BBC fans divided by Paul Mescal’s appearance on Graham Norton

Paul Mescal calls into Zoe Ball's radio show late

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The Irish actor was speaking to the BBC chat show host about his new film Aftersun on Friday evening. However, the 26-year-old was the only guest on the couch not wearing a poppy in honour of Remembrance Day. It wasn’t long before viewers took to social media to share their outrage.

Last Friday the Normal People star Paul Mescal starred as a guest on the Graham Norton Show to speak about his new movie with Celia Rowlson-Hall.

The Irish actor was sat on the couch alongside Black Panther stars Michaela Coel and Winston Duke, actress Emma Corrin, comedian Richard Ayoade and singer Loyle Carner.

However, as all guests wore their poppies in honour of Remembrance Day, Paul was the only guest who opted not to wear one.

It wasn’t long before viewers noticed the poppies’ absence on Paul and quickly took to Twitter to question why.

Iangra6 commented: “@TheGNShow why is Paul Mescal not wearing a poppy?”

 “@mescal_paul where’s your poppy?!” Chateaumusar59 went on to ask.

With Unity1992 added: “It’s expected that the poppy is worn on TV in the UK at this time of year. No reason not to.”

However, due to the actor’s heritage, many fans were quick to come to his defence, explaining he didn’t have to wear one because he is Irish.

Darz Muffy commented: “Why would a proud IRISH man wear a poppy??”

Pat McGarryLFC added: “He is Irish… we don’t wear them or celebrate British atrocities on our Island.”

Responding to one person’s question on why he wasn’t wearing one, olli3k said: “Maybe cause he’s Irish[sic].”

Paul isn’t the only Irish star who is known not to wear a poppy either as rugby player James McClean is notorious for refusing to wear one.


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This is due to the fact that the annual Poppy Appeal is recognised as a tribute to British soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Despite almost 50,000 Irish men dying in World War I, many Irish civilians won’t wear a poppy as they believe it to be supporting soldiers who killed civilians.

Express.co.uk has contacted both the BBC and Paul Mescal representatives for comment.

During his interview, Paul spoke about his character in Aftersun and how he based it somewhat on his own father.

He said: “I don’t have anyone else to really base a dad off other than my dad really so it’s probably in there somewhere.”

A synopsis for the film reads: “Twenty years after their last holiday at a fading vacation resort, Sophie reflects on the rare time spent with her loving and idealistic father Calum. 

“At 11 years old, as the world of adolescence creeps into Sophie’s view, Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood. 

“Sophie’s recollections become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.”

The Graham Norton show continues Tuesdays on BBC One at 12:30am.

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