American comedian Josh Pray has been spreading a lot of joy amongst Irish people on social media over the last few months.
However, a message that he posted on Facebook yesterday revealed that he has also been subjected to 'negative' messages from some individuals who have decided that he doesn't have the right to talk about Irish sports.
"Due to the negative nature of some messages That I’ve gotten from some Ireland based individuals whom think I should let Irish bred folks commentate Irish sports, I will refrain from posting about the Irish culture for a few weeks," he wrote. "There you go lads, have at it💪🏿"
Clearly, most reasonable people were both angry and upset that someone who has brought happiness to many has been treated so badly.
One commented under the Facebook post: "I'm an Irish based individual and I've loved the videos and your feelings about Ireland. Those people are probably jealous because you're putting their Irishness to shame with your enthusiasm."
Another said: "Josh for every thousand people there will be one Gobshite !! You so positive so embrace their crap laugh at it and bring yourself to a higher level !!"
I’ve spent ten years trying to grow Gaelic games outside of Ireland, and @_joshpray is a bona fide all-star. Anyone (by which I men the usual anonymous basement-dwelling racist lads) who would abuse him or send him nasty messages can go and get fucked.
— Philip O'Connor (@philipoconnor) September 11, 2019
On behalf of Irish people who aren't dickheads, I just want to tell @_joshpray that you're a delight and a treasure. You reminded us of how wonderful a thing that we've taken for granted is.
Fan inti, mo chara..
— The Irish For 👨👧👦🎈 (@theirishfor) September 10, 2019
This is disgusting news and I’m so annoyed that ignorant, racist gobshites have now ruined what was nothing but a positive, good natured approach from a guy trying to embrace our sports and culture. @_joshpray I’m sorry you’ve been made to feel this way. https://t.co/Qogoa4J9NL
— Anne-Marie F. (@TheRealAmz) September 10, 2019
Let's hope he changes his mind by Saturday, because we need his take on the football final replay.