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09th May 2017

Dara Ó Briain was called a ‘white British man’ by a newspaper… and he wasn’t happy

Note to self: always double check the nationalities of celebrities before publishing a story about them.

And one paper that’s learning that lesson today is The Guardian, who is now feeling the wrath of the Irish man they claimed to be from British shores – Dara Ó Briain.

“Bravo Guardian telly review,” Dara posted on Twitter. “Accuses us of cultural insensitivity, while in the same sentence subsuming Ireland back into Britain.”

The Irish comedian shared an excerpt from a review of his latest show, Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay with Ed Byrne.

The paragraph reads:

“Neither does the increasingly dull formula of sending white British men to far-flung places in search of “strange and quirky” aspects of other cultures.

“The latest are Irish comedians Dara Ó Briain and Ed Byrne who travel across Malaysia in a three-part series exploring south-east Asia.”

While Dara took issue with the paper suggesting he was British, he also found another aspect of the piece “Irritating”.

“Calling me and Ed ‘white British men’ is also irritating since the show was clearly a celebration of Malaysia’s hugely diverse culture.”