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Ah festival season, which marks the start of the summer and the beginning of many three-day hangovers. 

With people coming from all corners of the country to pitch their tents in various fields, there are a few common tropes you will tend to see. 

We hate to play into festival stereotypes, but you have to admit that these are pretty apt: 

The Influencer

What would a festival be without a little bit of product promotion from our fave influencers?

It's actually pretty handy to have these guys and gals on Instagram, otherwise you would probably forget about some of the more niche elements of the festival itself that they're hired to flog.

Their outfits will be on point and their hair will somehow perpetually look like they've just popped out of Dry & Fly, even on the Sunday. 

Most likely to be heard in the VIP section panicking that their phone is about to die and all their power banks are empty. 

The Lad™

This particular breed of festival folk is your typical hearty Irish guy. 

He just wants to have a bit of craic with the lads, and if that involves spending a few hundred quid to drink cans in a field for 12 hours a day, so be it. 

Electric Picnic often falls on a weekend of serious sporting importance, and this year is no different.


The Festi-hun

You know this girl, You love this girl. You probably are this girl.

The festival gal is ready to battle through a weekend of frivolity in her Penneys leopard print wellies, and she means business.

From dragging her pals to every act to having a different flower crown for every outfit, festival season would not be the same without her. 

Aren't we all this girl really? At least a little bit inside. 

The Professional Raver

This crew will have you uber-envious of their rainbow hued threads and seemingly endless supply of energy. We wonder where they get it from?

Decked out head to toe in Ireland's finest vintage store finds, the niche acts are her calling.

When she's not bopping at an exceptionally cool DJ set you've never heard of, she'll be found getting her braids fixed at the on-site hairdressers.

The Lost-weekender

This guy has more Baja hoodies than he can count, but he just brought the one to make space for more cans.

He'll have every festival wristband he's ever gotten looped up his wrist, and despite your warnings about the potential hygiene issue this look entails, he won't ever hear you over his horror that you've 'never even been to Sziget, man.'

His ultimate goal is to one day make it to Burning Man, but for the time being he'll survive on the Irish festi vibes.




Claire Foy has gained international recognition for her powerful portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and now as Janet Armstrong in First Man.

As part of her acceptance speech for the #SeeHer recognition gong at the Critics' Choice Awards, she delivered a moving statement about the complexities of female roles.

She became the third actor to receive the accolade, which was launched by the Association of National Advertisers in 2016.

She followed in Viola Davis' and Gal Gadot's footsteps, winning the award which aims to increase the number of accurate depictions of women across the media.

Foy made sure to speak about how numerous people refer to her role in the 2018 Neil Armstrong biopic First Man as "just the wife", which she strongly opposes.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play some extraordinary women, for all sorts of reasons, and none more so than Janet Armstrong,” Foy said.

"She lived her life with such bravery and resilience and determination and love," she added.

“I can’t tell you how many times during the making of the movie and in the press tour that people said to me, ‘Well that part is normally the part of just the wife’." 

“And there’s no such thing as ‘just the wife’.” This statement got rapturous applause from the star-studded audience, clearly emphatically agreeing with the British actress.

Foy illustrated that it’s an actor’s responsibility to question who they portray, how they portray them and “how we want people to see themselves on screen” to create change.

Viola Davis presented Foy with the award, and Foy explained how she’d previously watched Davis’ acceptance speech for the 2016 #SeeHer award in preparation for her own.

She was eternally inspired by the outstanding Widows actor’s words that “the greatest privilege in your life is to be who you are.” WE STAN.

The actress concluded by saying she hopes the #SeeHer award will give her “encouragement” to be “brave enough to face and see myself”, and that she hopes it will also help others to do the same.

*Passes the tissues around the office*

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Jordan Hanz in a 24-year old make up artist who shares her amazing make up skills and transformations on Instagram with 250,000 followers.

Her incredible fantasy-inspired make up looks can take between three and five hours each to create and they are actually mindblowing. She has got some magic skills with a contour brush, she really does. 


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For her newest project, Jordan chose to create a video that shows how derogatory labels can have a powerful affect on women. Speaking to Buzzfeed Life she explained that she was "watching the VMAs, and saw Amber Rose's statement outfit," she then became "instantly inspired by her."


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Her idea then became a reality when she spent hours and hours creating a stop-motion video where hurtful words would appear on her body. She used makeup body paints to write the words whcih signified the stereotypes she felt she and the women in her life have had to fight against. 


