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Mr Varadkar took up the challenge set my Lord of the Rings star Sean Austin and included a Mean Girls quote into his coronavirus update yesterday, drawing the wrath of many. Austin issued the challenge after Mr Varadkar used a Lord of the Rings quote – uttered by his character Samwise Gamgee – in a previous statement. Mr Varadkar has also quoted lines from Hollywood blockbuster Terminator in his coronavirus updates, leading many to claim that his actions are insensitive after so many have died after contracting the pathogen.
After Austin heard the Taoiseach quote one of his lines, the actor took to Twitter and said: “I am going to bet you 50 quid says you can’t fit Mean Girls into the next one.”
Mr Varadkar answered Sean Austin’s call by stating in his speech: “Some have asked whether there is a limit to what we can achieve.
“My answer is that the limit does not exist.”
This quote is lifted directly from a scene in Mean Girls when protagonist Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, answers a question about limits to win a maths competition for her school.
But Mr Varadkar’s latest foray into the world of Hollywood has drawn criticism, particularly on Twitter.
One Twitter commentator from Ireland wrote: “1,720 souls lost to Covid19.
“7 were health workers dying.
“Maybe 500,000 friends, family, colleagues unable to pay their respects.
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“If Boris Johnson played games like Leo Varadkar mocking those who died with quotes from Mean Girls etc. Irish media would be outraged”
Another Irish Twitter follower said: “Leo Varadkar’s speechwriter adding a Mean Girls quote into the speech is just a form of distraction and you clowns are falling for it.”
Irish journalist Brian Whelan said: “Imagine your relatives died from covid and this guy is on tv winning bets with his mates, sticking lines from movies in every speech”.
Mr Varadkar previously quoted Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings.
Addressing Ireland as the pademic hit, he said: “So, this afternoon let me end with words of hope.
“In the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass.
“A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it’ll shine out the clearer.”
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