Proving once again that he loves diversity unless it involves the Irish, our esteemed mayor has banned the Purple Shamrock from using AN EMPTY CASKET in a traditional “Irish Wake” this Saturday as the Faneuil Hall bucket of blood closes its doors for the last time. That’s right, you can only trot out a casket in Boston if there’s a dead fucking body in it, dominant culture be damned!
What a fucking joke and slap in the face to a beloved ethnic tradition in a city steeped in more Hibernian history than any other on the continent. You think he’d try to ban ghosts at a North End feast? Or death-conjuring images at an AIDS walk in Bay Village? Or boa constrictors and Skull Island get-ups at the South End Voodoo-Fest? Get the fuck outta here.
This is straight up bigotry, plain and simple. Puritanism at its finest. Can’t have the children see an empty pine box carried by a pack of Jameson-swilling turkeys looking to get their final puke on at Union Street now, can we? Nope, gotta undo hundreds of years of tradition so that Boston only rolls full caskets.
I guess it could always be worse. It could be Cambridge.