Irish state broadcaster RTÉ confirmed that they have received more than 2,000 complaints about Keith Andrews’ hair. The former Republic of Ireland international has been providing World Cup analysis, but his hairstyle has generated concern among the public.
“We take this matter very seriously,” Director General of RTÉ Dee Forbes told Soccer on Sunday. “I’ve spoken to Keith and he doesn’t mean any offence by his hair, but we can’t ignore the alarm it is causing among the public. We’ve had reports of seizures when viewers stare into the curls, and a man in Tipperary says Keith’s hair told him to set fire to his cat.”
“Also, any TV made before 2008 will not be capable of showing Keith’s hair,” added Forbes. “The technology to render that much blackness was only developed in the last decade. We’re hearing of some older models bursting into flames, so we urge the public, please be careful when attempting to view Keith’s hair. Safety first.”
Andrews’ hair has apologised for the controversy.
“I’m sorry for any harm I’ve caused,” the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder’s hair told Soccer on Sunday. “I wanted to be a jet-black, curly symbol of hope for the world, but I can see now that people are afraid. Most of all, I’d like to apologise to Keith. He doesn’t deserve any of this. He’s a good lad who deserves hair that isn’t frightening or disturbing. I promise that I will find a way to make this right.”