James (395) Vote : Go have a look at the prune faced lefty femonazis killjoys whining on about Henry and Mo gate to see what a real lack of a sense of humour looks like…..
Why do people continue to suggest that Henry’s comments regarding Stephanie Mills are funny and that anyone suggesting otherwise is being “PC” or defer to arguments regarding free speech? What he said has nothing to do with being politically correct or not, and if people can’t see this then no wonder this country has social issues….
This idiot’s popularity is all the proof you need that the NZ public wants to see Bullsh*t on tv – not the news. Sad commentary on the country really.
I’ll admit I’ve had the odd chuckle out of him. IMHO there’s room for newsreaders to show a bit of personality, as long as it doesn’t detract from the content. And as long as it’s not offensive to a reasonable viewer.
But seriously – The Bullsh*t just never stops with this guy… That Henry still has his job after mo-gate [why does every 21st-century NZ scandal always have to have -gate on the end, FFS??] just goes to show that TVNZ is happy to have some complete f*cking dick continue to give the nation torrent upon torrent of lowest-common-denominator, utter Bullsh*t, if that is what the ratings show they want. That’s your TVNZ charter at work!
This is not about whether or not he was PC – the fact that people beleive it is only goes to show that the term is now brandised around as a defence to being rude, pompous, inconsiderate and small minded. Paul invited a person on the show, she was a guest and was there to be interviewed on a topic in which she has an interest, why do people think that it is “funny” that he then turned around and commented on one of her facial features – something that had nothing to do with her appearance on the show. Sure, if people put their photos forward for a competition for good looking old people, then different considerations apply, but here, Paul was blatantly rude, inconsiderate and showed that he really is an idiot. And to claim that he was simply reading out the thoughts of a viewer is rubbish too – we all know how much of the stuff that is sent in is screened. The fact he even needs to resort to that argument in his defence only goes to show he knew he shouldn’t of said it.
And it doesn’t surprise me either that the same people who claim that labour has produced a fucked up society with the wrong values are also the same people who laugh at someone’s rudeness, contempt and bigotry.
Atually Rat, I thought he was stating the obvious out loud. Who hasn’t looked at Stepehanie Mills and thought “That lady has a moustache”. I did a straw poll of female friends and EVERY woman I asked thought that while it was a bit rude it was funny.
April 2nd, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Generally yes, righties don’t do comedy well, though Henry does a mischevious-cum-clownish sort of humour very well.
Dim Post not funny dime?
It’s pretty clear that the term “rightie” or “leftie” when refering to humour is a metaphor for something else, but lets roll with it.
As a “rightie” I rarely find the DimPost amusing – it has a nasty sneering streak within it’s humour that the self deprecation cannot hide. On the other hand I find Paul Henry to be a hoot – the humour is based on a childlike exposition of hypocrisy and exagerating those things which should be obvious to the rational mind i.e. the visual gag of the two McCully signatures.
As for being beat-up at school as a young chipmunk, it appears to me that Paul would more likely have suffered from some sort manic-depressive episode, rather than allow himself to become a victim of external forces e.g. the eager laughing at his own jokes, the constant drift into the absurdity of life (watch the Yasser Arafat anecdote) and the subtle but sharp wit i.e. the “rubber stamp” comment.
Either way he’s great entertainment and obviously intelligent. If anyone has a problem with his using up valuable air time, just take a look at Campbell Live, a show that prefers to reside at the arse-end of the day, and decide for yourself whether an unfunny and uniformative current affairs program should ever be made in NZ.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I must reach the tobacconist before Mr. Jung arrives for Tea.
Brian Smaller ‘Atually Rat, I thought he was stating the obvious out loud’.
Which, of course, he was. If someone had come in with a hare-lip, or a hump (didn’t muldoon have a hump?) would it have been a tremendous laugh to have said something about it? Let’s try it out by getting Henry to point out to John Key that he is rapidly balding. What a laugh that would be!
I don’t watch him but I thought the video very good. The more the news is delivered with a bit of humour the better. I always thought Billy T and Rima TeWiata would be better as newsreaders than the incumbents at the time.
Ah, silly me. The karmas have changed my mind. All this time it was a freedom of speech issue.
Freedom of speech dictates that actually, there’s nothing wrong with ridiculing someone on national TV w.r.t. their looks.
Village idiot – true. They had a feature about a young Samoan girl who was dying of some form of cancer a while ago. Her face was a bit deformed from it all and she spoke funny… I bet Henry must have really had to bite his lip to prevent himself from “amusing” us with his witty observations that time.
The people who wrote the letters were childish and rude. Paul Henry was childish and rude for reading them out – let alone with such glee. He was not championing free speech by saying what everyone was thinking but were afraid to say. He was championing being a rude cunt by saying what everyone was thinking but were polite enough not to say.
Before people froth at the mouth about “political correctness”, they should ask themselves this simple question: “Does political correctness, in this case, basically mean not being a rude cunt?”
Here are some things that polite people refrain from doing.
Mocking someone’s mispronunciation of a word.
Mocking someone’s accent.
Mocking someone’s religious beliefs.
Mocking someone’s facial features.
Those are just a few examples, as a guideline.
Of course, if you want to see examples of people doing those things, you will find them all regularly executed by 10-year-old children – though even some 10-year-olds have enough politeness not to say such things.
Personally I like Paul Henry and watch him here in China every day (thanks Xtra!) but getting a bit bored with Alison Mau, that other blonde chick Pippa is way more natural, and let’s face it, damn right sexy, even if she has popped out more sprogs.
I think one day Paul Henry is going to be popped off, it will be a shame, he helps break the iron mould of “Kiwis”.