IRELAND TOOK away the award for Best Comedy at the National Television Awards yesterday evening, but not everyone is celebrating.
Mrs Brown's Boys, which is incredibly popular despite everyone claiming not to like it, yesterday beat out other comedies such as Derry Girls, Sex Education, Fleabag and Ricky Gervais' After Life to win the award for Best Comedy.
While it's always great to see Ireland win, many on social media were left puzzled at best as to how the show, which stars Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown, won against the others which all have a massive and vocal fanbase.
"Is this a joke?" one person tweeted after the winner was announced.
Another referenced the fact that the winners of the NTA's are chosen by a public vote, saying "Only a nation that voted for Brexit could vote for Mrs Browns Boys over Fleabag, After Life and Derry Girls".
Mrs Browns Boys wins at the #NationalTelevisionAwards, the Tories have released a Got Brexit Done tea towel and so this must be the point at which human civilisation will end
— end of daves ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) January 28, 2020
And one person joked that the Irish sitcom winning over Fleabag and Derry Girls was "the final nail in the coffin of democracy".
Of course, someone was voting for it, and the Mrs Brown Boys Brigade were also out in force on Twitter supporting their favourite show-- and taking a dig at the "young ones moaning".
"All y'all young ones moaning about #MrsBrownsBoys winning need to learn what proper old school comedy is", one woman said. "And YES I voted for it, LOVE Mrs Brown".
— ♥HausOfJen♥ (@miss_gaga03) January 29, 2020
But the Derry Girls cast were perfectly lovely about it all, with creator Lisa McGee tweeting her congratulations to the cast and crew of Mrs Brown's Boys and saying "Always lovely to see a load of Irish heads picking up a trophy".
And the ever-hilarious Siobhán McSweeney simply said...
Who needs an award anyway. pic.twitter.com/beZaBu9Cfc
— Siobhán McSweeney (@siobhni) January 29, 2020
Congratulations to all the lovely Irish heads!