Wogistanis can stay, but Coconuts have to go

Excuse me for taking delight at NZ First tying themselves into racism knots over this one

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

New Zealand First says it will alter a sign promoting a fundraising stall after complaints its offer of a “chance to unseat a coconut” had racist undertones.

The sign has appeared at NZ First’s coconut shy at the annual Kumeu show for a number of years.

However, hard on the heels of NZ First MP Richard Prosser’s anti Muslim outburst in Investigate magazine, the sign at the coconut shy at last weekend’s show prompted a number of visitors to send photographs to the Herald.

That is the problem if you let a little bit of public opinion change your direction.  Public opinions come from a number of angles over time, so eventually you find yourself in a position where you can’t please anyone.  

Much better to have a stance and stick to it.

The appropriate response here, instead of altering the sign, would have been a big fat “Oh just get over yourselves”.

It is a sign Winston Peters isn’t running the party like he used to.  He would have told reporters to go chase an ambulance or read up on the word nitpick.

Oh!  Look who was asked to comment?

Samoan-born NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor found it funny.

“The issue is it’s making me laugh,” she said. “I like to think I have a great sense of humour … and we can’t afford to take everything too seriously in this world otherwise we’ll be running mad and we will be diagnosed as having mental problems.”

However, she said the choice of words could be improved.

So do I.

During the next election, I think I’ll run a sign in Manukau East

unseat a coconut

It pleases me to think that it will make her laugh, as she has a great sense of humour and she certainly feels she can’t take everything too seriously in this world.


Source: NZ Herald

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

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