Some BSA complaints

February 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

A few amusing or not so amusing complaints to the . First James Burford complains about this on Paul Homes show on Newstalk ZB:

Based on some of the conversations we have had over the last 40 minutes… when we talked about [name] becoming the editor of the Truth, we have had a text which says, “[name] running a publication called the Truth is a bit like making a pre-op tranny editor of the Woman’s Weekly”.

Heh, that’s really funny. I suspect Cam would find it great also. So what was complained about?

James Burford made a formal complaint to The Radio Network Ltd (TRN), the broadcaster, alleging that the use of the phrase “pre-op tranny” was pejorative and “perpetuates bigotry and hatred against transgender communities”. He considered that the host’s behaviour, in reading out the text message, was ignorant and offensive.

Oh, Good God. It was a jibe at Cam, not pre-op trannies.

TRN upheld the complaint under Standard 7 (discrimination and denigration). It said that the use of the word “tranny” was “common in some quarters” and that the text message was intended to be humorous. However, it agreed that the host’s use of the term was unnecessary in context and potentially offensive to the transgender community. Having upheld the complaint, the broadcaster said that the host had been counselled on the matter.

The host would not have been Paul – either Kerre or Wendl probably. Wonder who got their hand smacked?

We also have the complaint from serial complainer Allan Golden who having claimed the moon landings were faked, now says NZ cheats more at sports than Belarus and Jamacia. I think it is about time any complaints from him go straight into the round cabinet.

Wayne Lowry complains that a promo for Coronation Street during Breakfast TV showed a woman slapping a man in the face. The horrors.

And Richard McKay (hopefully not this one) complaints that TV3 called Stewart Murray Wilson the Beat of Blenheim saying “purposefully designed to cause hurt, injury and harm to Mr Wilson (and his kind)”.  Are his kind rapists? No they are all innocent victims it seems.

He referred to all other prisoners “as victims of both media and the public”.

Maybe it is the same Richard McKay?

Mr McKay was concerned that the items showed disregard for Mr Wilson’s human rights in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. He argued that, “The grooming of the public by TV3 against Mr Wilson (in collaboration and union with other broadcasters who hold to the same practices and ideology of separatism, hatred and contemptuous superiority) is a crime in New Zealand”.

No, rape is a real crime.

These nutty complaints are a good example of why I am nervous about any prospect of a Communications Tribunal for online publishers. I can just see a legion of nutters and malcontents doing daily complaints.

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18 Responses to “Some BSA complaints”

  1. kowtow (7,591 comments) says:

    Not long ago the notion of two men “marrying” would have been dismissed out of hand as “nutty”. Today that crazy notion is being bandied about as a human right!

    The lunatics have taken over the asylum and what was once nutty is now being passed off as mainstream and normal and to criticse any of these new notions borders on the criminal!

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  2. Andrei (2,499 comments) says:

    Whoever it was who made the “tranny” comment should have used the “promoting debate” defense which works for the ASA

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  3. In Vino Veritas (136 comments) says:

    Would this be the queer James Burford? The same James Burford who dealt with queers and trans as a youth worker in Dunedin? The James Burford that is getting a studying for a doctorate in, wait for it: “the connections between negative emotions and doctoral writing in the social sciences/humanities. Particularly focussed on the queer potential of negative affects to contribute to other ways of knowing doctoral writing/writer identities”?
    I kid you not. And he expects to get a job with this. If it is the same, what a twat. Its OK to call them trans, but not tranny’s.

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  4. Truthiz (185 comments) says:

    I know one fella, who would salivating at the prospect of an Online Communications Tribunal ..

    ;)

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  5. RRM (9,435 comments) says:

    I can just see a legion of nutters and malcontents doing daily complaints.

    Doesn’t this already exist? (Kiwiblog General Debate…)

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  6. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    Once again confirmation that these bastards should be paying for their entertainment, not the poor bloody taxpayer.

