View Larger Image RTE needs to take down abusive show – Aontú RTE needs to take down abusive show - Aontú Under pressure from Aontú representative Becky Kealy, RTE has apologised earlier today for its offensive and abusive "NYE Countdown Show" broadcast on the night of New Year's Eve. This show involved a sketch in which God was accused of raping a migrant girl, Mary. This makes light of the very real problem of sexual abuse in society today and is an unneccessary offensive misrepresentation of Christian beliefs. Despite having offered an apology, the show, complete with its sectarian message, remains available and is being continually broadcast on RTE's internet player. I, the undersigned, demand that RTE remove the show and undertake not to broadcast it or anything of a similar nature again in future. 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FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Petition to Support the Aontu Pet Protection Bill Gallery Petition to Support the Aontu Pet Protection Bill Don’t shut the Heath Service again – Cllr Sarah O’Reilly, Aontú Gallery Don’t shut the Heath Service again – Cllr Sarah O’Reilly, Aontú 28 Comments Rory ODonnell 2021-01-02 at 9:23 pm - Reply RTE would not make a similar statement about Mohammed and Islam as they would fear being branded Islamophobic. So why do they think it fair to make this statement against Christianity? Sadie Murray 2021-01-05 at 9:50 am - Reply Didn’t watch the show but find this joke in very bad taste Anne 2021-01-02 at 9:41 pm - Reply This is a highly offensuve sketch and needs to be taken down immediately Marian Teehan 2021-01-03 at 12:32 pm - Reply I live and work in the UK among people of various religions including non – believers. I have never witnessed such vitriolic behaviour as demonstrated by RTE in it’s New Year’s Eve skit on Christianity. Being Irish, I am all too aware of the current anti – Catholic agenda and understand the reasons for it but RTE has sunk to a new low in mocking the basic elements of the Christian faith. In doing so RTE has exposed how prejudiced, intolerant, disrespectful and ignorant this National Broadcaster has become. This could never be said of the BBC or indeed Chanel 4 who in fact demonstrate respect for diverse religions and cultures. Eileen 2021-01-03 at 3:42 pm - Reply Embarrassed by our national TV station as soon much criticism from all owner the world & in my opinion RTE do not represent the views of the majority of Irish no matter what religion it none Liam McElhinney 2021-01-03 at 6:33 pm - Reply Should’ve been left on the cutting room floor where it rightly belongs. Shame on the Editor whoever they are!! Shocking!! Seamus Lynch 2021-01-03 at 7:29 pm - Reply The first apology seemed insincere & that’s worse than no apology. Leaving the sketch up knowing the offence caused proves RTE are not sorry. Its quite arrogant and nasty, to be honest. The number of complaints should be proof enough for RTE that this is not going to go away. RTE should do the honourable thing & take the sketch down immediately if they care about the people who pay their licence fee and provide their ratings. Mary G Duffy 2021-01-03 at 7:31 pm - Reply Please remove the R T eE rape clip from new years eve countdown Joseph o shea 2021-01-03 at 7:34 pm - Reply Who ever taught this up You are one hell of a High level of Ignorant & Stupid would yeh slag off Allah No! You wouldn’t have the Balls Montrose would be levelled Cathy Molloy 2021-01-03 at 7:38 pm - Reply Once again, there’s nothing fair minded or balanced by RTE. Their arrogance towards huge numbers of their licence payers has plummeted to a new low. Desmond Symington 2021-01-03 at 8:06 pm - Reply Take the blasphemous piece down now Margaret Hickey 2021-01-03 at 8:18 pm - Reply Now I ask RTE to keep the skit on their webpage but just change ‘God’ to ‘Allah’. Margaret Hickey 2021-01-03 at 8:19 pm - Reply Now I ask RTE to leave the skit up but just change ‘God’ to ‘Allah’ Paul Casey 2021-01-03 at 9:36 pm - Reply Dear Producer. I am sad at the start of a New Year, in these difficult times, to be writing this comment. I am extremely disappointed with RTE to stoop so low and to be so disrespectful to the Christian community here in Ireland and worldwide. What was aired on Thursday evening was a disgrace to me, to my family and to Christian community. It is an huge insult to us and you