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Video: “Arrogant cyclists” Late Late Show item widely criticised

Posted on: January 13th, 2018

This segment on last night’s Late Late show has drawn a lot of criticism. The comments were absolutely extraordinary, and the audience were right behind the guests; take a look.

 

Arrogant cyclists Late Late Show item widely criticised

 

RTE presenter Maura Derrane and social media personality James Kavanagh have generated a lot of criticism for their comments on cyclists.

The pair were appearing on The Late Late show for an item during which guests were asked what they wanted to “bin” in 2018.

Derrane said she liked cycling but was “really bothered” by cyclists riding three or four abreast.

However, having made that point Kavanagh joined the conversation and he and Derrane made comments are were pretty extraordinary.

Derrane said she was particularly annoyed when cyclists blocked cars by the way they were riding on country roads.

 

 

“Really there’s no need because; are you in competition with a car? You’re never going to be faster. And (cyclists do it) almost to piss people off; I know that.”

Kavanagh then took it up: “They’re like the farm animals,” he said cyclists riding several abreast.

“Sheep or cows or whatever; they don’t move. Cyclists are like that as well.”

Derrane then told Kavanagh to hush and said she believed cyclists riding in the way she described did so because of arrogance.

She then said she didn’t want to throw cyclists in the bin. Rather, “arrogant cyclists” should go in the bin for 2018.

Author Eoin Colfer chipped in and said some cyclists were using “fake baby carriers” in order that cyclists would give them more room.

Host Ryan Tubridy asked the audience what they thought and they voted overwhelmingly in agreement with Derrane to bin arrogant cyclists in 2018.

“This causal incitement of hatred must stop,” Cycling Ireland said in a statement on Twitter.

“It’s too regularly entertained and not helpful in light of the Healthy Ireland drive for a more active nation.

“Creating division and animosity and will ultimately lead to a drop in participation of one of the few life-long activities. Stop.”

Dublin Cycling Campaign described the segment as “casual cyclist hatred”

“Tens of thousands of people will take to their bikes on country roads this weekend to meet their friends, have a chat, and get some exercise,” it said.

“After last night’s RTE Late Late Show many drivers might feel it’s ok not to show those people on bikes any respect.”

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