It won't have escaped the attention of our US readers that El Reg Stateside today features an orange masthead - part of a temporary sponsored makeover. Well, it's fair to say that the Strategy Boutique could have brainstormed that one bit more thoroughly. One reader was moved to protest: "Why are you insulting millions of Irish …
The future's bright...
Well, just use a green one on July 12th, to even things up...
no title here!
Insulted by a colour? softies.
it's not a colour!
it's an entire mobile phone network
If you get offended by colours, please seek help.
get over it!
simple mistake, no need to eject from pram
There's none as Irish...
...as an American
So change Soretel to Green
Shoretel will understand, won't they?
Well its only fair
You are,after all, insulting millions of non-catholics by putting a shamrock at the top o'the page.
... that St. Patrick's day, to the Irish Catholics at least, required websites to run green decor.
Are the colorblind Irish Catholics upset, too?
I think it's more...
...about the masthead being orange specifically, on a day associated with Ireland. You may have heard of some political issues with Northern Ireland? Orangemen? Yeah, there you go...
A bit of an overreaction regardless, given that it's obviously a sponsorship thing, but it's not quite as bad as if they were merely complaining about the lack of green.
Now you do
Not so much should be green, more shouldn't be orange.
Orange is the other lot up north, and would make you about as popular as a hooded Klans man on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Read the Irish Constitution
Try article 7:
The national flag is the tricolour of green, white and orange.
That's green for catholics, orange for protestants and white for peace between them.
Contrary to popular beleif ..
They happen to be EXTREMELY POPULAR with the crowds in the South Eastern USA
Everyone wants to have a peice of them and bash them .. so do like the rest of us ..
take your place in the waiting line ; )
I do believe this says more about the people complaining than it does about you El Reg.
Nice. Especially considering St Patrick's day in America is about as Irish as popcorn.
Irish as popcorn?
Americans, on St. Patrick's day, drink till we fall over. What more do you want??
St. Pats in USA
St. Pats in America -- wasn't that last Saturday?
There are few things as irritating as Americans banging on about how "Irish" they are when they have never been there, and couldn't find the place on a feckin' map.
wait... there's a US site?
There was a .com mirror. Whenever I try it now, I'm redirected to .co.uk
what happened to the US mirror?
As an Catholic Oirish person , can I say that If the banner had had a couple of Union Flags on, it flanked by a pair of hooded gits with AK47's and a big message saying 'Prods rule, feck the Taigs' on it then yes, definitely grounds for complaining.
Otherwise no, stop whining and neck some green stuff.
"wait, there's a US Site?"
Yes, it's a dumbed down version of the UK one!
well, that's just great...
"If the banner had had a couple of Union Flags on, it flanked by a pair of hooded gits with AK47's and a big message saying 'Prods rule, feck the Taigs' on it then yes, definitely grounds for complaining."
...now everyone else in this presentation is staring at me wondering why I am giggling like a fool.
Same TLD, different Data center. From what I can tell El Reg has two DCs, one in San Fransisco and one in the UK, a simple trick with DNS.
Looking for the worst in people
"Why are you insulting millions of Irish Catholics on St. Patrick's Day?"
And it's depsite that attitude that the peace process in Northern Ireland rolls on.
Though surely Irish readers of El Reg get the UK version? How many millions of Irish are working in the US these days. Or do they mean catholics of Irish descent?
"Thanks for going 'Orange' on St. Patrick's Day. If you thought this was funny, you are wrong. Now I know you aren't the kind of people I want to do business with."
What a dick.
His imaginary friend...
...is clearly not orange.
The dickage quotient is awesome.
But why is El Reg taking any notice of such dickage? Why would anyone?
"Why would anyone take notice of such dickage?"
Feck, I'm even wondering why I'm reading these comments.
... trying to hold back the rest of the world since 6000 B.C.
Seriously, don't these morons have anything better to do, like setting aside their issues with the other party over there about how to interpret one book, before they start being all moralistic against El Reg?
I'd reserve judgement until you get complaints from actual Irish.
Or perhaps we should complain that the normal El Reg masthead is red, the colour of the Republican party in the USA, and therefore an insult to the democratic movement worldwide?
