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Thursday 17 August 2017

'I can't get a job with my Finglas accent' - Connected's Elayne Harrington aka Temper-Mental MissElayneous

Temper-Mental MissElayneous
Temper-Mental MissElayneous
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RTE's Connected star Elayne Harrington said she has to change how she speaks because she's not taken seriously with a Finglas accent.

The rapper, who styles herself Temper-Mental MissElayneous, is one of the stars of RTE2's new reality show.

And she said that she alters her accent in order to get work.

"This guy was asking why my accent changes from D4 to D8 and the truth is I'm from D11," Elayne told the Herald.

"I live in D8 but I haven't shed my roots but the reason why my accent changes is because you can't get a job if you sound like you're from Finglas."

The 26-year-old is known for her activism and was one of 20 arrested following protests during the Queen's visit in 2012.

Elayne was charged with threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to comply with gardai in April 2012, but the case was struck out that June.

"I'm still an activist. Activism happens all the time - it's me being a feminine rapper and poet and getting to hear the work of young people and fans and give them feedback," Elayne said. "That's activism to me."

"I'm not anti-advocacy but the only activist body I've ever been involved in was the National Animal Rights Association, which is an autonomous organisation with no leaders."

One of her Connected co-stars Kate McGrew sparked debate recently after revealing on the show that she works as a prostitute. But Elayne feels that Kate shouldn't be judged.

"Kate got lashed out of in the media," Elayne said. "It's her life, her body, her decision.

"I don't think that she's in any way unintelligent and your lifestyle shouldn't determine what people think about your intelligence."

The Dubliner said that the pair are such good friends that they are set to gig together at the end of October at the Bellobar in The Lower Deck pub in Portobello.

And she said she is proud that the series has stirred up debate about women's roles.

"It's all about women and how we function in society," Elayne said. "It's all about showing matriarchy as a way of living and smashing stereotypes."

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