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Sunday, February 13, 2005

New Feature / Old Windbag 

To complement the "legend of late" feature (currently re-occupied by Daniel Vettori), I've added the "tosser of our times" honour. The first lucky recipient of this award is none other than East Coast Bay's very own Culture War Warrior, Murray McCully. Yes, he of the massive upper lip and eye for spotting queers on TV. This worthless individual's "proclivities" were first highlighted by Jordan at JustLeft. They include an aversion to seeing gays on TV (although perhaps there's more than a little J. Edgar Hoover to the Hon. Mr. McCully, given the extent to which he seeks to emphasize his heterosexual prowess and decry the "sisterhood". You know what I mean.)

Here's what I wrote in the comments section over at JustLeft (a good site for NZ politics by the way).

What a disgusting windbag that McCully is.

He's clearly drawing extensively from US cultural conservatives, presumably because he thinks their arguments will propel National to power in NZ in the same way it does Republicans in the US.

On Feb 6, Frank Rich wrote in the NY Times:

"Secretary or Education Margaret Spellings hadn't even been officially sworn into the cabinet when she took on "Postcards From Buster," threatening PBS with decreased financing because one episode had the show's eponymous animated rabbit hobnobbing with actual lesbian moms while visiting Vermont to learn how maple syrup is made. Though Buster had in previous installments visited Muslims, Mormons, Orthodox Jews and Pentecostal Christians, gay couples (even when not identified as such on camera) are verboten to our new Secretary of Education. "Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed in this episode," Ms. Spellings wrote in her threatening letter to Pat Mitchell, the C.E.O. of PBS."

Sound familiar? Perhaps McCully's secretary reads the NY Times for him and explains the good bits.

Why stop at gay couples though Muzza (if I may call you that?) Perhaps, as a committed athiest, I object to seeing Muslims, Mormons, Orthodox Jews and Pentecostal Christians (etc) on TV, and am worried about the effects portrayals of such persons may have on my children? ("what about the children?!")

To put it bluntly, I only want to see people like me (or even better, just me) on TV. I never want to see Murray McCully.

Update: Russell Brown notes that "If it wasn't such a wholly terrifying subject for conjecture, I'd be tempted to conclude that McCully must be very dull in the sack."


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