It’s getting close to May Day in Ireland…or May 25, which is when the citizenry will head to the polls to vote on a referendum which would nix the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which heavily restricts abortion.
Not surprisingly, a host of celebrities are weighing in on the vote, and the vast majority – probably also not surprising – is in favor of repeal.
Brit singer Boy George – AKA George O’Dowd, with Irish parents from Tipperary – made his thoughts known with a few tweets last week. “I hope Ireland votes yes on a 'women's right to choose' because no women [sic] has an abortion on a whim,” he wrote on the 25th.
I hope Ireland votes yes on a 'women's right to choose' because no women has an abortion on a whim.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 26, 2018
A couple of days later he tweeted back at someone who disagreed: “I support women and their right to decide what is best for their lives and their bodies,” and also responded to someone who said that men should have “rights” when it comes to childbirth too.
“Yes they do. Sadly, many do not step up and take responsibility!” BG replied. No arguing with that logic.
Yes they do. Sadly, many do not step up and take responsibility! https://t.co/eYVoNHplHW— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 27, 2018
Caitriona Balfe, the Irish star of the STARZ series Outlander, is all in for repeal. The newly engaged star and runner of her first ever marathon in London a couple of weeks back is wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with REPEAL for her Twitter profile shot, and she’s posted and re-tweeted loads of items that support the yes campaign.
A good few of Caitriona’s Twitter postings are devoted to the causes she believes in – MeToo, gun control, the importance of a free press, etc. We’ll take a wild guess here and say that she’s definitely not a fan of the current White House occupant.
Have you checked to see whether you sre registered to vote? https://t.co/Ugt2IPjNVu— Maria Doyle Kennedy (@mariadkennedy) May 3, 2018
Forms need to be posted tomorrow to meet the May 8th deadline.
As my wise friend @caitrionambalfe wrote:Democracy fails you if you fail to participate#Register4Yes
Singer Hozier is rallying his fellow males for a yes vote too. “Because continuing to export the issue puts at risk the health and welfare of 12 people each day. Because the 8th prevents nothing but the safety and dignity of our citizens. Because such a lack of compassion to those in a crisis is not the Ireland I believe in. #menforyes,” he tweeted.
Because continuing to export the issue puts at risk the health and welfare of 12 people each day. Because the 8th prevents nothing but the safety and dignity of our citizens. Because such a lack of compassion to those in a crisis is not the Ireland I believe in. #menforyes— Hozier (@Hozier) April 24, 2018
Even actor Cillian Murphy, who usually keeps a low public profile, has chimed in for repeal. He did an interview last week with Blindboy Boat Club, better known perhaps as one-half of the Rubberbandits. Cillian’s message was loud and clear: guys gotta stick up for women on May 25.
“Men and women are custodians of this society and we both decide what’s going to happen for our future. I feel that very, very strongly. And I think, you know, that you can be well intentioned and say, ‘Look, it should be for women to decide this,’ but we need to go out and support women on this,” he said.
“That’s the really the thing that has hit home the most because I have a lot of friends that are out canvassing and that are working on behalf of various campaigns and then you hear that from men, they support it, but they’re like, ‘We don’t want to get involved.’”