The Ancient Order of Hibernians is taking issue with Governor Andrew Cuomo
By Irish Echo Staff
The Ancient Order of Hibernians has condemned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for announcing the cancellation of the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade in part with a fake Irish accent.
Stating that the cancellation of the “beloved” parade was no time for “Paddywhackery”
An AOH statement said that Hibernians were “shocked and disappointed” that during his Wednesday press conference dealing with the response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic “and the heartbreaking announcement that for the first time in 258 years the NY St. Patrick's Day parade will not take place on March 17th that Governor Andrew Cuomo had “decided that this was an appropriate time to engage in stereotypical stage-Irishmanism.”
The AOH statement said that in response to a question from a reporter concerning what authority he was invoking to cancel the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, “the governor decided to go for a cheap laugh by adopting a faux Irish accent and channeling the ‘Lucky Charms’ Leprechaun.”
Continued the statement: “The Governor's lame attempt at ‘humor’ at such a time of deep disappointment for the Irish American Community is incredibly tone-deaf and insensitive.
“The Hibernians recall Governor Cuomo's own just indignation when his brother was referred to recently as ‘Fredo,’ a reference to the Godfather and Italian stereotypes. The Hibernians are therefore deeply disappointed that the Governor has now engaged in the same behavior towards the Irish American community in a classic example of ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’
“We would remind the Governor that March is Irish American Heritage Month, a time when all Americans are called upon to reflect and celebrate the contributions that Irish American men and women have and continue to make to America and nowhere more so than in New York.
“At a time when the traditional celebrations of Irish American Heritage through parades must be curtailed in the public interest, we would have expected the Governor to redouble New York efforts to recognize that contribution, not double down on paddywhackery.
“The Hibernians call upon Governor Cuomo issue an apology for his insensitive and inappropriate attempt at humor at this disappointing time for the Irish American Community.
“We invite the Irish American community to contact the Governor's Office at (518)474-8390 to tell him that there is no time for such denigrating humor targeting the Irish, least of all during a health crisis.”