Talk:Plastic Paddy

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'Oirish Pub' link[edit]

As for whether this link: 'Oirish' pub should stay in: I think it's relevant, and illustrates the concept, even if the pub isn't called, say, 'Plastic Paddy's' or such. Could others weigh in on this? I think it is relevant, but don't want to edit war. - Kathryn NicDhàna 02:40, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

  • That link in the Plastic Paddy See also section, 'Oirish' pub, goes to a paragraph in the Monkey Dust article about an episode of a cartoon show, and within that paragraph is the term Oirish pub, which links right back to this article, Plastic Paddy. The title of the link in the See also section is misleading, does not give any further relevant information, and just links back to this article. That doesn't seem to be the kind of link that belongs in an encyclopedic article, regardless of the topic.Spylab 11:24, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

This is the bit I think is relevant: 'On one occasion, he enters the pub to be told by a barman named Keith, in an absurd leprechaun outfit that it is now an "Oirish pub". When he asks what happened to the previous barman, who was Irish, he is told that he wasn't "Oirish" enough.' - Kathryn NicDhàna 03:21, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

If it must be linked, the name of the link should clearly point out what it's linking to; an episode of a cartoon. With the link named Oirish pub, people will think they are about to read an article defining and elaborating on what an Oirish pub is. That is clearly not the case. Link names should not mislead people like that. Spylab 22:29, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

The Oirish pub is a fundamental part of Paddywhackery. In Australia I saw one which offered a "Blarney Busting, Shillelagh Swinging, Leprechaun Loving good time". There are no pubs like that where I live in Ireland, though I suspect that there might be in Killarney and the more touristy parts of Dublin city. Millbanks (talk) 20:00, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

In the States, at least, Guiness offers a turnkey "Oirish Pub" that can be purchased and installed, lock, stock and smoky faux-celtic-lettered pub sign, by anybody with the money to pay for it. I can show you at least two here in greater Milwaukee alone! --Orange Mike | Talk 14:50, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

"Paddy" = ethnic slur/pejorative?[edit]

The article defines the term 'Paddy' as 'an ethnic slur against Irish people'. There is a supporting reference, but this is weak. I think the statement is excessively sweeping if it contains any truth at all. Irish people routinely refer to themselves as Paddies and English people don't use the term with the intention of causing offence, though they will sometimes avoid using it because they are afraid of causing offence. It's really equivalent to the Australian use of Pom to refer to the British, and I certainly wouldn't describe that as an 'ethnic slur'. How offensive these things are always depends on the context. --Ef80 (talk) 13:32, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Further, how one earth does a columnist's opinion:
I abhor the term Plastic Paddy, a reference to the emigrants born in England with English accents who strive to find a balance between their Englishness and Irishness
support the opening statement:
Plastic Paddy is a pejorative term to describe non-Irish people and those of the Irish diaspora who harbour a nostalgic claim of Irishness due to having some degree of Irish ? Rockpocket 19:27, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
If you had carried on citing the article you would have got to It's ironic that the second generation have to put up with discrimination in the way my Dad did back in the fifties when the Irish were banned from the lodging houses of Northampton. Yet even the most bigoted little Irelanders accept Irish Americans as Irish even though most are American citizens. What's the difference? The clear inference is that the term is discrimination and it is perpetrated by bigots.
In addition we could use the conviction in a law court of someone for using racist language, including "plastic paddy".
Furthermore, we could even add the dictionary definition from Ask Oxford. Or indeed the the Race Relations Act 1976. Or the definition of racist from The Oxford English Dictionary. Nedao.glasgow (talk) 19:34, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
I'd change non-Irish people and those of the Irish diaspora who harbour a nostalgic claim of Irishness due to having some degree of Irish to those perceived to be less Irish than those perceived to be of pure Irish background. Nedao.glasgow (talk) 19:42, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
Do any of those actually describe "Plastic Paddy" as a pejorative term? Currently, there appears to be a lot of synthesis going on. Rockpocket 19:45, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
Common sense indicates it's pejorative based on these citations. We certainly have to make up our mind what it means though. And I suspect some bizarrely think it's "just abit of fun"... Nedao.glasgow (talk) 21:02, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
Those examples suggest can be pejorative, it does not state that it is pejorative. When we are defining meaning, making qualitative statements based on examples is not a good idea. Lets state what the meaning of the term is and them we can state the examples of how it has been used. Rockpocket 21:35, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
OK, let's try to define what we mean. If you are saying something is plastic, then clearly you are saying this is deficient. If you are saying something is deficient, then it's pejorative. Can you give me an example when it is not a criticism of somethings or someones authenticity as Irish? Nedao.glasgow (talk) 12:03, 25 October 2009 (UTC)