If you're born in America
that makes you American, not Irish.
i'm an Everton fan and i'm absolutely sickened by the Register's use of the colour red (the colour of our rivals Liverpool) on Everton match days. I can't believe you are so brazenly insulting thousands and thousands of Everton fans like this. You foul, disgusting, heartless scum are clearly not the kind of people I want to do business with.
That's OK, the BBC are doing it right now, too.
Opps? Take away his Guinness and make him drink Miller Lite... That should teach him.
At least the Miller has a bit of flavour though.
RE: Tough choice
"At least the Miller has a bit of flavour though."
Yeah, tastes like horse piss
What does south african beer have to do with this?
Conspiracy or cock-up?
As Paris would say, 'What's a conspiracy?'.
Hey Reg, your red theme is the same primary colour as the Roman Empire flag!
I think its an insult to all us Britons after the defeat of Boudica's army by the Roman Empire!
Not only that, but here in the land of hope and glory, the Reg colours of Red, White and Black are the flag colours of the Nazis!
Shame on you all at The Reg. How dare you insult all us Britons!. You should all be made to sing land of hope and glory every morning for your crimes against so many of us!
... or maybe ... just maybe ... its simply a colour and people should get over the past rivalries. (I don't mean forget the past as there are very important lessons to be learned from the past, but learning which colours to label as the enemy is focusing totally on the wrong lessons of history!).
Actually I'm not sure there's any firm evidence for the Romans having a 'state' colour. They used red a lot in the military, I seem to think; although I'm not sure what the source for that is. And I know that purple was quite important - being such an expensive colour it tended to get used a lot by those seeking to 'keep up appearances'; senators, consuls and the like. And rich merchants to show they were doing well. In the badly named imperial period, it was the colour of the 'emperor', and since he represented the state I suppose we could say purple is the 'Roman colour'...
(It's interesting you mention the Nazis in the same post, though: it's a point of annoyance for me - note 'annoyance' rather than 'deep melodramatic offence' - that we continue to allow the Nazis a small victory in that they still retain claim over certain imagery that rightly belongs to others, such as the swastika and all the symbolism they stole from Rome. I'd like to see them deprived even of that little win, and all these symbols reclaimed for proper, legitimate use.)
But getting to the actual point: you're absolutely right in saying people should get over it. If people wouldn't get so ridiculously hung up over such trivia, then the various 'peace processes' of the world might have a slim chance of success. But if you've got a bunch of remote Americans getting hot under the collar because of something as nonsensically nothingy as this, then the ill-feeling is going to be kept alive far beyond its time - even if those keeping it alive don't really understand what it's all about, but just know that "it's what we've always done" (and gods, how many times have we seen that as the sole driver of continuing conflict?).
Perhaps one day we - the so-called 'developed world' - will learn to cope with the *extreme stress* of there being other people in the world with opinions and preferences that might differ from our own. Maybe then we'll all calm down a little and actually become civilised.
What about the Soviet Bloc?
Cos, like, we won the Cold War yet still the commie banner of flug flutters proudly from your past.
You are disrespecting all the millions of people who didn't die fighting.
I meant "blood", obviously.
I'm Irish, born and bred in Dublin.
And I'm not insulted. Guess I'm just the bigger person then those whining maggots.
I suspect that the difference is..
..that you're actually Irish, and not some insecure, bullying American.
Missed a trick...
...you could have made out its a Dutch public day of celebration for the Dutch Royal Family!
So how come no St.Paddys day UK re-bannering? I suppose you don't get any emerald isle people in the UK do you? I am, in fact, one!
Nope that's April 30
Queen's day is the height of oranginess in Holland --- the last queen's birthday.
apologies all round
whatever. we also apologise to the black population for the usage of black type and we apologise to the white supremacists for the use of the white background, anyone else?
grow a pair, El Reg.
If they're mad now...
Just wait until they see the last third of the Irish national flag.
Icon toss-up between the troll (or is it a leprechaun?) and Paris over which was more orange.
I bet all the complaints came from the US. As a *real* Irish Catholic may I tell the Reg that I don't care at all.
They are Catholics
So forgive the reg, don't wine about it.
Better send a Wahmbulance
I plan on crying in my green beer over it.