Graham Linehan has received overwhelming nominations for the British comedy show The Last Leg’s D*ck of the Year award.
Since 2014, The Last Leg have annually presented the mock prize D*ck of the Year. Linehan is this year’s front runner for the award. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has also received numerous nominations for his refusal to address the link between climate change and bushfires.
Due to Linehan’s transphobic comments and actions, Twitter has overwhelming voted for him to win this year’s prize. One Twitter user posted, “In a field of exceptionally deserving candidates my nominee has to be Graham Linehan for his outstanding contributions to the field of d*ckery, including an attempt to rob a children’s charity of funding and his dedication to the art of online transphobia.”
— Special Guest Villainess ?️ (@evilniamh) December 10, 2019
Former co-writer of Father Ted, Linehan, has previously led a campaign on the online parenting network Mumsnet to pressure the Big Lottery Fund’s CEO into reviewing the £500,000 donation to trans charity, Mermaids. CEO of Mermaids, Susie Green said, “It is very sad to see that a white, privileged man has decided that he knows better than the parents and young people directly affected, seeking to undermine funding for often lifesaving support for children to achieve their best in the face of bigotry.”
Look, I’m not saying a certain Irish comedy writer who spends his time attacking the trans community in the name of “protecting lesbians” should get @TheLastLeg #DickOfTheYear award, but I *will* say a lot of people wouldn’t be sad about it – including, like, most lesbians.
— Amanda Jetté Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) December 12, 2019
Other nominations for the D*ck of the Year read: he has “sh*t on his entire comedic legacy for the chance to be a massive transphobic b*llend.”
In 2019, Linehan’s appearance on Prime Time sparked multiple complaints. On the event page for a protest outside RTE to stop the episode from airing, This Is Me states, “We are…worried about the misinformation that will be broadcast and the colossal damage that this WILL cause to the transgender community of Ireland. Trans lives are not up for ‘debate’.”
Submitting their nomination, another Twitter user stated, “No one has dedicated more time and energy and sacrificed so much for the purpose of being an absolute c*nt to vulnerable and marginalised people.”
— A Muppet Christmas Cathal (@LigOFE) December 12, 2019
Previous winners of the award consist of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Katie Hopkins, Nigel Farage, Jeremy Hunt, and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Piers Morgan won second place in 2018. Harvey Weinstein was awarded the Streaming T*rd prize in 2017.
Nominees for 2019 will be announced on Friday, 13th December. The Last Leg airs every Friday and is hosted by comedians Josh Widdicombe, Alex Brooker and Adam Hills.
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