Yes, the word plastic implies fake or second rate, i.e. Plastic Paddy = fake Irish. It is almost always pejorative to call someone fake. In fact, I can't think of any example in which calling someone fake would be a good thing, unless possibly you mean someone is a good actor, because they convincingly portray something they're not. I doubt anyone would use the term in that way though. All of the examples in the article are obviously negative.Spylab (talk) 02:25, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

Let me give you a perfect example of what is wrong with this article. The sentence: Some individuals of Irish heritage have charged that the use of the term 'Plastic Paddy', and the criticism of non-Irish born football players, is a form of bigotry. In these cases they are asserting that all people of any Irish ancestry are in effect 'Irish' and therefore can claim 'Irish' identity even if they are not Irish (or Northern Irish). This sourced to a column by Will Buckley [1], which happens to mention the term, quoting a fictional character in a novel. It has absolutely nothing to do with the sentence it is supposed to be supporting!
This entire article is essentially a personal essay reflecting a specific POV, with links to other articles that mention the term as spurious "support" for the fact it is always a racist, pejorative ethnic slur. Honestly. Our job is not to tease out the implications based on our own perspectives. Let the facts speak for themselves. Rockpocket 02:34, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
Finally, the reason all the examples in the article are obviously negative is because the people who wrote is made sure that was the case to further a point of view. If you actually read the sources (at least the ones that actually have something to do with the term) you would note the following: They have all heard the ‘plastic’ Paddy taunts and by and large take it in the banter that it is intended as was shown by a Tricolour flag seen in Paris for the recent game with France that had a QPR badge in the middle and flanked by a message that simply said: “Plastic and Proud”. So, rather than rely on our personal feelings, how about we reflect what the sources actually say? Rockpocket 02:47, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
I think we should work towards consensus on this. Maybe sentence by sentence. But towards that we should work. It's a controversial area, so I appreciate some of your concerns rocketpocket.
1. Do we think it's pejorative? I'd suggest yes, since there is evidence it formed racist abuse and we have an article from the Irish Independent in which it suggests the author abhors the term, possibly viewing it as a form of discrimination. I'd also suggest that calling something plastic is pejorative. This may be a point of view, but Ask Oxford suggest calling something plastic, means artificial, which is not coomplementary. It is also based upon the word Paddy, which is chiefly offensive on it's own. Suffixing with plastic does not reduce the offense. Nedao.glasgow (talk) 20:48, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
It doesn't matter what we think, it matters what multiple, independent, reliable sources say. Do the multiple, independent, reliable sources say its pejorative? Rockpocket 23:51, 29 October 2009 (UTC)
Of course it is! that Paddy carrying racial conotations and Plastic Paddy being a pejorative. As a born a bred Irishman I find that I have often heard people say to me that "oh its not you guys that I have a problem with, its those Plastic Paddys that have never been to Ireland". Its a terms used by the most insecure, rancid cretinous or bitter and jealous cunts that will never understand the Irish diaspora.--Vintagekits (talk) 00:01, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Well, why didn't you say so earlier? Now we have your erudite opinion to refer to, we can definitely add it to the article. Jesus wept. Rockpocket 02:06, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Would you please deal with the substantive point RP? How does a term like Paddy, which is pejorative/offensive (I think we agree), become not pejorative/offensive by prefixing it with plastic? Nedao.glasgow (talk) 18:53, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
