What a time to be alive!
The recent controversy surrounding the proposed RIC commemoration in Ireland has raised many interesting talking points, but we never imagined we would get to this point.
People were not happy when it was suggested an event be held to commemorate the place of the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police in Irish history, with their close links to the 'Black and Tans' the main point of contention.
We won't get into the details surrounding that debate here, but it certainly seems to have awoken a wave of republicanism in many people.
The legendary Wolfe Tones' song Come out Ye Black and Tans has shot up to number one in the Irish iTunes charts. Not only this, but another version of the song from the band currently occupies the second spot.
However, that is nothing compared to what is going on in the UK charts.
Come out Ye Black and Tans has also reached the top of the iTunes chart in the UK. Absolutely incredible. We can imagine there are a lot of very confused British people at the moment.
Needless to say, people are finding the whole thing pretty funny.
Come Out Ye Black And Tans by The Wolfe Tones is occupying the Number 1 and Number 2 slot on Irish iTunes... and top spot in the UK. pic.twitter.com/4mgYoC3gsg
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) January 9, 2020
British radio better fucking play "come out ye black and tans" now that it's number 1
— The Blindboy Podcast (@Rubberbandits) January 9, 2020
We’ve done it. We’ve got “Come out ye Black and Tans” to number 1 in the Brit Charts. ⬆️
Number 1 in Ireland and Britain now. 🔝
The best possible response by the Irish people to Fine Gael. Until an election anyway. 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/amq8C0YVbu
— Irish Unity (@IrishUnity) January 9, 2020
And in an unexpected turn of events, Leo Varadkar has inadvertently shot Come out ye Black and Tans to number 1 in the UK.
Something good DID come out of this.
— Racket (@Miss_Racket) January 9, 2020
Prince Harry has left the Royal Family and Come Out Ye Black and Tans is #1 in the UK Charts. This was the laughter of our children Bobby Sands was talking about.
— Crippin Björk (@midniteauth0r) January 9, 2020
Come out ye black and tans number one right now and the royal family breaking up... pic.twitter.com/upbY0Z3GUU
— Micheáilín (MEE haul een)🧜✨ (@MicheailinNicT) January 9, 2020
If the song remains high in the charts, the BBC will find themselves in a bit of an awkward situation when it comes to deciding if they should play the song on-air.
It could be Alan Partridge come to life.
Holy shit, the end of the latest Alan Partridge episode is amazing! pic.twitter.com/EVN2KzSny6
— Andrew Mangan (@andrewmanganVO) March 19, 2019