You still seem to be missing the bit where they turned around and bullied the person who objected to their offensive language.
And physically harassed her. No one should have to "cope" with that.
Of course they do. I imagine if I showed up with my dick hanging out of my trousers, a fully-loaded bong in one hand and a flagon of paint-stripper home-brew in the other, I’d be *cough* offered a ride home with the nice Police officers. And rightly so. :)
As others have noted, earlier this year, Eden park management defended ejecting people who started Mexican waves or threw a single paper dart -- and using closed circuit cameras to spot such offenders. There's also harassing people with thermos flasks at the cricket and confiscating beach balls.
But in this case, they give the razz to someone who has actually been subjected to bullying and harassment? What the hell is wrong with them?
bad taste and offensive insults at the teams on the field (for that is the charge, no one is is saying they were using expletives)
This is an interesting distinction. What are expletives if not bad taste and offensive words?
Expletives in general aren't a problem, but I make a point of tempering my language when there are kids nearby, which is often the case. It's really quite possible to urgently advise the referee of his shortcomings without literally telling him he's a fucking wanker.
Latest bugbear: why do mainstream papers allow comments on their news items at all? Barely anything anyone says ever adds to the story, it’s just an echo-chamber for dicks. Just reinforces one-dimensional opinions. At least letters to the editor are curated.
Mostly because it drives page views.
Don’t forget disabled people. Rugby is a special interest for several people I know and going to a rugby game a real treat. Doesn’t take many taunts of ‘retard’ to take the shine off the experience.
I've never heard anything like that. It possibly wouldn't even occur to kind of clowns who harassed Hannah.
But yes -- you'll always see people in wheelchairs (the most visible kind of disability) at Eden Park -- the new south stand is really well set up for them. People can just roll straight in the gate to a pretty good viewing spot. That's only what you'd expect, of course, but it's nice to see it done well.
You actually don’t know what you’re talking about, do you?
If you really think that, don’t bother engaging. But I suspect your response has more to do with your passive aggression.
You’ve made a sweeping statement about what people should expect, then said that you don’t actually go to watch rugby at Eden Park (unlike Hannah herself, who does know what she’s talking about). What exactly is your “experience”?
What on earth does that mean?
It means that market researchers listen to feedback and that morality isn’t absolute, it’s culturally relative. (ie abortion)
Nah, you’ve lost me …
No, I suggest you do what I do, speaking as one with a moderately sensitive disposition. The public events I attend have a prevailing culture compatible with my levels of tolerance.
You actually don’t know what you’re talking about, do you? The idea that the solution is anyone who's a potential target of harassment should stay away is absurd. This behaviour isn't typical of Eden Park crowds and it's not acceptable.
But by all means, kick up a fuss over what offends you. The marketeers are all ears.
What on earth does that mean?
However, if Eden Park managment think abuse based on sexual orientation is just fine and dandy then they should say so ...
I would hope Ms Morgan has had a serious talking-to today. She seems to have ... issues.
All Black games are routinely sold out and Black Cap games in smaller grounds are 1/4 full.
But Westpac Stadium ticket sales (rugby and The Phoenix) are tanking this year. Perhaps that’s focused their minds.
The two highest-rated (by far) comments on the front page are not supportive. Which I think is more indicative of positions on the matter.
I read the lot earlier. It seemed about 2-1 supportive, perhaps a little more.