Oliver Driver

Marriage Equality Matters

The Campaign for Marriage Equality has released this video in support of Marriage Equality.

‘Marriage Equality Matters’ features celebrities, media personalities, respected community leaders, sports people and everyday New Zealanders who all support marriage equality, and the campaign to extending equal marriage to all. Featuring:

Tamati Coffey (TV Presenter) and his partner Tim Smith
Anika Moa, Hollie Smith, Boh Runga (Musicians)
Rachel Hunter (NZ’s Got Talent Judge/Supermodel)
Brooke Howard Smith (TV Presenter) his partner Amber Peebles (Radio DJ)
Nigel Latta (Psychologist)
Danyon Loader (Olympian)
Jason Kerrison (Musician)
Jason Fa’afoi (TV Presenter) and his partner Anna and their son Charlie
Pearl McGlashan (Actress)
Ali Campbell (Musician)
Alison Mau (TV Presenter)
Orene Ai’I (Rugby Player)
Dame Cath Tizard (Former Governor General)
Mike King (Talkback host/Comedian)
Oliver Driver (Actor/Presenter)
Richie Hardcore (DJ)
Turumakina Duley (Tattoo Artist)
Amy Usherwood (Actress)
Nick Dwyer (Radio DJ)

Ladyboy ad banned in UK

Tiger beer or ladyboyThe UK Advertising Standards Authority has banned an Tiger beer ad that features a ladyboy after 8 blouses complained citing various reasons but most were because they thought the image was offensive “because the ad was offensive and disrespectful to Eastern culture because it implied beer and sex were some of the best things to come out of the region”.

Tiger Beer for their part had this humourous answer;

Tiger beer defended that the promotion “was intended to reflect Tiger Beers Far Eastern heritage and build on its position as the ‘Far Easts most desirable export since 1932′ by presenting it in the context of other recognised Far Eastern exports including ladyboys, tuk tuks, chop sticks and acupuncture, all of which were treated with the respect they deserved”.

The company described ladyboys as “a famous export of the Far East worldwide”, and insisted the image “was representative of a cabaret performer rather than a prostitute or model; throughout the campaign ladyboys had been celebrated and treated with the utmost respect”.

You’ve just got to laugh at the cheek of them by including ladyboy’s in a list of dubious exports from the Far East. They could have included ninja, sushi, sake, kung fu, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, hinduism, communism, rubber, egg foo yoong, dodgy curries and the list goes on.

Anyway the ad is banned in its current form and the wowsers win again. Still they provided much more publicity for the ad than if they had just simply shut their gobs.