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​Guy On 'First Dates' Talks Genocide And It Doesn't Go Down Well

​Guy On 'First Dates' Talks Genocide And It Doesn't Go Down Well

In an episode of the Irish version of popular dating show First Dates, one guy thought he'd throw out a fairly unconventional conversation topic to break the ice: genocide.

While most of us tend to go for light-hearted chat about favourite movies, what we do for a living or how many siblings we've got, 30-year-old John decided to go a little more, er, left-field.

John, who hails from Limerick, had been paired up for a date with 23-year-old Clonagh - who he tried to woo with a conversation about Cambodian genocide.

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Speaking about his recent travels to Cambodia, John said: "I went to this thing called the Killing Fields. It's basically these fields where they killed a load of people that were educated and it was just horrible."

Clonagh's grimaces showed she was far from impressed about the turn their date was taking, listening to the gory details about the so-called 'Killing Fields', where millions of people were murdered at the command of the government and its leader, Pol Pot, between 1975 and 1979.

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Credit: RTE2

And somehow, he managed to make it weirder.

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He continued: "And there was a tree - I'll never forget it as long as I live - there was a tree called 'The Baby Tree'.

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"So let's say if you were a child that's a month old... This is actually a horrible story to tell.

"When they brought you in this truck to these Killing Fields, they'd bring your family and if there was a kid there, they wouldn't be able to afford guns so they just beat the child [against] the tree and killed them, so it was horrible."

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Reflecting afterwards on the weird direction his date went in, John said: "I knew as I was talking I was bringing down the date. I was like, 'John, shut up'.

"Even in my head I was thinking at the time, 'John, do not talk about this!'."

But he did and, needless to say, Clonagh looked a little baffled by the whole thing - pulling every facial expression from shock to sheer disgust.

Mind you, fair play to him for steering clear of the tired, cliched date topics that we've all fallen victim to. It's pretty refreshing to see someone not afraid of talking about something a bit grittier and more real. Well, kind of.

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Maybe just save that one for dates two or three next time, pal.

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Topics: Ireland, Cambodia, History, first dates

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