The substantive point is that we need multiple reliable sources, not opinions, to support the material in our article. If what you say is so patently obvious, then you should have no problem providing them. Let me give you a comparative example. The article, Nigger does not even describe the term as a pejorative, ethnic slur. It starts: Nigger is a noun in the English language, most notable for its usage in a pejorative context to refer to black people, and also as an informal slang term, among other contexts. See the difference? Rather than label it as "pejorative" we describe how it is used (both pejoratively and otherwise). This is what we should do here. Rockpocket 19:04, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
  • The difference is that in this case, there is no evidence of an otherwise. When is Plastic Paddy not used as a pejorative? Even in the example of Queen's Park Rangers fans mentioned above, it is pejorative because fans of other teams "taunted" the QPR fans with the term. The fact some QPR fans responded with the sarcastic "Plastic and Proud" banner doesn't make the term Plastic Paddy somehow not an insult.Spylab (talk) 21:17, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Well clearly he wasn't using it to criticize himself, instead it is an example of appropriation of the term, the exact same linguistic concept as nigga. But you are right, the sources indiicate it is most notable for its use in a pejorative manner, so we state that. Rockpocket 21:26, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Note that the banner said "Plastic and Proud", not "Plastic Paddy and Proud." There is no evidence provided to show there has been a significant reclamation of the term Plastic Paddy, along the lines of Nigga or Queer.Spylab (talk) 21:36, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Nowhere in the article does it claim there is, so I'm not sure what you point is. I used it only as an example of how selective the article is on citing sources. There is no reliable sources provided to support that fact that it is a "pejorative term", only of it being used in a pejorative context. There is an important difference. If you wish to revert to the previous version, please provide sources supporting what you wish to state. Rockpocket 21:59, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Exactly Spylab, it was appropriation of a term used by jealous bigots.--Vintagekits (talk) 22:01, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
I have copy edited the entire article with reference to all the sources cited inline. There was a shocking amount of SYN and OR going on. Now, each inline source explicitly supports the sentence preceding it. There are a number of references that are not cited inline. These may be suitable to support some of the material I removed, however, I am not in a position to read these currently. If that is the case, please feel free to add them back with the source cited inline. If there is continued attempts to misrepresent sources to further a position, then I'll take this to AN. Rockpocket 22:28, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
"white nigger" is considered pejorative,, so why not plastic paddy? Also <> considers it pejorative <>. Moreover, this book describes "plastic paddy" as "a jibe" [2]. Furthermore, this book describes the term as "derogatory" [3]. In addition, this book suggests the term is used to "denigrate" [4]. And finally, it is considered "a term of abuse", so therefore clearly pejorative, in "Fanatics!: power, identity, and fandom in football" By Adam Brown.[5]. Now one can dance on a pin head about how often the word "pejorative" is actually being used, but I think the sense is clear to all sensible people. Do you want to re-edit the article RP, or shall I? Nedao.glasgow (talk) 14:47, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I'm not convinced is a reliable source, but everything else you cite appears compelling. Feel free to add any material that is reliably and accurately sourced, Nedao.glasgow. That is all I have been requesting, thoughout this entire section. Rockpocket 19:50, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Actually, in addition to reliably sourcing it as a pejorative term, these sources appear to suggest documented usage of the term that is not made clear in the text. One that puts Vk's ("As a born a bred Irishman") eloquent point, that the term is "used by the most insecure, rancid cretinous or bitter and jealous cunts that will never understand the Irish diaspora" in some context. Cf:

