Leo comes out – again

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - DONAL LYNCH

AND so Leo con­tin­ues to ef­fort­lessly dis­man­tle stigma and lay waste to prej­u­dice. Ire­land is now be­ing ruled by one of the first out rom-com fans in the western world. While other lead­ers grasp for the wis­dom of Shake­speare or Yeats, Down­ing Street called to Leo’s mind Love Ac­tu­ally. It was a pro­foundly mov­ing mo­ment for any­one who has ever thought about stuff­ing a low-brow ref­er­ence into a high-brow con­text (your cor­re­spon­dent once re­sponded to some­one’s rev­e­la­tion that they were a pot­ter with “oh, like in the movie Ghost!”) and may have last­ing im­pli­ca­tions for how we view other na­tions. New York might sum­mon im­ages of Sex and the City (Leo would be Char­lotte, Trump is Sa­man­tha) and for Paris, take your pick. We could go with some­thing by Woody Allen, or maybe Leo could fur­ther push the en­ve­lope by say­ing that, ac­tu­ally, Paris re­minds him of the per­fume ad with Keira Knight­ley. Just in case any­one ac­cused him of get­ting too high-brow.

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