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Actress tells man who attacked Welsh language as ‘moribund’ to ‘just shut up’

19 Mar 2022 2 minute read
Jonathan Meades. Laurence Sterne Trust staff (CC 4.0). Sian Reese-William in Hidden (Craith), picture by S4C.

A Welsh-speaking actress has told a man who described the language as “moribund” to “just shut up basically”.

Sian Reese-Williams, who plays the starring role in international Welsh-English hit, Hidden (Craith), was reacting to comments that writer Jonathan Meades had made in The Critic magazine.

In an article littered with derogatory comments about the language, Meades branded it “moribund”.

He also claimed that it is a “tool not only of communication but of identity and exclusivity, thus of self-harm and curtailment”.

Asked what she thought about his comments by The Telegraph, Sian Reese-Williams said: “Why does it matter to you? Just go and live your life, relax, and stop it. Just shut up basically.

“It’s completely without any basis whatsoever – we’ve got a thriving Welsh-language TV drama industry here. And being bilingual is pretty cool.”

Sian Reese-Williams added that following the success of other non-English language shows on Netflix, she hoped that more Welsh language shows could appear in the future.

“Hopefully the purely English versions will be done away with in time. It was a really necessary thing, in terms of financing and distribution,” she said. “But Scandi noir has opened the door to subtitled dramas.

“It would be wonderful now to have just bilingual or Welsh versions which are shown round the world. Ten years ago it wouldn’t have happened, but look at it now – we’ve got Squid Game.

“And Netflix is making something in the Navajo language. So there’s an appetite now for things outside of the five main languages that you’d usually see in TV and film. And why can’t Welsh be part of that?”


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Stub
8 months ago

I’ve lived in England. Your average well educated English person knows more about China or Spain than they fo about Wales. When are we going to wake up and realuse that England, and especially Westminster just don’t give a toss about Wales.

M.R.
M.R.
8 months ago
Reply to  Stub

They don’t, you are right, all they do is attack Wales, we suffer racism, and even the so called Welsh Tories attack us. Must be fear, or why else would you attack another nation constantly?

George Bodley
George Bodley
8 months ago
Reply to  M.R.

Our wealth of history and their ignorance typical of little englanders

Gareth
Gareth
8 months ago
Reply to  M.R.

They have a deep psychological hate and loathing of the fact we were here first , and it is our culture that built Stonehenge and spoke the language that is now Cymraeg. It is easier to deny this than admit their past.

Rhys Griffith
Rhys Griffith
8 months ago
Reply to  Stub

That’s not my experience of living in England a lot of people I know in England are of Welsh heritage and are supporters of Welsh Rugby. The link between the Welsh migration to England is obvious in the thousands of houses possibly tens of thousands named after English cities. I mean is there a village on Wales without house called Manchester House and was Lerpwl not the greatest Welsh speaking city at one time.

Jones
Jones
8 months ago
Reply to  Rhys Griffith

Rhiw

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
8 months ago
Reply to  Stub

I live in London and totally agree with you

Dafydd Huw
Dafydd Huw
8 months ago

Llongyfarchiadau Siân, sylwadau arbennig o dda, yn enwedig parthed gwneud dramâu yn uniaith Gymraeg.

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

We need more of this, “faces” who will call out the ignorance of the abusive english talking heads and media. If they were talking about Jews, Indians or (at the moment) Ukrainians they would be castigated on the spot.

Richard 1
Richard 1
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark

if not castrated

Grayham Jones
8 months ago

Welsh is the first language in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s it’s time for a new wales o

Richard 1
Richard 1
8 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

parties Grayham. How many times? THE PLURAL IS PARTIES

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
8 months ago

As said many times before. Xenophobia and hatred towards the Welsh language & Wales is the last accepted prejudice.

George Bodley
George Bodley
8 months ago

Keep the little Englander the other side of Offa’s dyke

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
8 months ago

Sian Reese-Williams said: “Why does it matter to you? Just go and live your life, relax, and stop it. Just shut up basically.” Excellent, very well said

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
8 months ago

Well done Sian for promoting the Welsh language worldwide.

Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards
8 months ago

You all need to grow up, much more important things out there than this.

Derek Jones
Derek Jones
8 months ago

Cytuno. Cau dy geg Mr Meades. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
8 months ago

Lot of respect, my a**e!

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