  • "The Irish born have frequently denied the authenticity of their [the second generation Irish] Irish identity, using the derogatory term Plastic Paddy [6]
  • "Plastic Paddy... frequently articulated by the the new middle class Irish immigrants in Britain, for whom it was a means of distancing themselves from established Irish communities" [7]
  • "Within the Irish community itself, the jibe Plastic Paddy colludes with this denial..." [8]
  • "Plastic Paddy - a term of abuse used by Irish-born fans to indict the nominally 'second generation'" [9]

In all cases, these reliable sources articulate that it is specifically Irish-born people who use the derogatory term to jibe/insult/denigrate those they consider to be second generation. I was entirely unaware of this, as it is not even mentioned in the article. If Nedao.glasgow (or anyone else) doesn't update the article to include these references, I will later in the weekend. Rockpocket 20:17, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

You sound rather gleeful that the term is used, although certainly not exclusively, by the Irish RP. Maybe I've picked up your last message wrongly. I've made reference to the distribution of people who use the term in the article. One gets the impression RP may like to suggest the "cretinous" Irish are particular exponents of this pejorative term. Nedao.glasgow (talk) 21:11, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
One gets the impression that our policy about commenting on the content, not the contributor, is something you are unaware of. I suggest you read it.
For the nth time, I "like to suggest" we include what the references tell us. The fact that all the references you provide tell us something that is entirely lacking in the article suggests to me it is something that needs to be rectified. I assume you too are interesting in reported what the references tell us, right? Rockpocket 21:24, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I was wondering whether you wanted to emphasize the "cretinous", as you point out, Irish in the article. Nedao.glasgow (talk) 22:04, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
You were not my words (the clue is in the quotation marks), and I did not use those terms to justify the inclusion of any content. You would have to ask the editor who did. Rockpocket 22:09, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I never said they were your words. However, you provocatively put the two together. I thought you were wanting to emphasize usage by the "cretinous" Irish. Nedao.glasgow (talk) 22:17, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
You thought wrong. Instead of speculating about what I want to include, why don't you just ask and save us both some time? But, just in case the message hasn't got though yet. Let me repeat it again. There is no need to emphasize anything. Simply let the refs speak for themselves, again. Rockpocket 22:28, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Can we verify that I was wrong that you wanted to highlight the "cretinous" Irish? That's a retorical question... Nedao.glasgow (talk) 22:31, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I have a better idea. Why don't we verify that you are a single purpose account whose body of contributions to Wikipedia consists of selectively perpetuating a pathetic, parochial Rangers v. Celtic agenda across a range of articles? Lets also verify that that sort of editor has all the credibility of those fuckwits who spend their time "bantering" with each other on your aforementioned internet forums. So, now you have your anti-Rangers sentence inserted in this article, why don't you go back to arguing over which set of fans are more sectarian than the other and leave the serious article writing to those who know how to find a reference (rather than a google search) and use it. Good afternoon. Rockpocket 22:48, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I didn't mean to upset you rocketpocket over your connection of the "cretinous" and the Irish thing. Although someone might suspect you were being a tad pejorative on the basis of national origin (i.e. racist) there. I'll let you get back to editing on paramilitaries... Nedao.glasgow (talk) 23:01, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Its incorrect to claim this is an "ethnic slur", its simply a phrase of ridicule. What about actual Irish people from Ireland who use this term in regards to British Celtic FC types or people in Boston who drink green beer and confusingly wear tartan kilts on Saint Patricks Day? I don't think use of this phrase is "anti-Irish culture", but rather a term to represent cringing embrassment of a diaspora republican parody of something which probably doesn't even exist (or if it does, not quite how they envisage). The absolute worst part of it all, is the collectivist assertion of being "offended", as if these people and their constructed concept of "culture" is representive of the average British, American, Australian or whatever else person of Irish descent. - Yorkshirian (talk) 09:56, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Pejorative consensus[edit]

I was wondering if we have consensus on the use of the word pejorative? Previously I had written that "Now one can dance on a pin head about how often the word "pejorative" is actually being used, but I think the sense is clear to all sensible people. Do you want to re-edit the article RP, or shall I?" To which Rocketpocket wrote "everything else you cite appears compelling. Feel free to add any material that is reliably and accurately sourced, Nedao.glasgow. That is all I have been requesting, thoughout this entire section." Maybe people think that Plastic Paddy is not pejorative, so we should re-write the entire article and exclude the views of academics?

From before "Moreover, this book describes "plastic paddy" as "a jibe" [10]. Furthermore, this book describes the term as "derogatory" [11]. In addition, this book suggests the term is used to "denigrate" [12]. And finally, it is considered "a term of abuse", so therefore clearly pejorative, in "Fanatics!: power, identity, and fandom in football" By Adam Brown.[13]." Nedao.glasgow (talk) 00:31, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Nobody is denying that it is usually pejorative, to varying degrees, and the Usage section reflects that clearly ("notable for its usage in a pejorative context"). However, with a bit of common sense, we can see that not every example of use is pejorative, and to use the blanket term in the lead is incorrect. --hippo43 (talk) 09:36, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
Much like "nigger" not every example of use is pejorative - however, it is still a pejorative. Pretty much every example given when the use is not from an Irishman (be they born in Ireland or not) is used with pejorative intent. At its core it is a pejorative and that needs to be relectived in the opening sentance.--Vintagekits (talk) 11:51, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
Funny you mention the word "Nigger", it might be worth reading that article and noting how its pejorative use is described in the lead. This is how we should describe Plastic Paddy, in my opinion. Wikipedia articles should is descriptive, not proscriptive. Therefore we should not be proscribing what terms mean, simply describing how they are used. My proposal then,
Plastic Paddy is a term used to describe members of the Irish diaspora on the basis of their perceived lack of authenticity as Irish; its most notable for its usage in a pejorative context.
Rockpocket 20:31, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
Sounds good to me, perfectly sensible. --hippo43 (talk) 22:39, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
It should mirror this "Nigger is a noun in the English language, most notable for its usage in a pejorative context to refer to black people, and also as an informal slang term, among other contexts. It is a common ethnic slur."--Vintagekits (talk) 20:34, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
If hippo is being intransigent on not wanting "pejorative term", I think we should revert to Rocketpocket's reasonable suggestion. We had all pretty much agreed to Rp's suggestion last week before we strengthened the usage. So Rp's suggestion is a slight watering down of including an explicit and early mention of "pejorative term", which I think was clearly justified by the multiple and conclusive academic opinions. But to keep hippo happy I think we should go with RP's reasonable suggestion. Nedao.glasgow (talk) 21:39, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Northern Ireland project?[edit]

