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‘Delusional’: US plan for ‘Celtics’ TV show knocked back by disbelieving Scots

CELTIC gods, Roman invasion and a whole lot of confusion – a “historical” US series that promised wizard’s hats for backers has failed in its funding bid.

The writer/director behind Celtics said the independent production would “unearth the truths” hidden for 2000 years “by successive political and religious regimes and empires”, including the genocide of people in “Lower Britain” and a god-led Celtic campaign against the “mortal crime” of censorship after “book burning” by the Romans, whose 43AD invasion came long before books were commonplace.

A crowdfunding page on the kickstarter platform promised star-spangled “druid” hats for backers, amongst other rewards, and clips revealed tartan-clad actors with blue-streaked faces delivering lines in a variety of misplaced accents while depicting Ireland’s Danu, Cerridwen of Wales and others.

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As many as 20 series were planned, with filming to take place in a purpose-built replica broch and “sacred druid tree platforms”.

“Heroic Celtic Druid Gods, Myths and History – brought to life!”, the makers said. “This is a wide and expansive historical movie series. Covering a range of time from the Bronze Age through the Iron Age to the Roman Empire invasion, occupation, subjugation, and the mighty and heroic Resistance against the Empire, which we see, in the last season, finally crushing and destroying the cruel Roman Empire, victoriously.”

While the pitch failed to bring in the $100,000 sought, attracting the lesser sum of $16,320, it did succeed in raising eyebrows in Scotland and beyond for its premise and execution.

Critics who questioned the use of the term Celtics instead of Celts were “indoctrinated by the British Empire”, while scores of Scots Gaels were blocked by the makers on Twitter for questioning the project, with some accused of “globalist neo-Marxism” for supporting Scottish membership of the EU.

Supporting that political union, the makers said, meant individuals are “for the destruction of Ireland and Scotland”, while others were described as getting “very indignant” when “the truth is told to them” due to their lack of education.

Baffled Gaelic-speakers discovered they’d been blocked without even interacting with the outfit, including TV presenter Joy Dunlop, with poet Morag Anna NicNeill joking: “Gonna change my name to Che Guth Bharraigh.”

“There are millions of Scottish all over the world,” said Celtic Films, “Of the few that remain loyal to one globalist empire or another, only a thousand were upset.”

In Canada, Gaelic publisher and blogger Dr Emily McEwan called the statements “delusional”.

Thanking backers, Celtics writer/director Michael Kingsbury described the project as “a story that has to be told”, adding: “This is just the first stage of fundraising. The Celtics series will be made.”



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