watch wee Brian make the smoking ruins even worse than they already were in the first place.
    I think he knew just what he was at. Gillian Bowler does his horoscopes, ye see.
    Good job I’m only reading your editted highlights of JW – as the whole turd sounds like increasingly heavy going.

  7. 8 click here February 15, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Good jeebus, but (worryingly) Waters always seems to out-do himself.

    (And he needs to deal with his issues, rather than projecting them (repeatedly) onto his column inches – father figure? Subtle, John, real subtle..!)

  8. 9 EWI February 15, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Last week on the Late Late Show there was the ludicrous spectacle of John Waters (who in fairness came across as the most reasonable – not that this is much praise), Eamonn Dunphy and Eoghan Harris being consulted as though they were three wise men.

    One can only presume that Brigitte Nielsen was unavailable (we the PAYE workers and TV licence holders pay that tulip e850,000? Why, oh why?).


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