Politically correct Auckland Transport

March 22nd, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Mao in Wellington

 

These have been banned by from their bus shelters. The Herald reports:

The ad, for online electricity store , shows the Chinese former dictator surrounded by Chinese people and soldiers with guns, and carries the slogan ‘Same Power Different Attitude’.

It has been banned from bus shelters by Auckland Council-owned Auckland Transport over fears it could offend some members of the Chinese community.

Oh for fuck’s sake. It’s not even a denigrating portrayal, but a humourous one.  I hate this sort of self-censorship.

And while we are at it, Mao managed to kill tens of millions of Chinese through his policies. Would Auckland Transport refuse an ad with Stalin in it, in case some Russians were offended?

We live in New Zealand, not China. Local Government officials should not be censoring ads because they may offend some people. On that basis every advertisement could be banned.

Pleased to see Wellington transport officials are not so politically correct.

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35 Responses to “Politically correct Auckland Transport”

  1. Bovver (173 comments) says:

    With Red Len leading the charge it’s no surprise, what a FU city.

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    I don’t think the Wellington Council owns the bus shelters :-)

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  3. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    DPF: Couldn’t agree more….Oh for days glorified in “Madmen”, where you could say damn near anything in ads as people were assumed to have enough nous to work out that whatever cleaner it was didn’t ACTUALLY “clean like a white tornado”, and “no mess Charlie” the plumber would in fact need a bit of cleaning up after he had left…

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  4. shoreboy57 (140 comments) says:

    Auckland Council think they know more than Advertising Standards Authority which deals with advertising complaints (at no cost to taxpayer or ratepayer)

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  5. SteveO (76 comments) says:

    And yet the same ad featuring the Pope blessing a same sex marriage wasn’t considered to “offend some members of the Catholic community”? (with the key word being “some”, obviously).

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  6. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    I suspect if it was Hitler ,the same people saying lighten up would be saying “inappropriate”.

    Any thoughts?

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  7. Tristan (63 comments) says:

    I find the adverts very funny and what better way to treat a dictator who killed millions than to point and laugh at him.

    With this in mind my family was never persecuted and killed under his regime and I wonder what my reaction would be to his smiling face had they been. Especially since its the kind of humor that could easily be misunderstood stood if English (and its customs) were not your first language.

    If I had escaped china to get away from this guys smiley face and saw what ‘appeared’ to be big posters of him I would be a little unsettled to.

    I always think of political correctness is another way of saying treat others how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes.

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  8. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    steveO

    Was the Pope ad put in Auckland bus stops?

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  9. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    Comrade Miss Dim must be happy, very happy.

    Jokes aside, the monster Mao is among the greatest criminals in history, alongside Hitler and Stalin.

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  10. anonymouse (717 comments) says:

    Does anyone know if this is for all the Ad-Shel “bus stops” in Auckland or just the stops actually owned by Auckland Transport

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  11. Andrei (2,664 comments) says:

    Stalin may have been a monster but he won World War 2 and saved your grandfather’s asses

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  12. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    Why am I not surpirsed in anything and everything that Auckland Council and its unelected CCO’s do. Time to start the revolution and kick Red Len and the rest of the useless mob out and demand the right to elect those who run the CCO’s.

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  13. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    Andrei, Russia won WW2; Stalin damn near lost it, but the Russian people managed to win- despite his evil.

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  14. eszett (2,417 comments) says:

    Andrei (1,974) Says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    Stalin may have been a monster but he won World War 2 and saved your grandfather’s asses

    All by himself, Andrei? The allies had nothing to do with it, did they?
    And of course, having a non-aggression pact with Hitler didn’t contribute at all to WW2.

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  15. eszett (2,417 comments) says:

    A banned advert depicting Chairman Mao performing the Gangnam Style dance has the potential to insult 120,000 Chinese immigrants living in Auckland, a local community leader says.

    Auckland Chinese Community Centre vice-chairman Stan King said second or third generation Chinese people probably wouldn’t take offence but new arrivals could.

    So, AT is doing this just because one person said there might be someone who may take offense?
    No one was actually offended or complained. The ad is still out here and nobody seems to mind.

    Oh dear, might as well ban advertisement in general in bus shelters then.

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  16. Tautaioleua (309 comments) says:

    The Chinese have their own dances. They don’t need a Korean one.

