Homophobia question prompts Irish radio comedian to come out

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An Irish radio satirist came out at the weekend to counter accusations that one of his sketches was homophobic.

Oliver Callan, 30, writes and produces the comedy programme Nob Nation, on Ireland’s RTÉ Radio, which pokes fun at public figures.

The comedian recently came under fire for his portrayal of footballer Paul Galvin. Galvin is known for his keen interest in fashion and had spoken publicly about his intention to pursue a career in fashion buying.

Mr Galvin said he was “excruciatingly embarrassed” by the satirist’s impression.

On RTÉ’s The Saturday Night Show, Callan said: “I’m bemused by this. Let’s get the record straight. I’m not a homophobe because I’m gay. Big deal.”

Mr Callan added: “I didn’t set out to offend the man. It’s a pity he didn’t laugh at it. What more can I say?”

A hotel-owner won €70,000 in damages against Nob Nation this year after the programme said he was running a brothel.