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 »
Here’s the look of contrition for you
Oh… I guess not. 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.
Throng have just published the audio to the story we ran earlier.
Regan Cunliffe at Throng was explicitly not invited to the TVNZ do, but he turned up to report on the event anyway.
Just as well, how else would we have known this is how Andrew Shaw operates as TVNZ’s General Manager Acquisitions, Production and Commissioning? (Program buyer)
Delegates from Fox were in attendance at TVNZ’s new season launch last night as the state broadcaster attempts to woo them into an output deal and were treated to some good ol’ fashioned racism by TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions, Andrew Shaw. Read more »
I’m not sure what to make of this. TVNZ have made a 1 minute 47 second ‘reel’ of “Brown Moments” and called it “Len Brown the ‘cream whippin’ king”…
I can’t embed it, but have a look here.
The man always was totally cringeworthy
Interesting to see TVNZ put together a hit piece though.
Protesters gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Auckland home this afternoon to rally against the GCSB bill and snapper quotas.
Around 20 protesters rallied outside John Key’s Parnell residence, waving a giant paper mache fish made in the Prime Minister’s likeness.
One protester tried to throw a box of rotten snapper at Mr Key’s house, but was intercepted by police.
Via TVNZ, who also have a short video of the protest and then a very unbalanced voxpop segment at the end. The media really, really are after Key on this. Even TVNZ has now closed ranks behind John Campbell. It appears that journalistic blood is thicker than commercial loyalties.
Surely to Allah, PBUH, Radio New Zealand or TVNZ can do better than Channel 4 in the UK for fawning, toadying and appeasement to a minority group?
If they can do things for Matariki why not for Ramadan?
A mainstream British TV channel says it will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer throughout the fasting month of Ramadan.
From July 9, Channel 4 will cut into its schedule to show the three-minute call to prayer, or adhan, live. Read more »