Published On: Mon, Jul 8th, 2024
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American mocked for mistaking Orange Order march for ‘Irish celebration’ | World | News

An American social media content creator has been widely ridiculed after sharing a video of herself “bopping along” to an Orange Order march, thinking it was an “Irish parade”.

The video, posted under the handle @LizWizdom, showed the woman, wearing an Irish tricolour bracelet, smiling and dancing as members of the Orange Order marched past playing flutes, crashing cymbals and banging drums.

The Orange Order is a conservative, British unionist and Ulster loyalist organisation which has traditionally opposed Irish nationalism and campaigned against Scottish independence.

She captioned the video, which has been viewed more than 1.5m times: “When you’re just trying to take a shortcut on your Ireland roadtrip but end up in the middle of an Irish parade.”

The clip sparked extensive backlash, with one X user commenting: “Cannot deal with this Yank bopping along to an Orange Order march with a tricolour bracelet and calling it an ‘Irish parade'”.

Another said in the TikTok comments: “Potentially the funniest video I’ve ever seen.”

While a third chimed in: “She’s going to be horrified she reacted like this when she finds out”.

Her political faux pas prompted her to create several follow-up videos in which she apologised and appeared to be taking novel approaches to researching Irish history.

In her apology video, the embarrassed creator said: “I’m sorry, I didn’t know that this was a controversial thing. I thought I just stumbled upon a parade out in the Irish countryside – turns out major politically divisive situation going on.”

In a third clip, the creator posted a video with the caption: “Watching Derry Girls to educate myself.”

However, users were not convinced that the hit TV drama was sufficiently detailed for her to truly grasp the political landscape. One said: “Dont watch derry girls, actually look into the places your going”.

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