The third episode of First Dates Ireland aired last night, much to the delight of viewers who have been waiting patiently for it over the past 7 days.
However, one of the dates used a derogatory term during his post-date interview which some people are suggesting should have been edited out by Coco TV...
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Midget is a derogatory term. It is unacceptable and should not be part of our vocabulary - particularly within the media. In tonight's episode of #FirstDatesIRL, a man said that he wanted his date to be tall and not a midget. (Little people are either fetishised or assumed to be asexual.) However, after saying that word, he asked the production team if he could use the word 'midget'. It was met with silence and the clip was aired on the national broadcaster (made by an independent production company) without challenging such antiquated language. That is not good enough and unintentionally, they have given thousands of people permission to use that word. Please, please don't.
"I can say midget can't I" Jesus man, if you have to ask you should probably say nothing at all #FirstDatesIRL
— Nihilistic Mystic (@ParamitePies) May 5, 2016
— Sinéad Burke (@TheSineadBurke) May 5, 2016
So far there has been no response from Coco TV, but a public apology is the very least they can do. If you too were offended by their choice to broadcast such a dated and offensive term, you can let them know here.