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14th Feb 2023

“This film is extremely offensive”, says one complainant of the Banshees of Inisherin

Fiona Frawley

close up of colin farrell in the banshees of inisherin

The complainant said the Oscar-nominated film portrays Irish people as “moronic” and is “extremely offensive”.

A complaint has been lodged to the Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) regarding the highly-acclaimed Banshees of Inisherin.

The viewer has critiqued the accuracy of the accents portrayed by the inhabitants of the fictional island that features in the movie, and has also claimed that its reflection of Ireland in the 1920s was “wrong”.

They also questioned whether it was made clear from the outset that the film was a work of fiction rather than “a real outlook on the peoples of the islands off the coast of Ireland”, The Independent reports.

Complainant found The Banshees of Inisherin to be “extremely offensive”.

“I found this film extremely offensive to the suffering of Irish victims of the Irish Civil War, and it portrayed Irish people on the island of Inisherin as moronic and uncaring about the Civil War at this time,” the complainant wrote.

Acting director of the IFCO George Sinclair has released a response to the complaint, noting that the grievances raised were not classification issues. He also pointed out that the end credits of the film contained a statement confirming its characters and events were fictitious.

Director of the IFCO George Sinclair pointed out that the “offensive” events in Banshees of Inisherin were fictitious.

Just wait til Jenny the Donkey gets wind of this.

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