Media watch – Thursday

6 December 2018

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  1. David

     /  December 6, 2018

    “Nationwide debate on Nelson’s Santa parade exposes underlying racism”

    Why am I not surprised at this outcome, it was a dumb thing to do and was bound to cause a backlash. What was the point ?
    The virtue signalling numpties, no doubt dripping wet white wealthy and middle class, have managed to annoy everyone and stoke racial division and for what ?

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    • Gezza

       /  December 6, 2018

      Well I think the quoted headline makes a fair point. Anti-Western European racial & cultural bias does seem to have become a permanent feature of the social landscape among a small but sometimes vocal minority of the populati. The thinking seems to be “it’s their turn”, as though this is sufficient justification for any form of racism. However hatred (or at least intense dislike and disdain) by one group of homo sapiens sapiens for “other” groups of homo sapiens sapiens is both a learned and it seems hard-wired-in characteristic of many individuals in our species, whether directly expressed or not. This needs constant attention to ensure it doesn’t get out of hand and spread because it can get strong enuf in the wrong circumstances to spread & turn vicious.

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      • David

         /  December 6, 2018

        Why would they try and address these awful things you talk about by doing something as daft as replacing Santa. Kids who still believe in Santa probably dont care what colour their cohorts are, probably doesnt even occur to them and Santa parades are for little kiddies.
        Aside from the odd social media post that gets reported I dont strike racism anywhere, people are people and we generally just get on with it.

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        • Gezza

           /  December 6, 2018

          Yes I agree. We are fortunate to live in a society and at a time when giving this matter constant attention is so much the norm people aren’t even aware they’re doing it and the nasty ones are still in a very small minority of outliers.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 6, 2018

            To me it was not racism at all; it was about causing confusion pointlessly. Children go to Santa Parades expecting to see a man in a red and white suit, and with a big white beard, not a clean-shaven man who was wearing a cloak and carrying a trident. Having a Maori Santa is one thing, having someone of any colour who bears no resemblance to him is another. If he’d been a Pakeha wearing an outfit that was nothing like the traditional one and not wearing the beard, there would have been the same reaction. People who are bringing racism into it are missing the point or stirring.

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            • Gezza

               /  December 6, 2018

              Yeah, good point. David was too lazy to post the link so I dunno what the article said. I couldn’t be bothered looking because I thought much the same as you.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 6, 2018

              Had the Santa been dressed as a soldier because of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, or as a doctor with a white coat or any other such thing, I think that there would have been just as much annoyance.

    • sorethumb

       /  December 6, 2018

      it is all about the Santa story and agreed imagery. People are arguing that Santa was really this and that but Santa today is the Santa of the Department store. They are also saying this was a blend (bi-cultural) but each blend replaces some part of Santa with something that has nothing to do with Santa.
      Santa lives in the North Pole so he is warmly dressed and has a snow white beard. The Maori man looked like some sort of polynesian figure and what’s more we associate polynesians with a martial culture. It was a silly idea. They seem to think they can walk all over us: “just do it” and then the media lefties will have opinions pieces to correct our wrong think.

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  2. sorethumb

     /  December 6, 2018

    Since when did Maori kids decide Santa wasn’t coming down their chimney?

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  3. Gezza

     /  December 6, 2018

    YNZ READER AND POSTER SURVEY

    So, tonight, when I shot down to ma’s to make us dinners what I had to do was take the plastic punnet of the local New World’s chilli con carne and rice out of her fridge, spoon some of it onto a small plate for her, whack it in the micro on high for one minute, then spoon the rest onto a bigger plate for me and whack it in the micro for 1 minute 30.

    And after we watched 1 ewes and I made her a coffee and said I had to get to back home (she’s got no internet) in case robert had any questions needing answering on YNZ and that I was leaving her the dishes because I’d cooked. So that means it’s her job to do the dishes.

    And she said: “That’s not cooking.” And I said: “Yes it is”. I’ll prove it – statistically.”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    So, in your opinion, is the abovementioned cooking?

    Yes – uptick
    No – downtick

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  4. Gezza

     /  December 6, 2018

    The embattled Auckland Pride Board has been spared and survived a vote of no confidence, and a ban on police uniforms has been given a mandate

    The votes were 273 in favour of a no confidence vote, but more than 325 voted against that motion.

    It came after a packed Special General Meeting called by people who were unhappy at the board’s decision to ban uniformed police from next year’s Pride Parade. The meeting was called after several days of deep division in the LGBTI+ community, with opinions sharply split.

    It follows weeks of controversy over plans for next year’s event, after police in uniform were banned from taking part. Source: 1 NEWS
    The Pride Board’s fate rested on those voting at the meeting.

    Throughout the evening people spoke passionately both for and against the decision, and the motion to signal no confidence in the Board. Some spoke of their strong disapproval of the Police, arguing the force still today badly and unfairly treats members of the community. Others in turn said the Pride Parade should be an inclusive event that welcomes everyone.

    Media were not allowed to record the proceedings, in a decision reached by a majority vote of attendees. [Why not? Gez]

    Several corporate supporters had vowed not to take part in next year’s parade unless the decision to block uniformed police was reversed. The Defence Force also said it wouldn’t take part, while some traditional funders of the parade pulled their money.

    The meeting was delayed while the huge number of attendees made their way into the Pitt Street Methodist Church. Board chairperson Cissy Rock said immediately after the Board was committed to working with all of its members, and it was looking at calling further community meetings.’
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/board-auckland-pride-parade-survive-no-confidence-vote-win-mandate-ban-police-uniforms
    . . . . . . . . . .
    Suggestion:
    If you’re anti-police, go along to the parade and show your support for Cissy. And don’t call them if you need them. Call Cissy. She can send an LGBTI person or a+ something over to help.

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