Moral high ground on the Paul Henry debacle? Not us! We accidentally fill a whole episode with the sort of talk that everybody who is capable of thinking is thinking. Includes a contextual history lesson, thanks to Dan, which makes Paul Henry’s comments even stupider than they were before.
The use of a person’s ethnicity and/or appearance to question their worthiness to perform any given vocation is an obscene act. What happened today was that this question was leveled at the Queen’s representative in this nation on live TV with the Prime Minister present. If this behaviour is good enough in this high context then it is surely good enough for every New Zealander to question, based on appearance, the merits of any kiwi of exotic ethnicity in any job. This is racism, pure and simple. Paul Henry should be reprimanded.
That is why I wish to complain that your guest, John Key, violated BSA standards one and seven through the sin of inaction. Everybody knows that Paul Henry is a creep and talks absolute muck – Key, in his position of authority had an obligation to the community to immediately correct Henry’s bigoted statement and he failed to do so. The precedent set and the credence lent promote a divisive and prejudiced version of society whereby even the most highly esteemed amongst us can be belittled and humiliated because of the ignorance and small mindedness of a small vocal minority of our public figureheads. Calling in to question a person’s right to positions of authority based on their differences from mainstream culture/ethnicity is but shades away from questioning their right to political participation at all.
For an attention seeking blowhard like Paul Henry the hurt these comments cause are probably of no consequence to him, but for the Prime Minister to idly let it be said to his face that the Governor General is too dark to function is an act of sedition. Probably.
Seriously – the two of them participated in a discussion that denigrated the migrant community and kiwis of other heritage and that sort of stuff is just not on.
Sorry for the delay, everybody. Here’s our FORTIETH EPISODE! From Auckland’s “Party Central” (failed plans for a celebration zone on Auckland’s waterfront) to Wellington’s “Party Central” (Dan and Dave in a strip joint) to Christchurch’s “Party Central” (serious sexual assault allegations), this episode has the lot.
We use the N word in this episode, quoting You-Know-Who. Just a heads up.