Why is this in the NI WikiProject? I don't think the term is used to refer to people actually born and bred on the island of Ireland. Even if they're not from the Irish state. It should just be in the USA, Scotland, England, Canada and Australia projects. - Yorkshirian (talk) 17:03, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Well add them - who is stopping you?--Vintagekits (talk) 18:19, 6 November 2009 (UTC)
I just wanted to see if there was a reason why NI was on before swapping it. - Yorkshirian (talk) 18:30, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Why doesnt this article mention americans?[edit]

Certainly online, the worst offenders for this are the "Irish" Americans, so why does this article hardly mention them? Im pretty sure it used too...-- (talk) 19:47, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

If you're plastic, you're plastic; they come out of Oz, NZ, Canada and other places as well. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:39, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Including yourself, by the look of it.-- (talk) 15:17, 22 November 2010 (UTC)


I've only ever heard the term as a joke in the UK, frequently self-deprecating. The article atm has a certain 'ideological' tone imo. For example: "According to Bronwen Walter, Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, "the adoption of a hyphenated identity has been much more problematic for the second generation Irish in Britain. The Irish-born have frequently denied the authenticity of their Irish identity, using the derogatory term plastic paddy, and the English regards them as "assimilated" and simply "English." Well, I'm not sure who says it's problematic, neither am I sure what is particularly 'authentic' about Irish identity if you've never lived in Ireland, nor what is so regrettable at treating everyone the same in the place where you do happen to live. I agree with an above comment, this hyphenated identity is an American preoccupation, it's got almost zero cultural purchase in the English-speaking end of Europe. Hakluyt bean (talk) 00:02, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

It would apear that Bronwen Walter, Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies at Anglia Ruskin University says its problematic. Unfortuntely, on articles like this, everyone has an opinion - but but they are almost always difficult to reliably source. So we are left with rather academic analyses that don't always reflect the common understanding or usage of the term. Rockpocket 17:18, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

"...means of distancing themselves from established Irish communities"[edit]

There's a quote from "Hickman" that is repeatedly (and slightly clumsily) paraphrased in the article. Needs fixing: perhaps by original writer. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:48, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

"Plastic Paddy" or "plastic Paddy"?[edit]

If "Plastic Paddy" is a proper name then we should capitalize 'Plastic' but if it's not we should not capitalize it. IMO, it's not a proper name but the name for a type of person. The article already reflects the common noun phrase (uncapitalized) usage in several places and a quick sweep would correct the rest. Jojalozzo 19:47, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Agreed. Mooretwin (talk) 10:21, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Of course it's a pejorative insult[edit]

I am an Irish citizen, born outside of the Republic to a mother from the North and a father born in the US of Irish immigrant parents. Both have had Irish citizenship from birth, as do I, and our ancestors have been Irish for millenia. But I've had the phrase "plastic paddy" thrown in my face repeatedly --- and almost exclusively by non-Irish citizens of the UK --- because I spent much of my life outside of Ireland and do not have a stereotypically "Oirish" accent. Most daminingly when I have failed to accept a UK-centric version of history --- distant or recent --- where Irish matters were discussed.

"Plastic Paddy" was used as an insult, it was intended as an insult, it was recognized an an insult, and it was responded to as an insult. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:14, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Born outside of the a Republic. So you aren't Irish. You answer the issue yourself. Kentish 2351 30 May 2017 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:52, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

Merge discussion[edit]

@Dwanyewest: With all due respect and apologies, I'm going to remove the merge notice. "Plastic Paddies" is a redirect. Currently there is a brief section by that name in the Irish diaspora article, while the topic is covered more fully in this article here. As the term is pejorative, it could be seen as insulting to redirect that term to that entire article. The redirect used to redirect here, until a bot changed it. I think it can be covered briefly at the diaspora article, as it is, with the "main" link to this article, again, as it is now. - CorbieV 22:51, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

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