One of the worst blogs Cameron Slater ever wrote was when he insinuated that Tania Billingsly, the young woman who was at the centre of the Malaysian Diplomat fiasco in 2014, somehow led her attacker on so that she could grandstand on Rape Culture.
Now, dear readers, what are the odds of a Malasian diplomat deciding to follow Tania home from a bus stop, apparently at random? What are the odds of him picking a woman that is befriended with and herself involved in women’s issues going back many years? What are the odds of him randomly standing there not touching her, then, backing off and waiting for police to arrive out in the street? What are the odds of Green MP Jan Logie getting involved, erm, randomly? What are the odds of a situation that has NONE of the hallmarks of an attempted rape, being shopped by TV3 as attempted rape and the label “Rape culture” being used to intimidate and shut up critics like ourselves lest we look insensitive to (real!) rape victims?
It’s an ugly read but he and commentators made all sorts of claims because Tania wore lipstick during her interview and wasn’t prepared to be weakened from this event. Slater and his fans decided the strength Tania had shown by speaking up somehow meant she was plotting something. The banality and gross offensiveness of the argument is beneath most people, but Slater carried it on for a very long time.
Today the diplomat has admitted and pleaded to indecent assault…
Malyasian diplomat pleads guilty to indecent assault
Former Malaysian defence attache Muhammad Rizalman has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a Wellington woman.
…so when will Cameron do the decent thing and apologise for his crass commentary and allegations?