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  17. SteveO (76 comments) says:

    Kowtow, you may have a point there. I recall the ad well as a huge version of it was on a billboard outside my Wellington hotel but I can’t say I specifically recall it on Auckland bus stops. Perhaps AT are consistent, after all? Of course, consistently allowing both versions would be better than consistently allowing neither.

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  18. Mobile Michael (452 comments) says:

    1 billion chinese, 1 billion catholics.

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  19. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    Who exactly has complained?

    If they have, what are we doing allowing people who venerate this totalitarian dictator and all round mass murdering POS into our western democratic country???

    And then adapting our culture so that it does not offend them???

    Whoever agreed to take down these posters of course has the right to do so if they own the advertising space.

    But what these spineless cowards are really doing is selling out western culture. Our historical heritage built up over centuries and underpinned by a belief in individual freedom. They are selling it down the drain for the sake of a few whining ignorant brainwashed collectivist savages from a country that is still so uncivilised it is ruled by army generals and places its citizens in re-education camps and jails them for political dissent.

    Fucking cowards and white ants.

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  20. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    steveO

    I’m aware of the Wellington billboard but want to know if AT ran it or not.Maybe they weren’t asked to.I’m interested in case of a double standard.
    I personally think it’s not for AT to decide what ‘s appropriate “on behalf” of one community of other.We once had a general standrd of decency etc but now “offence” seems to be everywhere,but mostly in the minds of our “betters”.

    These cases bring to mind te museum in Wellington doing Virgin in a condom. There is no way i the world they’d have done a Mohamed on a tampon for e.g.

    I think the ad is offensive to Mao’s victims ,rather than theAK view that it might upset some commies.

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  21. the conservative (66 comments) says:

    And here we are, a Key supporter now pissed at his own party’s stand on political correctness. Before Key was elected, I wrote to him voicing my concerns about political correctness when he decided to remove Brash’s political-correctness eradicator, Wayne Mapp:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10352225

    Key wrote back to me saying political correctness was not a big issue and didn’t warrant a special portfolio. How many times now have we seen Key himself having to apologise for anti-pc gaffs he has made? Yet, he himself endorses political correctness—go figure?

    Political correctness is nothing more than creeping communism.

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  22. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    I always think of political correctness is another way of saying treat others how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes.

    Then you need to change your thinking. The same considerations are not extended to Europeans.

    You are thinking about how it “should be” not how ” it is”.

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  23. David in Chch (519 comments) says:

    Exactly who was it going to offend? I spent 6 months in China last year, and I have to tell you that most of them are not exactly respectful towards their former leader, recognising that a lot of the things he did were not good! Some of the comments I heard were not mild! So it would seem that AT have not bothered to actually speak to anyone in any community.

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  24. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    I can understand why Chinese may be offended by this poster showing Mao in such a light hearted way. He is responsible for the cruel deaths of ten of millions of Chinese and suffering beyond belief.

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  25. Chuck Bird (4,897 comments) says:

    I wonder if any ad that portrayed Mohammad as a murdering paedophile which he was would be allowed?

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  26. Sonny Blount (1,783 comments) says:

    Whoever is responsible are utter swine and should be fired immediately.

    It’s disgusting to live in a country that would do this.

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  27. Reid (16,518 comments) says:

    Political correctness is nothing more than creeping communism.

    It certainly is, that’s where it started. It’s “news-speak,” disguised as human-wights-based “pwogwessive” thinking.

    They do it because it’s reverse osmosis. By controlling the language we’re allowed to speak and more importantly the visuals we’re allowed to see associated with what we hear, people change their inner thinking, and start to believe whatever it is the pwogwessives have dictated in their language and visuals, as being the only “cowwect” way to expwess oneself. Pretty soon after exposure to this and the more ubiquitous it is the better penetration it achieves, people’s own inner thoughts, the things they say to themselves in their own head, start to change.

    This is how all revolutionaries operate, from the communists to the Nazis to the Western consumerism to everything else. They do it because it works. If it didn’t work, they wouldn’t do it. But they do do it. All. The. Time.

    It only works however when you’re not aware of it [the mechanism] and most people aren’t. Most people are too busy living their life, thinking about work issues, about family issues, about their own happiness or lack thereof, to ever put the necessary time aside to sit back and to think: hang on, why do I believe “x?”

