In an interview with broadcaster Eamon Dunphy, conservative columnist John Waters went ballistic, calling him a "f**king bollocks" and storming out. Dunphy decided to share the recording.
To create a balanced dynamic, presented Eamon Dunphy decided to devote one episode of his podcast The Stand to the views of someone voting Yes to repeal the 8th amendment in Ireland's abortion referendum and one to the views of someone voting No.
For the Yes, episode, his guest was Irish Times columnist Una Mulally, and for the No episode, he invited the conservative writer John Waters.
When Dunphy asked Waters about the 'morning after' pill and his thoughts on when life begins, Waters went ballistic. Today, Dunphy released a recording via Soundcloud.
"This is typical of the media attempt to turn this into something else. These are extraordinary philosophical questions. . . These are angels dancing on the head of a pin when there are tanks coming down the main street," Waters raged.
"You're trying to bully me now," Dunphy said, also pointing out that he himself is on the No side.
"We have 40 minutes to do an interview about this, so can we talk about the issue or else I'm going home." Waters said, threatening to leave. "I'm fed up [with] this, listen. You told me this would be a fair interview, this is not a fair interview.
"You're a bollocks, you're a f**king bollocks. You can f**k off, Eamon.
"Talk to Una Mullaly, f**k off."
Dunphy shared his reasons why he released the recording in place of the episode:
"Ok folks, that's what happened. It's very unfortunate and I'm very sad about it. It was the intention to have somebody representing the No side and to balance that with somebody, Una Mullaly, an Irish Times journalist, representing the Yes side. So the No side have disappeared and people can. . .I'm glad we played it out because people can make their own minds up about what occurred."
Waters' recent alleged comparison of abortion and the Holocaust during a Catholic mass in Limerick sparked walkouts. The University of Notre Dame also came under intense criticism late last year after they invited Waters, who had called the story of the mass grave of infants and children at the Tuam Mother and Baby home a hoax, to speak at an event hosted by the Notre Dame Values and Ethics group.