Todays entry in ‘shit-The-Drin-has-gotten-terribly-wrong’ is his weird attack on Giovanni Tiso in the latest NZ Herald.
Whatever you think of Tiso, and I’ve clashed with him from time to time, his activism against Radio Live was one of the best things social media has generated, but for The Drin, Tiso’s activism is hypocrisy because he hasn’t complained about a sexist advert on the back of an Auckland bus.
I know, wtf right?
Here is The Drin…
New Zealanders take offence at many things in the media … but attitudes differ according to the medium involved.
Last year blogger Giovanni Tiso and other social media zealots campaigned for an advertiser boycott against the Willie and JT show on RadioLive, after John Tamihere asked what were seen as the wrong questions in a discussion of the Roastbusters case.
Yet a highly sexualised advertisement on the back of an Auckland bus does not rate a mention. An ad for a new MTV show called Ex on The Beach is dominated by a close-up of a bikini-clad woman, her legs apart and backside pointed at onlookers.
No doubt the ad is reaching its target market – and every following motorist. It’s tacky, but not a great outrage. It just seems weird that a broadcaster got the boot because of what he asked an anonymous caller, while the soft-porn bus ad is there for all to see. The zealots have not noticed, probably because there was too little publicity value in it.
…so The Drin’s beef is that Tiso and ‘other social media zealots’ used social media to call for a boycott against Radio Live after their dreadful handling of John Tamihere’s offensive line of questioning to a rape survivor BUT because Tiso and ‘other social media zealots’ haven’t used social media to complain about a tasteless and sexist MTV bus advert, then they are insinuated as hypocrites?
Complaining about a live interview on a topic as monstrous as the Roast Buster case and demanding corporate responsibility from the advertisers is one thing. Another tasteless and sexist advert by MTV on a bus is a completely different other thing. The Drin is trying to compare the two and draw unfair conclusions on those who fight one but not the other.
I know, when you actually lay out The Drin’s argument it looks pretty vapid, weak and intellectually shallow doesn’t it? But closer inspection actually shows it is far worse.
The Drin’s choice of language regarding Tamihere’s offensive line of questioning is eye opening. The Drin calls criticism of Tamihere’s line of questioning as, “what were seen as the wrong questions”.
What. Were. Seen. As. The. Wrong. Questions? Not, offensive questions that helped perpetrate rape culture, oh no, the questions were seen as wrong. Seen as wrong by who? People who think the perpetration of rape culture is grossly offensive by a NZ Radio broadcaster? According to The Drin, the questions weren’t offensive, they were just ‘seen as wrong”.
This seems to come across more as rape culture apologist rather than critical thinking by a media writer. Slagging off activists who use social media to hold broadcasters to account on the important current affairs issues of the day because they haven’t complained about a tasteless MTV advert is baseless bullshit.