Last Thursday, Seven Sharp ran a story about domestic violence in a staged enactment in an Auckland street. This morning (five days later), the New Zealand Herald has a story that claimed“Women’s Refuge has criticised a Seven Sharp story on bystander reaction to violence against women which used the song Smack My Bitch Up as a backing track”.
The New Zealand Herald has a history of inciting anger when there is none and this latest escapade is no different.
We spoke to Women’s Refuge this morning and a spokesperson told us that they had been completely unaware of Seven Sharp’s story until the NZ Herald had contacted them for comment. Colour me surprised.
Getting upset over a backing track that features no lyrics on an issue that is increasingly problematic in New Zealand is incredibly petty and completely misses the point. The fact that the issue is getting raised at all is something that should be congratulated, not lambasted for such trivial and inconsequential points.
If the track had included lyrics, then lots of people would be upset. But the reality is that no one watching the show was in any way offended. It was only five days later the “rage” was manufactured.