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LCD Soundsystem member apologises after calling Irish Prime Minister a ‘tosser’

Al Doyle of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip has issued an apology after calling Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, a “tosser” after a recent meeting backstage at LCD’s show in Dublin.

Varadkar, the leader of Fine Gael, became Taoiseach in June, the country’s youngest person to hold the office at 38. He was also Ireland’s first openly gay government minister and is the first minister of Indian heritage.

On Saturday (September 30), thousands protested in Dublin as part of the March for Choice, calling for an end to Ireland’s strict abortion laws and a repeal of the country’s eighth amendment. Varadkar has stated that a referendum on the issue would take place in 2018, although his party is divided on the issue.

The day prior (September 29), Doyle took to Twitter to claim that Varadkar “came backstage” at the band’s Dublin show and that he protested by wearing a “repeal” tote bag “around my neck in front of him”. Varadkar “walked away”, according to Doyle, who also labelled the politician a “tosser” and said that his bandmate Nancy Whang “totally [fucking] took [Varadkar] to task”.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar came backstage. Wore a "repeal" tote bag around my neck in front of him; he walked away. Tosser.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 29, 2017

Nancy totally fucken took him to task as well, it was uncomfortable and awesome.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 29, 2017

Following Doyle’s tweets, MCD venues director Caroline Downey – who was in attendance backstage – disputed Doyle’s version of events, tweeting, “This by the way did not happen” and posting a photo appearing to show Doyle and band posing backstage with Varadkar.

This by the way did not happen! https://t.co/el67TcJnkn

— Caroline Downey (@CarolineAtMCD) September 30, 2017

This however did! Very happy camp with Al Doyle on the right. pic.twitter.com/FrjzCmh19h

— Caroline Downey (@CarolineAtMCD) September 30, 2017

Doyle later tweeted an apology, stating that “we should do our due diligence on any politico types that wanna come backstage” and that “a tote bag round the neck is a crap protest”. He also said that “I don’t have much right to wade into this debate as some Johnny come lately when it’s not even my country” but “I just think that women’s bodies are their own, and it’s weird that anyone feels they can’t just say that for any reason”.

“Also it’s totally just my opinion that Leo Varadkar is a tosser. He just seemed like a bit of a tosser in the limited time I spent with him,” Doyle added. “I’m glad there’s a referendum happening; of course I am. And I’d hate to distract from the real debate in any way.” See his tweets in full below.

Ok just got back to this after a very, very late night in Dublin.

A *very* late night.

Anyway, I realise some apologies are in order…

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

Firstly, we should do our due diligence on any politico types that wanna come backstage. We didn't in this case, and that was lax. Sorry.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

Secondly, a tote bag round the neck is a crap protest; sorry. But that's all I had to hand, and I was very tired. Like, existentially tired.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

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Thirdly, I don't have much right to wade into this debate as some Johnny come lately when it's not even my country, so sorry about that too.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

I just think that women's bodies are their own, and it's weird that anyone feels they can't just say that for any reason.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

Also it's totally just my opinion that Leo Varadkar is a tosser. He just seemed like a bit of a tosser in the limited time I spent with him.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

Main thing to take away though is that Dublin got the best out of us for three absolute slamming gigs in a row. Big fucken love to all ❤️

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

As a further aside: the last thing I wanted to do was detract from the march today that, like an idiot, I'm only now finding out about.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

I'm glad there's a referendum happening; of course I am. And I'd hate to distract from the real debate in any way.

— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017

Varadkar, meanwhile has since said that he and a group of colleagues “were invited backstage to meet the band which was a real privilege,” adding: “One or two of the band members wanted to share their view with me on the Eight Amendment. I had no problem at all with that.”

LCD Soundsystem released comeback album ‘American Dream’, their first record in seven years, in September.

01/10/2017 21:39:43
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