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  • Stephen Judd,

    All racists are bad people;
    All people who think or say racist things are racists;
    I am not a bad person;
    Therefore, nothing I think or say is racist.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2948 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    And the "PC brigade". I like to say "we're a regiment, actually."

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 765 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Why is it 99% of the time “PC gone mad”??

    Have you tried quitting and restarting?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7358 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Where did that guy GO?

    A basketball scholarship, I presume. As you say, never heard from again except, perhaps, as the partial inspiration for this guy.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    T-shirts should also be available in lowcut options, because some New Zealanders like their boobs. And in long sleeves, and short sleeves, and no sleeves. But not in "wifebeater" fashion.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    What I love are the people saying 'but he wasn't being racist, it was just some off-the-cuff remarks'. Yeah. Remarks which were, uh, totally fucking racist.

    The crazy thing is, it wasn't just that morning, it was a string of remarks on different days.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18837 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    The thing that makes Paul Henry upset me more than many of the other arseholes out there is how very often he makes it personal - it's not Asians or mustachioed women in general he is poking fun at (which is quite abhorrent enough), he is singling out individuals to make cruel and personal remarks about which makes him a bully.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 705 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    he is singling out individuals to make cruel and personal remarks about which makes him a bully

    And even worse: "About". Not "to".

    None of his Breakfast targets were there to respond.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 765 posts Report Reply

  • Charles Mabbett,

    i think Paul should come to the Diwali Festivals later this month. He'd be the centre of attraction.

    Since Nov 2006 • 236 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    i think Paul should come to the Diwali Festivals later this month. He'd be the centre of attraction.

    Sadly, I fear this would still be giving him what he wants.

    (In a deeply twisted way, but then...)

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Parker,

    After his diatribe about the NZEI's silent treatment of Tolley and primary teachers response to National Standards last week sometime I quite like the idea of PH touring schools. It would give him an insight into the reality of things as opposed the slavish following of the Tolley line on National Standards.

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    What, do you have to be actually burning a cross on a guy's lawn before someone calls something racist in this country?

    A comment I saw yesterday was to the effect of, it MIGHT have been racist if he'd like, called him [a racist name].

    (Interestingly the middle of the word in question was asterisk'd out, I don't know if that was TV3's site filters or the commenter not wanting to be racist.)

    In retrospect a few people may have been like that. I'm putting that down to what I think they call concrete thinking.

    I think on the Herald polls about 35% though his GG comments weren't racist and 35% though the punishment was too harsh. Since that's % of Herald poll voters, I choose to be pleased with that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1095 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I think a lot of PH's comments and the support for him is based on fear that the world is changing and they don't know how to cope. I see parallels with those who want to keep sheltered workshops, and it fits in with PH's earlier comments about Susan Boyle. They don't want to be forced to admit that other groups of people, apart from themselves, are fully human, and have equal rights to participate in the world.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2076 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Gracewood,

    And as I type, I hope someone somewhere is, as @johubris suggested on twitter, making T-shirts that say, "This Is What a New Zealander Looks Like." In several colours, and all sizes: XL, large, medium, and small.

    I'll take an XL thanks. And one for Mr 6 (who wears a size 8). He gave me props for standing up to a bully.

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    And one for Mr 6 (who wears a size 8). He gave me props for standing up to a bully.

    And that, my friend, is why you rule. Because the kid sees his dad as someone to emulate. And that's a great thing.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Ben's a hero

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2076 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I think Paul should come to the Diwali Festivals later this month. He'd be the centre of attraction.

    at the risk of sounding insensitive,
    perhaps we could start a new festival
    for the unenlightened on a quest...
    "Where's d' Wally"
    combining elements of the movies
    The Running Man and The Wickerman

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4860 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    combining elements of the movies
    The Running Man and The Wickerman

    Maybe Anchorman also.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Running Wankerman for short?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1411 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    I think a lot of PH's comments and the support for him is based on fear that the world is changing and they don't know how to cope. I see parallels with those who want to keep sheltered workshops, and it fits in with PH's earlier comments about Susan Boyle. They don't want to be forced to admit that other groups of people, apart from themselves, are fully human, and have equal rights to participate in the world.

    Too true. Seeing their suburban empires crumbling around them, they'll have a tendency to resort to half-baked Elders of Zion/Elders of Mecca/Red Domino theories.

    There's really nothing for them to worry about. All they need is a Sunshine Coast real estate booklet.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4252 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Paul Henry is a father of 3

    Sadly the ability to make babies does not imbue greater wisdom.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3347 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Why is it 99% of the time “PC gone mad”??

    As a dedicated Mac user I think that every time

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3347 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Paul should come to the Diwali Festivals later this month

    It's festival of lights not dims

    (sorry really should go have a coffee, random firing of neurons is random)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3347 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Ben's a hero

    And so is Mr 6, for calling it like it is.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3347 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Mr 6 rocks the party. The child has a moral compass the size of Big Ben. Uh, I mean the timepiece, not (just) his dad.

    (Between them, they also have more Lego than God).

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1411 posts Report Reply

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