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  7. RRM (9,435 comments) says:

    Not long ago the notion of two men [landing on the moon] would have been dismissed out of hand as “nutty”.

    ;-)

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  8. radvad (661 comments) says:

    “Oh, Good God. It was a jibe at Cam, not pre-op trannies.”

    So what if it was. Have pre-op trannies been elevated to protected status? Bah humbug.

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  9. hmmokrightitis (1,507 comments) says:

    Correct me if Im wrong, but isnt every man a pre-op trannie? Its merely a decision away…

    And yes, red, for the record, I include you. SPECIFICALLY you :)

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  10. Harriet (4,502 comments) says:

    Based on some of the conversations we have had over the last 40 minutes… when we talked about [name] becoming the editor of KIWIBLOG we have had a text which says, “[name] running a publication called KIWIBLOG is a bit like making a UNIK editor of PENTHOUSE.”.

    Heh, that’s really funny. I suspect DAVID would find it great also. So what was complained about?

    Formal complaint…blah…blah…..radio network….blah…..perpetuates bigotry and hatred…blah….

    Oh, Good God. It was a jibe at DAVID, not UNIKS. :cool:

    See?….No demerits…just harmless Tuesday fun! :cool:

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  11. RRM (9,435 comments) says:

    *Eunochs.

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  12. gazzmaniac (2,317 comments) says:

    Wayne Lowry complains that a promo for Coronation Street during Breakfast TV showed a woman slapping a man in the face. The horrors.

    What if it was a man slapping a woman?

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  13. Andrei (2,499 comments) says:

    What if it was a man slapping a woman?

    He wouldn’t be slapping her gazzmaniac, he’d be beating the snot out of her and it would be fine because it would be “raising awareness” to the issue of domestic violence, a significant social issue particularly in households containing white christian hetrosexual males who as you may not know yet are responsible for all the world’s ills

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  14. RRM (9,435 comments) says:

    domestic violence, a significant social issue particularly in households containing white christian hetrosexual males who as you may not know yet are responsible for all the worlds ills

    :shock:

    So have you stopped beating your wife yet, Andrei?

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  15. Mark Thomson (85 comments) says:

    “However, it agreed that the host’s use of the term was unnecessary in context and potentially offensive to the transgender community. Having upheld the complaint, the broadcaster said that the host had been counselled on the matter.”

    So the complaint is upheld because they think it is *potentially* offensive to a particular group of people. How many of those people did the BSA actually ask? And how about the fact that their decision is *actually* offensive to people who value free speech and good humor.

    I consider myself reasonably easily offended by things in the media, but I’m puzzled about what it is about this that is so inappropriate. Is there a particular part of ‘pre-op tranny” that is considered pejorative? Is is the “pre-op” part or the “tranny” part, or the combination thereof? Is it the use of the abbreviation? Inquiring minds…

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  16. edhunter (493 comments) says:

    Rape ‘is’ a real crime & a serial rapist of the calibre of Stewert Wilson should never have been let out of prison in the first place & I’d go a step further & say a nice peaceful sleep from which he would never wake up from should have been a sentencing option.
    But that is not the case, Wilson is back in the community under very strict conditions, constant referral to him as the Beast of Blenheim by the MSM does more damage than good to any chance of his successful rehabilitation.
    This is not the MSM reporting a story this is them sensationalising a story (nothing unusal there).
    It would seem you get better treatment from the media for being convicted of infanticide or patricide than of being a mere rapist.

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  17. iMP (2,232 comments) says:

    So, do trans-gender persons of either gender or none at all, use “trannies”? ie transistor radios?

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  18. gump (1,474 comments) says:

    @iMP

    In my experience, most TGs live in stealth mode and are afraid of being outed or identified as TG.

    This means that they are careful to never refer to each other as anything aside than the gender with which they identify.

    There are, of course, some TGs who announce their situation publicly (such as Georgina Beyer). But that seems to be fairly rare.

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