expect us to continue to pay the TV licence. We encourage people and communities to be respectful to each other, the importance of building bridges between people’s, communities and not to insult or discriminate or be blasphemous against a particular religious belief, especially that which is the core of Christianity and peoples faith. Please, can you explain why you, RTE thinks it’s okay to air such blasphemy. A cheap apology is totally not acceptable. We want to know why the editor gave the go ahead and thought this was okay??? Dee Forbes needs to come on and offer a total sincere apology, to Christian people of Ireland, and to show to that you mean what you say, please remove immediately the extremely offensive piece. I ask you, Ms Forbes, would you discriminate and insult any of the Eastern religions or any other groups here in Ireland the way you have insulted Christianity. SHAME on RTE. What a disgrace and embarrassment you are. You need to be held accountable and people should no longer watch or support RTE’s advertisers until this matter is dealt with fully. Sharon Manning 2021-01-04 at 2:00 pm - Reply Shame on RTÉ. Christians are an easy target. Remove this or we’ll remove your funding. Réamonn Ó Laoghóg 2021-01-03 at 9:42 pm - Reply Absolutely offensive and cannot be justified or excused in any way. This is an attack on EVERYONE who believes in God. I am ashamed that this despicable attack has been aired as representative of Irish ‘humour’. Joe Cregan 2021-01-03 at 9:44 pm - Reply Discrace Anca Uiuiu 2021-01-03 at 11:50 pm - Reply Very very sad to see this happening, nothing pure left in this world Fiona Creagh 2021-01-04 at 10:47 am - Reply A total disrespect of God, Jesus, Our Blessed Mother and everything that is central to the Christian and especially Catholic faith. A new low that needs to be retracted. Dee Forbes and RTE need to give a definite apology and explanation as to why it was done and on NYE night? The recording on RTE player continues the blasphemous act and multiplies the offence. Take it down. Maria Harford 2021-01-04 at 1:51 pm - Reply Appalled that RTE could have thought that such a sketch was appropriate and humorous! An insult to women and to people of faith! I wonder at the judgement of the producer or editor who allowed such a skit to be aired! And we are paying his salary. susan healy 2021-01-04 at 2:21 pm - Reply I am an atheist, but I am fed up of the current Christian bashing especially on an national TV station which I regularly pay my licence to, which is supposed to represent the population. If so why are they not bashing other religious groups with such zealous. Yes people say look at what the misogynistic church did to un-wed women and children in their care. The people of a nation have a duty of care to people of the nation not just the church or state. Where were the men who made these women pregnant, where were their mothers and fathers who sent them to the homes, where were the extended family members. Shame on the church and state, shame on the whole nation. RTE removed a informative ad for tampons with just 4 complaints, but haven’t removed this un-funny sketch referencing child abuse and rape which has hundreds of complaints. Misogyny is alive and well in the Waterford Whisperer and RTE. Thomas Mathew 2021-01-04 at 3:32 pm - Reply Playing with fire abusing the creator of humanity. Mary O Dwyer 2021-01-04 at 5:04 pm - Reply Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.Lord have Mercy on us. Pat 2021-01-04 at 5:33 pm - Reply Disgraceful show. Mark Ryan 2021-01-04 at 6:13 pm - Reply Absolutely disgusting. This should never have been allowed to air. Slap in the face for all people who believe in God and pay their tv licences Henry Deane Deane 2021-01-04 at 6:45 pm - Reply I feel that the job of the media is to reflect and enlighten the opinions of the people, sadly rte have a difficult agenda Eilish Cunningham 2021-01-04 at 7:34 pm - Reply Disgraceful and disrespectful, it offends me. Dave Kelly 2021-01-04 at 9:24 pm - Reply Maybe it’s time RTE was sold, it no longer represents the people,it is now a political mouthpiece aimed solely for survival. The TV. Company has lost its sence of cultural balance, it has turned its back on people who believe in God, and who try to live by God’s law, it is to say the least very disappointing. Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.