Paul Henry's golden handshake for racism
Golden handshake for Paul Henry?
Suggestions of a golden handshake for broadcaster Paul Henry were raised by Labour in Parliament today, but Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman maintains he is unaware of the parting terms and won't get involved in the issue.
I'm sorry. What? Paul Henry gets a golden handshake for insinuating that only white people can be NZers??? I'm sorry. What? How the bloody hell can he get a golden handshake for one of the most racist comments ever uttered on Public Broadcasting? I'm fairly certain that the National Party would want to make sure their favourite mouthpiece was looked after for sentimental reasons if nothing else, but paying him out after the shocking comment he made makes my flesh creep.
Paul Henry supporters of course have gone troppo. They have tied so much of their own cultural identity to Paul Henry that to accuse him of prejudice is to accuse them of prejudice hence their desperate and sad attempts to defend and rationalize Paul Henry’s comments by comparing them to Hone Harawira’s comments about white mofos raping the land.
Let’s just put this one to bed right now shall we? Hone Harawira is responsible for his comments to the electorate who voted him in, Paul Henry on the other hand is a staff member at the Public Broadcaster and as such does not have the luxury of personal opinion afforded to Hone. Public broadcasting is supposed to start from a platform of tolerance, having Paul offend everyone from feminists to none white NZers with the promise to put the boot into blind people who lose their guide dogs isn’t really playing to our higher angels is it?
There’s also another point at stake here. John Key has quietly shut down all his regular weekly interviews on Bfm, RDU and KiwiFM so that the slot on Breakfast is one of the few times John Key is actually held to account and what do we get? Racist brainfarts from the oompa loompa of citizenship witch hunts.
Please god let Micheal Laws and Paul Henry get trapped in an elevator together so they can both bore each other to death.