    This is why, without even being conscious of it, you find a tune from an advert you didn’t even notice playing on TV while you were busy cooking dinner for the family, running around in your head, replaying itself over and over and over again. To take a trivial, non-threatening, commercial example of the exact same process, that political correctness uses.

    Lefties, the knowledgeable, senior ones, dwell in this stuff, this mechanism, this technique. Their entire raison d’etre consists of coming up with new and innovative ways to implant messages into what they call, the collective consciousness.

    The key is, tying emotion to the message. And what better emotion to use than one that says you’re an awful person if you don’t believe “x?” What better way, fuck the facts, to get lots of people on board, than subconscious, under the radar manipulation of that key criteria of what it means to be human. For all of us, yes, even murderers, all of us, except psychopaths, have this thing called empathy. It’s what makes whales and dolphins so popular, because we empathise with their sentience.

    Notice I said use. And I used that word deliberately. Because political correctness is using that natural empathy, that natural love for others, which all of us but psychopaths possess, to cynically manipulate social conscience which is, in fact, collective consciousness which is, in fact, the sum of our individual thought processes on a given issue.

    The idiots who banned this poster were thinking obviously of the Chinese immigrants in Akld and all the wealth they bring from their booming economy, given we only bring the richer Chinese, because that’s what our immigration policy settings dictate. But those Chinese are now looking to displace the rest of us not just from the far-East at Howick but now from Epsom, because they like the schools there, of course. You watch that expand to Mt Eden next, they’ll leave Remuera alone, for now. A bridge too far, at the mo. But in 2020, they’ll be doing the same there.

    But the pwogwessive thinkers would take that above para as being wacist, not because it is, it’s a mere statement of fact, but because it points to how the mechanism operates, and if there’s one thing revolutionaries hate, it’s people who point out the their mechanism, because as I said, it doesn’t work, when you are aware of what it is they are doing.

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  28. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    They need to resubmit one with Len’s face, but slapping others rather than himself.

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  29. Reid (16,518 comments) says:

    They need to resubmit one with Len’s face, but slapping others rather than himself.

    No, the commies pwogwessives don’t seem to like laughing at themselves.

    For some reason.

    Who knows why?

    Everyone else does. How come they don’t?

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  30. the conservative (66 comments) says:

    Reid, wonderful words “pwogwessive” says it all–right on the mark!

    The so-called anti-political-correctness pwogwessives are in fact the people that push political correctness; the very people that push communism; the very drones out of Orwell’s 1984

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  31. duggledog (1,559 comments) says:

    Entirely predictable.

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  32. Reid (16,518 comments) says:

    Entirely predictable.

    To some of us dd.

    To most of us? It just seeps into their subconsciousness without them even noticing.

    And then starts its evil manipulative machination.

    Eventually resulting in a change in society.

    That’s what it is.

    Seriously.

    Reid… “pwogwessive…” says it all

    That’s why I started using it tc.

    I’m heartened to see others have started using it as well. You look at the growing alliteration in this blog when people now post on them.

    This is the power of labels.

    Pwogwessives hate it, because it turns their weapon against them and exposes their [evil and underhand] method at the same time.

    Fight fire with fire.

    If they fought fair, with genuine explication and transparency: i.e. no hidden agendas, we wouldn’t have to adopt these underhand tactics. But they don’t. So we do have to adopt their own execrable tactics.

    Like I said, key is, tie emotion to it. In my case, the emotion is humour. It’s not as good as theirs [pathos], but it’s a start.

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  33. ben (2,380 comments) says:

    Advertising has its own censorship. It’s called profit. To the extent Powershop pisses people off, they lose business. In fact they nearly lost mine when they ran with Saddam Hussein. Good luck to them.

    Doesn’t Auckland Council have better things to do?

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  34. mikesmith (2 comments) says:

    I saw on another blog that a Chinese student had said “that’s the man that had my grandparents killed”.

    Another blog had “would they pitched a Maori leader up against Psy?” and “how about Beyonce tied with Hitler..”

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  35. mikesmith (2 comments) says:

    “Redbaiter (2,492) Says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Who exactly has complained?

    If they have, what are we doing allowing people who venerate this totalitarian dictator and all round mass murdering POS into our western democratic country???”

    See my eariler post. That sudent is missing family because of Mao. What %age of people in “our western democratic country” venerate him??

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