It’s day four.
Why? Because a 23 year old crying on social media from some interchange she had with a rich white bloke at an exclusive winery has managed to dominated the RNZ, NZ Herald, Stuff websites and most social media.
I love a classic run-of-the-mill-middle-class-emotional-millennial-over-share as much as the next person, but that this managed to dominate news and debate is an indictment on the failing quality of journalism than it does about the state of race relations in this country. The reality of who actually cares beyond Twitter was answered by the 16 000 voting in the stuff poll on the issue.
71% don’t think this is racist or don’t believe they have enough evidence to form an opinion.
14% said it was racist but that Peter didn’t mean it in a racist way.
15% said yes it was racist.
Based on the amount of column inches, headlines and hashtags you would have thought the majority of the country was prepared to shoot Peter for crimes against racism. If you look closely at this picture you’ll notice the hat is actually a Klan hood…
That Poll however suggests the louder and more determined the Twitter elites scream racist, the more alienated the majority will become.
This will probably become a regular theme for this election year.
So we are day four on this lazy mainstream media Summer news room journalism that has managed to take a fight on social media to lead news headline status.
I can barely keep up with the on the hour updates.
Boag has managed to make Leitch look like the Race Relations Commissioner & the Race Relations Commissioner’s u-turn has managed to look like Leitch.
The people who have attempted to defend Peter’s stupid and clearly ill thought out comment have only managed to make even more offensively racist comments. Boag’s ‘coffee coloured’ comment and claims that she wants the same tan are just grossly offensive and Dick Quax claim that the 23 year old is a ‘race hustler’ aren’t casually racist, they are formally racist wearing tuxedo comments.
With a Green Party Candidate now jumping in and claiming that Peter is not only a racist, but he only helps others for sinister and selfish ends, has anyone in the media asked Jacinda & Julie Anne Genter if the mad butcher is a racist?
The good people of Mt Albert should know and I’ve got a bet that we could keep this going for another 120 hours of the news cycle.
After the pounding Peter’s reputation has taken, he would be a fool to meet with anyone to discuss this issue because anything less than slavish grovelling by him will be immediately reported via social media by those involved as condescending mansplaining and the media will wait outside wherever they meet to immediately ask him questions about what the Green Party Candidate has now said.
Being outraged on Twitter is the most competitive sport on Earth and Peter Leitch is the new whipping boy for the all white men are rapists AND racist brigade.
Peter, mate, here’s some advice because right now, in just 96 hours you’ve had all that charity work, all that generosity and all that good will you’ve fostered ripped from you and you are now stained forever on social media as a racist who uses people.
All in just 96 hours.
1 – Tell Michelle to shut the fuck up.
2 – Disengage altogether and do not respond, because a response at this stage will simply become the next social media post and whatever you say now will be purposely taken out of context and fuel another 24 hour binge feeding frenzy on Twitter.
3 – Don’t talk to anyone under 45 again please, it’ll just get you in bloody trouble.
By the way, the person you engaged to protect your reputation managed to end up saying 3 things far more racist than what you apparently said, so get Boag to give you a 50% discount.
Oh and while we are thinking about the manner in which Boag managed to make this actually racist, could I just pause in a quick prayer….
I know we haven’t spoken for a while.
Hope you & your son are well
Please let Michelle Boag be National’s Campaign Manager in 2017?
Watching the ease with which a persons reputation can be destroyed from a misunderstanding is a reminder that 2017 is the the year of weeping millennials on social media and there’s no need for a Judge or Jury when Twitter is the executioner.
So what did we learn from 96 hours of Leitch Gate? That these kind of emotional testimonials and first world sensitivities retweeted and shared as social comment will be the future of media while the majority become more and more alienated.
In short, every time an elite on Twitter screams the Mad Butcher is racist, two old white people vote for Trump.
Meanwhile, 1 in a 100 NZers are homeless (many being Maori), 10 000 prisoners are locked up (the majority of them are Maori) and 300 000 kids live in poverty (again the majority of those as a percentage of the population are Maori). Those seem like far better issues of racism to focus on than crucifying the Mad Butcher because of a disagreement with a 23 year old in a winery.