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
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?