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People are NOT happy with Brendan O’Connor’s opinion piece


People are seriously unhappy with Brendan O’Connor’s opinion piece for the Sunday Independent.

The 46-year-old wrote a controversial column over the weekend based on what young girls were wearing in town on the day Rihanna was playing at the Aviva – which has resulted in Brendan getting SLATED on Twitter.

Twitter users labelled Brendan as “vile”, a “misogynist” and accused him of sexualising young women as his column was titled, “Me and the junior prostitutes’ convention.”

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Here’s a snippet of what Brendan wrote:

“At this point I remembered that Rihanna, a former singer who now acts largely like a porn star, was playing at the Aviva. Exactly in the direction I was headed. I was walking into arse cheek ground zero. And instead of enjoying the festive air, I found myself tut-tutting. What kind of a role model was this Rihanna tramp? And here was proof positive that the continuing sexualisation of popular culture was having a direct affect on our young women. They were all emulating Rihanna. They wanted to be her, in all her half-dressed glory. Now I know that some feminists would accuse me of slut-shaming right now. And would argue that these young women are empowered, that they are owning their erotic capital. To which I would respond by questioning the erotic capital of a 12-year-old with badly applied streaks of fake tan, walking around town dressed like a sex worker. And I would argue that by the looks of them, many of these young ones would have been better off going for a run or playing a game of football or something. (Go on so, add fat-shaming to my list of crimes).

“As I got closer to the epicentre of it, I realised that there was a competitiveness to the slutty dressing. It was a peer pressure thing. They were all trying to outdo each other by being more Ri-Ri than the next one. And I saw all the boys too, delighted boys, who possibly wouldn’t be able to believe, if indeed they thought about it, that this was the gift feminism had bequeathed them. These young ones had the freedom to parade their booties down the road. It was female empowerment.”

Naturally, Brendan’s column has annoyed A LOT of people, and here’s what some had to say: