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Laura Whitmore Writes for Hot Press About The MeToo Movement

Laura Whitmore Writes for Hot Press About The MeToo Movement – and Her Own Experience of Sexual Mistreatment.

**The full, in-depth interview can be seen in the new Hot Press, in stores from Thursday, 12 April 2018.

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In a major article that runs over three pages of the magazine, the UK-based Irish broadcaster takes a stand on the issue of the abuse of women both in everyday life – and via the media. And she details her own experience of aggressive and threatening unwanted male attention. 

In the new issue of Hot Press, which hits the news stands tomorrow morning; Laura Whitmore has written an exclusive piece on the issue of the abuse of women and the importance of the MeToo movement.

 

The article is based on Laura’s own personal experiences, which she describes in powerful detail, for the first time. 

“My heart says now is the time to talk about this,” Laura tells Hot Press readers, “probably because personally I feel stronger and in a better position – and on a wider scale, the truth is that we’ve all had enough.”

The article sets out a series of deeply unpleasant and sometimes threatening experiences to which the Irish broadcaster, actor and model has been subjected during the course of her career – but also simply as a woman. It is a heart-felt and moving statement about the way in which far too many men over-step the mark, with results that are frequently ugly and offensive. 

“Last year I was in a club with my friends and I could feel a hand on the back of my leg,” she writes. “Initially I thought it was my boyfriend messing or a mate about to pinch my bottom – but the hand went under my skirt, between my legs, and firmly touched me. As I turned, I saw it was a guy who I did not know. He was laughing.”

The problem for women in general is that experiences like this are relatively commonplace. Which is why Laura insists, during the course of a finely written piece, that the routine abuse of women must stop. 

“Away from allegations of rape, and flawed judicial systems,” Laura reflects, “what has really hit me is how women are portrayed in general. All this shaming and degrading. In a sense, the ‘Me Too’ movement is just the tip of the iceberg.” 

She writes about her experiences during Strictly Come Dancing – which proved to be a desperately unhappy experience for her.

“I was thrown into the lion’s den,” she recalls, “and into the middle of someone’s break-up that had nothing to do with me. Once again, I was a ‘rumoured love interest’. 

“The media saw me as blonde bait in a sequined dress,” she adds. “How have we sunk to this situation, where women are routinely reduced, and demeaned, in this way? It is impossible to understand, when everything about it is so wrong, so misguided and so vile.”

She also describes scenes of harassment and expresses her anger at how male photographers look for so called ‘pants shots’ – at the expense of her and other women.

“I know that compared to many people I have been fortunate. I love this life and I’ve been blessed with wonderful opportunities – but I’ve had enough of being trivialised and gossiped about. Women are not playthings – either of men or of the media – and should not be treated as such.”

**The full, in-depth interview can be seen in the new Hot Press, in stores from Thursday, 12 April 2018.

The full article can be read on www.hotpress.com NOW 

The new Hot Press, available in shops or here: https://shop.hotpress.com 

Cult Called Man – Make It Easy (Official Video) – 1976

Cult Called Man have begun a three-part campaign of retro music videos by taking a step back to the 70’s for ‘Make it Easy’, the first single off their debut album Cult Fiction. The video was shot entirely on Super 8 Film in December of 2016.

In a world where the conventional wants to look like Bieber; Cult Called Man feel that the mainstream attained its perfect image with the likes of Taxi Driver in 1976.

SOCCER MOM – Sub Motion

Brass Phantoms – Waiting Up

A Hundred Years – Screefy

Neon Wolf – Empty Vessels

“Empty Vessels”. Produced by Joe Cross (Hurts, Chloe Howl, The Courteeners), “Empty Vessels” was recorded in Dublin’s Cauldron Studios (Hozier, The Coronas, Ryan Sheridan).

“Empty Vessels” is a thrilling three minutes of bouncing beats, dreamy guitars, and tropical synths. This video comes just two weeks after the band’s last release, “Be American”, and is the latest in a run of previously unreleased material that Neon Wolf will be sharing over the coming weeks. “Over the last few years we have built up a catalogue of great recordings that until this point have never been heard by the public”, says Neon Wolf frontman Rob Grace, “so we decided that we’d put them out there, so everybody can hear and enjoy the songs”.

Neon Wolf’s debut EP, Love Lost In Design topped iTunes charts in Ireland and was also released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, receiving both national and regional airplay. In 2012, the band were also awarded the RTÉ RAAP Breakthrough Bursary, having been chosen out of a list of thousands of entrants.

Since then Neon Wolf have built a staunch fan-base in both Ireland and around the world. They have entertained crowds at festivals throughout the country, such as Electric Picnic, Longitude, Sea Sessions, Other Voices, and Indiependence. They have also been invited to play support to many internationally famous bands, such as Stereophonics (Kilmainham Hospital), Feeder (The Academy), The 1975 (The Academy), Alabama Shakes (The Academy), and Hudson Taylor (Olympia Theatre).

“Empty Vessels” is available to watch and download now.

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iMS Playlist – Sunday 20th November 2016

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In studio: THE STATICS

Featured album/EP: ‘The Cadences of Others’ – We Cut Corners (deferred)

Sunday 20th November 2016

 

8pm – 9pm

  SONG TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 Alright Peter Smith Nov1 T9  
2 Landslide Nousom Knots Nov3 T6  
3 Yeah Yeah Yeah  

In Studio:

The Statics

 
4 Say – live  
5 She Calls, Rainfall  
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10 Easy Brave Giant  
11 Iona Strawboy Nov2 T7  
12 Prison Robes Carron  
13 Misunderstood D-Day  
14 Peace , Love and Rock n Roll Francie Conway  

 

9pm – 10pm

  SONG TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 Oh

‘The Cadences of Others’

We Cut Corners

Featured album

(Deferred)

 
2 Of Whatever  
3 The End Has Already Happened  
4 Shake Emma O’Reilly Nov3 T8  
5 Way You Planned It North Lotts Oct1 T6  
6 Dance Again With Me State Lights Nov3 T2  
7 What You Trying Oddsocks  
8 What Do you Want Corrina Jay Nov3 T11  
9 Alchemy Marlene Enright Nov3 T1  
10 Something Worth Saving Ping  
11 Trash Club O Emperor Nov3 T10  
12 Bear Barq Nov1 T8  
13 Get Away The Stoles Nov3 T5  
14 Bad Habit Ghost Robots

iMS Playlist Sunday 30th October 2016

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Sunday 30th October 2016

 6.30pm – 7pm

SONG TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 Peace Love & Rock n Roll Francie Conway
2 The Call All Tvvins
3 Hospital Heroes In Hiding
4 Every Time I See A River Van Morrison
5 Stages The Frank and Walters
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 7pm – 8pm

  SONG TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 A Day Without Me U2
2 To The End Track Dogs
3 Of Nothing Marc O’Reilly
4 On The Downlow Jack O’Rourke
5 Nervous Gavin James
6 Crying Shame Barry Jay Hughes
7 Time Pete Cummins/Fleadh Cowboys
8 I’ll Be Alright Malojian
9 60Thousand Years Swords
10 Cuckoo I Have a Tribe
11 Misunderstood D Day
12 Greatest Show on Earth Darwins Daughter
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 8pm – 9pm

SONG TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 The Strangler The Elusives
2 Oh We Cut Corners
3 Interview +Ambivalence Blues Steve Ryan IV + windings 21.01
4 Attitude Strength In Numbers (album)
5 Miss You In The Dark Rews
6 Spotless (The Protecting Veil) The Grey Merchant(Enda from Neon Atlas)
7 What You Trying Oddsocks
8 I’ll Be Waiting Hello Casanova
9 Do The Mess Around No Monster Club
10 Hot Tongue BP Fallon
11 True North Raglans
12 Crazy Child Friends of Emmet
13 Fake Memory Bell x1

 

9pm – 10pm

  SONG TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 I OWN YOU Featured Album

I Own You

Mick Flannery

2 HOW HIGH
3 ONE OF THE GOOD ONES
4 The Fever Changing Gears
5 The Great Wall of America The Blades
6 August 6th Pale River
7 Bottom Line Ian Whitty & The Exchange
8 The Hearts Reminder Mark Daly
9 Every Time I See a River Van Morrison
10 Sweet Thing Pixie Geldof
11 The Vatican Rag Stargazers
12 Break The Chain Anna – Liese
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REWS – Miss You In The Dark (Official Video)

Marc O’Reilly – Of Nothing

Marc O’Reilly

Releases video for new single ‘Of Nothing’ – Out Now

Taken from ‘Morality Mortality’ – the new album released October 28th 2016 on Virgin Records

Irish singer-songwriter Marc O’Reilly has released the official music video for single ‘Of Nothing’ taken from his new album ‘Morality Mortality’ released 28th Oct 2016 on Virgin Records.

Following the release of his critically acclaimed albums ‘My Friend Marx’ and ‘Human Herdings’ Marc O’Reilly has established himself as one of the most exciting artists within the folk/blues genre gaining comparisons with artists such as John Martyn and Bon Iver.

Marc has toured all over Europe including appearances at major festivals like Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Boardmasters. He also squeezed in a trip to the US to appear at the Live in the Vineyard Festival in Napa, California.