Graeme Hill and Jodie Molloy, herself a TV Producer, discuss Andrew Shaw’s Polynesian Faux Pas, and are incredulous over the TVNZ handling of the backlash.
Andrew Shaw’s joke that included a reference to large cities outside of Auckland not having a sufficient number of Polynesians living there may not be a racial crime of the century, but as an issue it is refusing to lie down.
Morgan Godfery at Maui Street writes
The shovels are out at TVNZ and they’re digging deeper and deeper. But the question is who or what do they throw in the hole? The defendant Andrew Shaw, the spokesperson Megan Richards or TVNZ’s conscience and credibility? Pacific Eye Witness reports:
A TVNZ Spokesperson says they are horrified that people have interpreted what Andrew Shaw said to be “taken to mean something that was never intended – that’s why Andrew has apologised to anyone who may have been offended either at the event or after.”
Regan Cunliffe is right: how can you be “horrified that a joke about race was interpreted as being racist”? The answer is easy, but hard to swallow. We live in an age of “racism without racists”. Read more »
TVNZ got all precious when Regan Cunliffe at Throng busted their chops over an off colour joke by Andy Shaw.
They hunkered down and excused the racist attitudes of their bosses all the while hoping that no one wold notice their hypocrisy at the way they treated Paul Henry.
They hoped it would all blow over.
Sio wrote on Facebook:
When you have as this article points out, “A senior TVNZ executive has labelled Auckland a s*#@ hole while joking about the city’s large Polynesian population” my blood boils. I find it offensive to have a Senior Executive of a taxpayer funded Television station reflect this attitude, as I suspect it reflects an institutional racism that lurks beneath the skin of this so called Senior Executive who found an audience to reveal it to. Were the audience laughing in embarrassment, or was it a pakeha dominated senior executive audience? In this day and age, to joke about Polynesian as if to promote a negative stereotypical attitude again I find it offensive as it reveals something about this kind of NZer. Read more »
Anyone remember how TVNZ dealt with this?
As Throng points out… Paul Henry wasn’t even TVNZ management like Hey Hey Andy…
Different rules eh?
Our own poll puts it at about 62% racist, 32% not racist, the rest don’t know.
This song, from Day Above Ground, called ‘Asian Girlz’, is making all the news all over the world and has more than one million views on Youtube in just 3 days.
Fairfax even had a story about it yesterday…but have now taken the story down. Why is that? Are they censoring news?
Here is a screen shot from Google of their article in the search results. Read more »