Michaella McCollum of the 'Peru Two' was interviewed by RTÉ on April 3, and it certainly got the nation talking.
Following her arrest for attempting to smuggle €2 million worth of cocaine through Lima's airport, the Tyrone woman spent two-and-a-half years in a Peruvian prison. Having just been released, but still unable to leave the country, RTÉ sent a correspondent to perform an interview with the newly liberated 23-year-old.
The Irish public had a mixed reaction to the programme to say the least. Some felt that the interview was far too soft, that it was overly sympathetic to a convicted criminal, while others were merely fixated on McCollum's change in hairstyle...
Interview approach worse than my hairstyle but ultimately she's ruined her own life, won't reoffend & danger to nobody. #MichaelaMcCollum
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) April 3, 2016
I get that she's young&made a mistake but for gods sake ask the questions we all want to hear!Terrible interview #MichaelaMcCollum
— Brian Ormond (@brianormond79) April 3, 2016
— Alexandra Ryan (@SweetLikeAli) April 3, 2016
Uneasy watching #MichaelaMcCollum interview should we give drug mules media coverage/celebrity etc. Or was she just v young & vulnerable?
— June Shannon (@juneshannon) April 3, 2016
Oh here we go. The poor me act. Blame my environment. #MichaelaMcCollum
— Peter (@peterc83) April 3, 2016
Woman in Ibiza knew nothing about drugs. In other news, a man came home from Rome today and said: "Catholicism? What?" #MichaelaMcCollum
— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) April 3, 2016
"I couldn't afford the deposit for a house, to rent, so I went on holidays"
Sound economic sense there. #MichaelaMcCollum
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) April 3, 2016
I suppose you have a lot of time to get your story sorted and on how you'll deliver it when in prison #MichaelaMcCollum
— Anne Mc Coy (@annemccoy) April 3, 2016
— Deric Ó hArtagáinTV (@deric_tv) April 3, 2016
Depressingly I already have the line "could Michaela please come to the diary room" in my head #MichaelaMcCollum
— Oisin Langan (@oisinlangan) April 3, 2016
— M.J. Vaughan (@MickeyJoeV) April 3, 2016
Very soft interview, I agree. But also a young girl who got dragged into something and couldn't escape. Feel sorry for her #MichaelaMcCollum
— andrew knowles (@andrewknowles10) April 3, 2016
'Everybody makes mistakes' - I left the heating on last week that's a mistake. Not smuggling 1.7mill worth of cocaine ???????????????? #MichaelaMcCollum
— Ian McCabe (@ianomccabe) April 3, 2016
I never thought I'd hear someone describe being imprisoned in Peru for drug smuggling as a growth opportunity #MichaelaMcCollum
— Leslie Ann Horgan (@LeslieAnnHorgan) April 3, 2016
She's well tutored, well coached, well rehearsed I'll give her that #MichaelaMcCollum
— PJ Coogan (@pjcoogan) April 3, 2016