John Tamihere – Back to the F*****g Future
Barely 48 hours back with the Labour Party and John Tamihere was playing the “Anti PC Tough Guy” again, on TV3…
On Paula Bennett,
Within hours of being allowed back into the Labour Party, John Tamihere was already shooting his mouth off, calling the Social Development Minister “that bloody fat girl”.
I have no great liking for Bennett – she is a hypocrite of the worst sort for having used the DPB and other WINZ entitlements to support herself when she was a solo-mum; to gain a free tertiary education; and buy a house, at tax-payer’s expense . All of which she has denied other solo-mums.
But what has her size got to do with things?
“I don’t have a problem with gay people,” says Mr Tamihere. “I have a problem with gay marriage.”
So why the problem, John? Don’t marry a gay fella. Easy. Sorted.
Mind you, your constant references to gays kinda makes one think… you seem awfully preoccupied with Homo Sexual Men. Anything you want to share with us?
On women and sexism,
When asked about sexism, he responded, “What is that? I’m a man, you’re a woman”.
Oh for god’s sakes…
On female journalists,
“Tova, go jump in the lake you stupid little girl,” he said.
“I’ve had a gut’s full of idiots like you trying to position people like me.
“Pimply little girls in a newsroom trying to position you for being cut up on a little news bite. Tova O’Brien, where the hell do you come from?”
The sad thing is that John Tamihere is an intelligent, experienced political figure and media operator. He’s not some redneck from the backblocks whose parents also happen to be brother and sister.
He proved his skills by hosting on TV3’s “Think Tank”, making that current affairs ‘chat show’ must-see television.
So why the ignorant outbursts?
Why waste energy on offensive remarks against women, gays, etc?
His outbursts may satisfy a certain sector of society – a sector that probably gets it’s “information” from the inanities of Talkback Radio. But does his redneckery add anything to our understanduing of issues?
He certainly did not behave like this on “Think Tank”.
Time to grow up, John. We need your skills as a mature man – not a self-indulgent adolescent.
We don’t need a brown version of Paul Henry. One is enough.
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