Simon Bridges needs to take the gloves off

I am glad that Simon Bridges addressed Julie Anne Genter’s totally unacceptable comments but he failed to hit her hard and his response was akin to a mother telling her child that she was disappointed with his behaviour.

National is in opposition now and they need to be bare-knuckle fighting not tickling the government with feathers.

Julie Anne Genter was racist, sexist and ageist. There was an opportunity there for Simon Bridges to knock her to the mat. Instead, he downplayed her comments by calling them ‘silly virtue signalling’:


National leader Simon Bridges says it was “cheap, silly talk” for Women’s Minister Julie Anne Genter to say old white men need to “move on” from company boards to help close the gender pay gap.

[…] Bridges said: “It’s a silly statement… [what] I don’t like is the virtue signalling here. It’s pointless stuff”.

-Stuff

In Wellington, I believe that anti-white male conversations are quite normal. Women (mainly white women) think nothing of denigrating ideas and people because they are ‘male, pale and stale.’ I know someone who works in Wellington and she was oblivious to the racism and sexism coming out of her mouth during one conversation with me. She is a lovely person who would never ever consciously be racist or sexist but she works in an environment where the conversations about racism are limited to ‘diverse’ people (a code word for brown) and I suspect that comments like ‘male, pale and stale‘ are quite normal where she works.

This is why Julie Anne Genter thought nothing at all of making such racist, ageist and sexist comments. She doesn’t even recognise them as such. It is a reflection of what is happening all over the Western world where anti-white male rhetoric is constantly being pushed.

Simon Bridges should have hit her hard and called her out in very strong terms. Calling her “silly” is not an acceptable defence of old white men. If she had called for old brown men to “move on” from their jobs to make way for young white men all hell would have broken loose. Bridge’s low-key reaction shows that he either doesn’t think that it is really a big deal or that he is afraid to hit a female politician hard.

He could always present her with a Whaleoil T-shirt or mug with the slogan, It’s okay to be white in front of the cameras. Imagine the carnage and outrage that would cause. It would be epic!



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