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Can't we give him to Australia like Russell Crowe? - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 7th, 2010

09:16 am - Can't we give him to Australia like Russell Crowe?

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I'm sure most Kiwis have heard the latest in the Paul Henry Is A Cock saga, and are probably heartily sick of it by now. For those of you not in NZ but following along at home, more of his racist bullshit has been uncovered. WARNING: this article links to a video, the video is pretty awful and I don't really think it should be acknowledged by watching it but I couldn't find any good articles that don't have the video attached.

So what does the video contain? It's Paul Henry, having a giggling fit over the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit's, name. The name is pronounced Dixit. Henry, despite being told this, continues to mispronounce it, while laughing uproariously and saying things like "It's because she's Indian, don't you see?"


The man he's interviewing in the video repeatedly corrects him, getting more visibly angry. His co-host at one point tells him to stop and also corrects him but it's obvious that neither of these people have the power to shut him up. And none of the crew filming it, the director of the show, or anyone actually shuts him down.

The video was displayed on the TVNZ website until yesterday, when Stuff ran an article about it and it was immediately taken down. However, it's now gone viral and can be seen pretty much anywhere.

Other information that has come to light - it seems Henry gets paid around $4000 a week of taxpayer money to spout this crap, since TVNZ is the state-owned television station. Now, I don't like using the MAH TAX DOLLAHS argument, but if there's any time it should be used, it's now. That means that I pay 1/10 of a cent a day for this, and that is more than he's worth IMO.

So, my questions: Why has this person been allowed to get away with this for so long? Why did the people involved in the filming of this video not stop him? Why did TVNZ display this video on their website? Why does Henry still have a job? Why has our government not come and laid the smackdown on Henry and on TVNZ for this? He is an embarrassment to our country and he should not be paid by the state to spread his bigotry through a national platform.

Now, most of you are aware that there's been an ongoing Kiwi/American race discussion argument in certain circles lately. I still hold that people in the US have no clue about the way race issues work here and they should shut the fuck up when Kiwis talk about it. The places are very different and ignoring statements from people who live here in favour of imposing your own view amounts to sticking your head up your own arse. *cough* However, something about this Paul Henry business reminded me of something the US has all over New Zealand in terms of dealing with racist statements made on TV - the willingess to stand up and go "Oi, that is wrong, STFU!" instead of being too damn chickenshit polite/reserved/afraid to rock the boat to actually stand up for what you believe in. Observe Star Jones showing us how it's done:



Yep, that video's long, but 8 minutes of your life is worth it to learn something about how Paul Henry should have been dealt with a long time ago.


Anyway, if you think that what's being done isn't enough, have some links:

Petition to sack Paul Henry. Last I checked it was up to 379 out of 500 required signatures. It would be cool to see it go over 1,000. You can sign this petition even if you don't live in NZ.

TVNZ formal complaints page. They deserve an arse-kicking for enabling this behaviour and glorifying it.

John Key needs to know how disgusted New Zealanders are with his spineless lack of action on this.

OK, done with that now.

Last night we watched Boy. Yes, it was funny, but it was funny in that very Kiwi way that tears your heart open at the same time. I had a hard time with some of it because some of the scenes cut really close to where I've come from, and I recognised some people I know in the movie (not actually know, in the archetypes). I'm hesitating to say too much here because I know lots of people won't have seen it yet and I dont' want to do spoilers. Overall, I'd recommend it as a movie, although I'm not sure if it would have appeal outside New Zealand. The scene as the credits roll is pretty awesome too.

And I added about half the tassels to the memorial blanket. It'll be finished pretty soon. Then what?

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From:pythia
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Have you seen 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous? That was a pretty interesting Kiwi film, and it had a similar effect on me.

In other news, I fucked up my FIRST post on sfd_anon and forgot to make it anon. *sigh* Melfail. I hope it doesn't come back to bite me in the arse.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I haven't posted there at all, even though I've been reading it since I was linked to the bit where someone had copy-pasted bits of my blog there.

It amazes me the things people are willing to say when they think they won't be recognised.
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From:pythia
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Hah, I know. Luckily I didn't (and wasn't intendending to) say anything I wasn't happy to own. I was just going to post anon because I didn't want shit coming back to my LJ and because I thought people were likely to be less receptive if they knew I was a fairly large part of the original discussion, haha.

And then I figured there wasn't much point going anon now, so I figured I'll just keep posting under my name.

...unless I want to say something cray-cray.

I love that apparently white people deserve no voice, too. *le sigh*
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I just looked up the trailer to that movie. I think I'd probably enjoy that (I'm a sucker for drama). ;-)
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From:pythia
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
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It's hilarious and utterly heartbreaking at the same time.
I suspect anyone not from NZ would go "...wtf?"
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From:bekitty
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Okay, something puzzles me about that video. They're talking about a case where a woman from the US crossed the border into Mexico in order to "have sex with" (i.e. molest) a 13-year-old Mexican boy. Who presumably didn't leave Mexico while all this was happening.

And yet the kid's lawyer calls him "undocumented", and he's referred to as an "illegal immigrant"? WHEN HE'S STAYING IN HIS OWN COUNTRY.

That's what you call institutional racism, right there. Because apparently, Mexicans are illegal, and the word "illegal" means "inhabitant of the United States of Mexico".
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From:pythia
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That is apalling. Like...wow.

*Mutters* more us centrism *mutters*
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I don't really know the ins and outs of the case, but from here, it seems that the teacher had an affair with the boy while he was living in the US without documents, then later took him to Mexico. Apparently the documentation was relevant because without it they could not establish his true age (yet it was agreed by all that he was 12-13 so I would question that relevance).

More here.

But yeah, his status as an immigrant should be completely irrelevant to a case where someone that far under the age of consent is in a sexual relationship with someone twelve years older than them.

Edited at 2010-10-06 09:29 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Apparently the age of consent in Mexico is much more complex than the one in the USA.

However, the case is, I believe, about the events that happened within the US, and since it's a matter of law, in that case it does seem pretty black and white.

Whether you agree with the law is, of course, a different discussion.
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From:megapope
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I think I'm exactly puerile enough to giggle upon reading the name 'Dikshit' for the first time but it's not THAT funny. Plus this is why I'm not on national television. Fuck everything about him, from his stirring up of the racist undercurrent that exists in this country to his massively half hearted, equally offensive apology.
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From:megapope
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
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...also deliberately mispronouncing that name during a FUCKING INTERVIEW is beyond the pale. I'd ask how this goon manages to keep his job, but TVNZ is ran by white men just like him.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I read an article in an Indian newspaper this morning where it was acknowledged that for native English speakers, pronouncing the name wrong is forgiveable - once. He just kept on doing it, over and over, for shits and giggles.

And I go O.o

I did ask how he keeps his job, in the emails I sent to TVNZ and to John Key.
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From:megapope
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Key emailed, petition signed and TVNZ contacted.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 7th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
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I already emailed TVNZ over his "Gypo" comment. *sigh* GTFO PAUL HENRY. There's an editorial in the Press today about ~free speech!~ too.
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From:morbid_curious
Date:October 9th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
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That's the bit that offended me the most, I think. Not because I'm part Romnichal in heritage, but because he was hiding behind the "Gypo" identity like it made his slurs alright somehow.
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From:poor_toms_acold
Date:October 7th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
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I've been thinking about this for a while - it IS a funny name to native English speakers, that
s obvious to everyone, because the two syllables of her name look like English swear words. There's only a certain number of syllables in the world. People called 'Cox' have the same problem. But:

a) Deliberately mispronouncing her name is offensive
b) being an adult means acknowledging when something is funny but knowing when it is and is not ok to call attention to it (if they can go through life with that name then the least I can do is respect them by not laughing at them)
c) I'm not even touching the 'it's funny because she's Indian' thing.

I'm with Dan, though - I have a nervous laugh anyway, so I'll certainly never be a news anchor. I'd probably laugh during a story on child abuse or something.
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From:opheliastorn
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Emailed Key. Signed petition et al. Agree about Boy, and wonder if it's a particularly 'new' element of NZ comedy, this heart-rending, because I don't recall it in what I've seen of the Topp Twins, Fred Dagg, and so on?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Billy T James, either.

New Zealand has a long tradition of making really dark drama movies - see Vigil, Sleeping Dogs, Smash Palace, Utu, Snakeskin, Quiet Earth, Bad Blood.. at the same time that the folks you mention were in their heyday.

Then movies like Came A Hot Friday came out, and it was like we realised we could do comedy as well.

The first movie I remember seeing that was really funny but also really dark was Scarfies - and that type of movie seems to work for Kiwi audiences - maybe the addition of humour to an otherwise really serious movie is representative of something in our culture? Even Once Were Warriors had some really funny bits in it.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 6th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
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In the context of other significant conversations of late, Billy T used to particularly enjoy sending up the popular stereotypes of his own race.

I wonder how he would have gone down with our USian brethren??
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 6th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Badly?
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From:fallaras
Date:October 7th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)

Himmm... John's Email seams to be down...

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Himmm... John's Email seams to be down...
every time I try and post to him I get a page error...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 7th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)

Re: Himmm... John's Email seams to be down...

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Maybe he's had a few too many emails today...
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 7th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
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Scarfies is hilarious. XD
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From:helianthas
Date:October 7th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
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I can't see the star jones video, could you post the linK?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 7th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
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Here you go.

;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 7th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
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Last count, the petition had reached 475.
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