Dara Ó Briain draws stark contrast between own experience of using fake bank note and George Floyd's
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Dara Ó Briain draws stark contrast between own experience of using fake bank note and George Floyd's

IRISH COMEDIAN Dara Ó Briain has provided the perfect example of how privilege works by comparing his own experience of using a counterfeit note with that of George Floyd. 

Mr. Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, was arrested in Minneapolis last week, after being accused of using a counterfeit bill at a local supermarket. 

During the arrest, a police officer knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for a total of nine minutes, during which time he lost consciousness. 

He was taken to a hospital but died within an hour of the incident, which was caught on camera. 

Mr. Floyd’s death has sparked widespread protests across more than 30 cities across the US. 

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In Dublin, demonstrators marched on the capitals US Embassy in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests. 

Eager to highlight the privilege he enjoys compared to the late Mr. Floyd, Ó Briain shared an anecdote on social media that summed up the key differences. 

“Just found out that George Floyd was originally stopped by the police because he handed over a counterfeit note in a shop,” the Mock the Week host tweeted. 

“I did that once! They handed me back the note as a souvenir, and later I told the story on stage in a comedy routine. That’s some privilege right there.” 

The message subsequently went viral, sparking a raft of similar responses from others eager to shine a light on the disparity.  

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The pick of the bunch came from Sorcha McNally, a Clinical research coordinator from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, who shared a similar story. 

“As a junior nurse back in the early 90s we found a bunch of dodgey 10rs under a mattress in our London flat we spent them up and down the Tottenham high road until we got caught in Irish pub and got a right bollocking,” she wrote. 

“Still #whiteprivilege tho #BlackLivesMatter" 

According to Ó Briain the story featured in a series of preview shows he performed in 2017 before being shunted off his set for other, better, material. 

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The Irish comedian says it happened at a shop in Paris back in March 2016, adding “it happened to lots of people, judging by my replies.”