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"As a woman who speaks out against others, I've often been called a bitch," she explained, "There is such a double standard when it comes to powerful men and women."

As the video goes on many words appear on her skin, Jordan says the phrase which was most difficult for her to write was 'asking for it'.


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"After I was assaulted, I was made to feel that it was my fault. Victim shaming and slut-shaming is something that I want to break down."

She then removes the words and explained the message behind the video as this:

"If we love each other, and have unbreakable self-love, NOTHING can hurt us. We are strong, bad-ass women that are ladylike as f**k, because WE choose how we see ourselves."



There are always some people we encounter at festivals. And here they are: 

1. The Underage Ones


These are always very easy to spot…

2. The Middle-Aged Ones


Spot these bad boys in their faded Metallica tour t-shirts from 2007, rocking out with their significant other half, loving life and hating the masses of children that surround them. They’re here purely for the music. 

3. The Uber-Cool Parents


These cool rents probably live in a loft converted apartment by the cool canal district, with their one year old “Finn.” Finn is probably dressed in a striped babygro and a quirky hat, to match his parent’s quirky style. They’ve brought Finn along, so that when he’s 5, they can tell him he has already witnessed Haim live. It’ll really add to his street cred.

4. The Very Drunk Ones


Yes, pretty much everyone could be considered drunk at a  festival, because pretty much everyone drinks at a day festival. However, there is a delicate balance between drunk and very drunk. Drunk is dancing, laughing, having fun. Very drunk is sneaky naggins, vomming your ring up near the main stage and spending four hours in the medical tent. That and ruining everyone’s day.

5. The High Ones


Find the high ones in the quirkiest corner of the festival. They’ll be hanging out in the techno meets house meets “you’re not hipster enough to be here” corner. 

6. The Couple


There are two types of couples at a day festival. The ones who attend because they both love the line up and the ones who attend because their other half loves the line up. 

7. The Fashionista


Every girl at a festival thinks that she’s going to stand out. But then we all end up looking the same…damn. 

8. The Boys On Tour


The lads are here to have the time of their wee lives. They’ve kitted themselves out in River Island’s spring/summer collection. They’ve had a six pack in the house before they even left and now they’re kick-starting on the pints inside. 

9. The Next Spielberg


These are the ones who, instead of watching the gig like a normal person, insist on holding their phones a meter above everyone’s head to record a fabulously shaky, screechy video that’s unlikely to make it any further than their hard drive. The point of it all is to seemingly prove to everyone that they were in fact, there. Promise.

10. The Attention Seeker


There’s usually a scattering of these about the place. They’ll be dressed in either a onesie, swimming gear, a mask, a hat bigger than the average car, a morph suit, a variety of neon shades or just fancy dress in general. 

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So many of the stereotypes of Irish people tend to be exaggerated and untrue. Not these ones however, these are true! All true!

1. We have big families
Well, not every single person but families do tend to be a lot bigger than other parts of the world. Every time you walk down the street with your gran you meet at least five cousins you never knew existed.

Big family

2. We’re very welcoming and friendly people
Not that we’re bias or anything, but we’re pretty sure Irish people are the friendliest ever.

Welcome (2)

3. The Irish swear a lot!
We do, but we do it in a sweet, messing kind of way, you know? Like oh, you cheeky bastard (Translation: Oh you clever lad!)



4. We can’t get enough of those delicious potatoes
Sadly, it’s true. We all have a deep love affair with the potato on a sub-conscious level. Peel it, mash it, boil it, roast it, fry it, EAT it! Potato is the number one vegetable or side dish at every Irish family’s dinner table, even now.

In Love

5. We put off stuff all the time
We tend to have a habit of putting stuff on the back-burner. As goes the famous saying: “Ah, sure it’ll be grand.”


6. We all love the drink
It’s what we have become known for all over the world! We start drinking at a very young age, and by the time we’re 18 the novelty is gone.


7. Irish people have the gift of the gab
We do LOVE “the chats.” If an Irish person can say something in 10 words they’ll usually use 100. If you ask us a story, make sure you have the time to hear it!


8. The majority of Irish people think Bono is an eejit
The Irish are proud of many of their own artists and celebrities, like Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan and Glen Hansard, to name but a few. But Bono, the lead singer from U2 is an absolute dose.

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How many can you tick off the list?