- 23 Nov 17
In an extraordinary interview, conducted just a couple of days in advance of a storm erupting that would lead to his resignation from Today FM, the comedian Al Porter spoke to Hot Press about sex scandals in general – and about his life, his work, his family and his ambitions.
Al on the dramatic spate of sex scandals, “We’re at a watershed moment culturally where what is seen as decent and acceptable behavior is going to change, but it is important that we note that this is the defining moment and, going forward, I think a lot of people are going to change their behaviour.”
On why people should be reporting allegations to the police instead of running to the media, Al says, “Trial by media isn’t a good thing. We also still have to rely on the fact that if you have been abused or assaulted you should be able to trust the Gardaí to investigate it on your behalf and for justice to prevail. The Daily Mail is not An Garda Siochana. That’s important as well.”
On the #Metoo drive, Al says, “What I would be worried about is that #metoo drags people into that group that don’t belong in it. I know that might sound like I’m defending these people but I’m not. I’m just saying equally, actually victims of abuse have to use this moment to have their voice and to try and give a sober comment on it because there is no point getting caught up in hysteria either. Trial by media isn’t a good thing.”