“A black British woman has been the subject of racist abuse while tweeting from the @Ireland Twitter account.
Michelle Marie, who is originally from Oxford and has lived in Ireland for three years, was shocked after receiving “eight hours of non-stop hate” within hours of taking over the account, which has 40,000 followers.
The blogger and plus-size model was targeted by trolls, with one user telling Marie to “return to your ancestral lands”.
She posted that she was “hurt” by the abuse in a statement posted on Twitter, but said she would do her best to complete her week running the account.
She added: “I expected trolls, and backlash, and criticism. But today I have experienced racism, sexism, fatphobia and homophobia to a degree I have never known. I have had 8 hrs of nonstop hate thrown at me. I am hurt, shocked and appalled.”
The @Ireland Twitter account rotates each week with a new person introduced every Monday morning.
It is run by IrishCentral.com, an American news website for Irish news, and Twitter users can either apply to run it or be nominated.”
In an interview with UK music magazine NME in 1986, singer-songwriter Morrissey famously said, “I’ve never made any secret of the fact that at least 50 percent of my reason for writing can be blamed on Shelagh Delaney.” His love for the English playwright can be detected throughout his work with the Smiths, the legendary rock band he fronted in the 1980s, and his subsequent career as a solo artist, including in lyrical allusions to Delaney’s dialogue and the lives of her characters. By far the greatest influence on his songwriting is her 1958 theatrical debut, A Taste of Honey, a controversial exploration of sexuality, racism, and socioeconomic degradation that she wrote at the tender age of eighteen.