Waterford Whispers creator ‘stands by’ sketch of God as rapist

RTÉ withdrew the New Year comedy broadcast from its website after 4,000 complaints

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
10th January, 2021
Waterford Whispers creator ‘stands by’ sketch of God as rapist
Colm Williamson, founder of satirical website Waterford Whispers: ‘The piece speaks for itself’ Patrick Browne

The comedian behind Waterford Whispers News has said he “stands by” the controversial sketch depicting God as a rapist broadcast on New Year’s Eve, which RTÉ has since found did not comply with its editorial standards.

The satirical sketch featured Aengus Mac Grianna, the former RTÉ newsreader, delivering a fake news bulletin stating that God had been arrested on charges of sexual assault.

“The five-billion-year-old stood accused of forcing...

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