The Belfast rape trial and subsequent defamation lawsuit involving Paddy Jackson have caused people to recall the time he painted himself black and dressed as a slave.
The extremely racially insensitive incident in 2012, that also involved Andrew Trimble, Chris Henry and Michael Allen, caused Ulster Rugby to have to “unreservedly” apologise.
Later that year Jackson obtusely posted the offensive image as his Twitter cover photo.
Ulster Rugby players wear black make-up in 'Ethiopian' photo: Paddy Jackson dressed as 'slave'
Nice lad altogether…..
— Mark Malone (@soundmigration) March 30, 2018
People have referenced that his defamation lawsuit against Labour Senator Aodhán Ó’Riordáin has triggered the Streisand effect.
This effect refers to when someone tries to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information or opinion, but instead it becomes more widely publicised, generally on the internet.
Ulster Rugby players wear black make-up in ‘Ethiopian’ photo: Paddy Jackson dressed as ‘slave’ https://t.co/DxuvmGdjtz
— Kitty Holland (@KittyHollandIT) March 30, 2018
The rugby player, who remains suspended, was acquitted of the rape charge brought against him when the jury did not find him unanimously guilty.
If you have been upset by the issues brought up in this article please call the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 777 8888.
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