I don't know about you but I am severely p'ed off about this Black Friday garbage in Ireland this week. Every time I turn on the radio or TV, I hear some mouthpiece telling me about flatscreen TV discounts on offer this Friday. Fine Gael and the guards have let Black Friday become a thing in Ireland over the last two years and I don't like it. It's garbage.
Ireland, look yourself in the mirror - what have you become? You're so much better than Black Friday. You know it. I know it.
National celebrations of commerce are bad enough, but at least in America, it slots naturally into the holiday calendar. Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Black Friday follows it up. The Christmas shopping season officially begins. It makes sense. Black Friday in Ireland or the UK makes no sense. It's JUST ANOTHER FRIDAY.
I use ALL CAPS for emphasis here. SEVEN human lives have ended on Black Friday, according to the website blackfridaydeathcount.com
America has many enviable holidays but Black Friday is not one of them. If we were celebrating July 4th, at least we'd get a firecracker show. If it was Martin Luther King Day that we were robbing, we'd be honouring the life of a hero and a badass. But no - the people who run Ireland's electronics stores and retail giants have decided to bring the worst day on the American calendar to Ireland (I can say this because I am an American).
People need to vote with their debit cards on Friday. Black Friday is bullshit. It has no place in Ireland and we need to kill it before it becomes an established part of our lives here. St Stephen's Day is a perfectly acceptable day for a sale.