Why we shouldn’t gag Brian Tamaki, Anwar Sahib or the slightly racist guy who looks like Santa



Slightly racist guy who looks like Santa


Did it just get chilly in here?

What’s with the sudden yanking on the free speech leash?

Brian Tamaki, Anwar Sahib and the slightly racist guy who looks like Santa shouldn’t be gagged or prosecuted, they should be countered, argued with and contextualised. Society is divisive enough without pouring petrol onto it.

None of these three are even close to what the fuck is happening in America right now with the Alt-Right, they are giving fascist salutes and yelling ‘Heil Trump’.

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When we get to that stage we can start screaming racist nazi.

Don’t get me wrong, I disagree with all of these 3 men (well what the Guy who looks like Santa said about white people was pretty true) but when you look at what they’ve actually said, the knee-jerk against them looks more like liberal elitism overkill that only serves to alienate.

The case for Brian: The thing most have missed about Brian’s ridiculous claims that God sent earthquakes to punish us for our homosexual wickedness is that he made this brain fart before the earthquake had even happened. So he wasn’t reacting to the earthquake, he was just entertaining his fanatical and highly taxed congregation. He can’t be taken seriously because what he’s had to say is such a joke. But we live in a free country where if people want to give a large chunk of their pay cheque to a clown like Brian they can and a clown like Brian is allowed to blow whatever bullshit smoke up their arses. He’s a waste of time and building him up as more than the charlatan he actually is only increases the persecution mentality of his Stockholm syndrome followers

The case for Anwar SahibWhat’s so controversial about claiming Jews and Christians are the enemies of Muslims? Turn on the bloody news! Palestine is under a brutal occupation by Israel, Iraq is reeling from the Wests illegal invasion for WMDs that didn’t exist and if we cared would we really stand by and watch Syria rip itself to pieces? How this has been elevated to anti-semitism is bloody farcical. His sexist views on women? Yes, they are sexist, they sound about as sexist as the Exclusive Brethren, but we aren’t threatening to close the Brethren down any time soon are we?

The case for the Guy who looks like Santa: And what about this guy?

The Government has sacked a member of a marine protection forum over an “offensive” newsletter detailing the history of New Zealand’s fishing regulations.

Nelson Cross, a retired engineer from Balclutha, poked fun at a number of groups in the newsletter, but in particular Maori, claiming they exterminated and ate the original inhabitants of New Zealand before discovering “KFC and the TAB and the joys of sedentary living while on a benefit” once Europeans arrived.

…yep, your usual garden variety racism told with chuckles and dumbness, however he redeemed himself with this description of white people…

Early contact with European settlers (who Cross described as “mainly drunkards, womanisers, layabouts, escaped convicts and ratbags of the first order”)

…pretty much on the ball with that description to be fair. He should have added ‘land stealing, treaty dishonouring, culturally genocidal white volk’ for good measure. But all in all your usual South Islander.

Again, I disagree with all three of these people. Brian’s understanding of basic geology is ridiculous and if God wanted to smite NZ for Gay sex wouldn’t he destroy Ponsonby?  Sahib’s right about Christians and Jews not liking Muslims much but as backwards as the Exclusive Brethren when it comes to gender equality and the Guy who looks like Santa was your usual garden variety drunk racist Uncle you put up with every Christmas.

Hardly neo-Nazi-esk are they?

The desire to shut down people and demand they be silent is a pretty dangerous way to delegitimise a Democracy. When people feel they have no voice, they vote like they did in Brexit and with Trump.

Let’s out true racists and sexists and bigots, picking on easy targets distracts us from the far bigger issues we are being confronted by in Society.

There is enough hate and fear, let’s not add to it by martyring such flawed vessels as Tamaki, Sahib and Guy who looks like Santa. That allows the true racist, sexist and bigoted systems of power to go unscrutinised.


  1. We probably shouldn’t allow ourselves to be colonised by a rapacious, overpopulated dictatorship, either, Bomber. Oops! too late, I fear…

  2. Great Post, Martyn, we sadly have a MSM that is pontificating, as Mr Trottoir recently wrote. Here they are again pontificating, about people with somewhat bizarre views, who are not following the PC madness imposed on us for years now.

    While being respectful, correct, honest and so forth are values we should all strive for, some are obviously struggling to be like that, hence the dissent and outrage at the dissent of some, see the ones mentioned.

    Indeed, simply shutting them down, persecuting them, that will only create a NZ version of Trump here, and he will come sooner or later, rather a he than a she, I bet.

    Take issue, argue, discuss and confront, that is what is needed, not this BS that we had yesterday and the day before, about some Muslim preacher, who basically only quoted what the Quran says anyway. Do we then go and ban the Bible, the Quran and all other so-called “holy books” as well?

    I wonder what outrage we would get if the government may propose that to be put into law.

    The otherwise useless MSM love such easy fodder to feed on, do they not, I get sicker of these bastards every day, watching the news and listening to the radio.

    Journalism is dead, that is true journalism sensation reporting and biased reporting is now the norm.

  3. When people feel they have no voice, they vote like they did in Brexit and with Trump.


  4. +100…Great Post!…it is far better that people air their opinions and feelings so that they can be countered…no matter how erroneous these opinions and feelings appear, or how nonfactual or unsociable or delusional

    …this way we keep some sanity going ….and an Open Society….and a functioning democracy

    ….freedom of expression and a Free Press is something we must safeguard…(and a Free Press does NOT = the mainstream media )

  5. What? Why can’t we just shoot’em????

    In all seriousness, if the media never reported on the likes of Tamaki, Sahib, the Santa look-alike, or even Don Brash’s stupid Orewa speech, then they could be ignored forever.

    But then the racists knuckledraggers would complain that they weren’t getting “fair and balanced” coverage by the “liberal pinko media”.

    Honestly. Just shoot all the racists. Let Gay Allah sort’em out.

  6. Allowing free speech is one thing; allowing statements to go uncriticised is another, allowing the perpetrators a tax free pulpit is another. Having used the right of free speech, one should expect others have not only to exercise a right to analyse and criticise the nastiness and stupidity, but also but a duty to do so.

    Certainly I don’t think we should gag them but I do think that if they make a huge income they should be taxed like the rest of us

  7. True – except the consequences of each of these examples are radically different. Brian Tamaki will continue to be ridiculed while his followers might try and ‘redeem’ some homosexuals by speaking to them, Racist Santa will get a ribbing at the pub and stir some people to ue a hashtag, while the Imam might inspire a terror attack or the beating of a wife.

    What each have said may not cross a clear line but there is a clear difference in possible repercussions.

    • True – except the consequences of each of these examples are radically different. Brian Tamaki will continue to be ridiculed while his followers might try and ‘redeem’ some homosexuals by speaking to them, Racist Santa will get a ribbing at the pub and stir some people to ue a hashtag, while the Imam might inspire a terror attack or the beating of a wife.

      Really, Heather?

      You’re minimising the violence and discrimination that Tamaki’s bigotry would inspire amongst some of his followers?

      And what about the US, where religious bigotry has reached a point where gays are assaulted, murdered, and abortion clinics bombed, and their workers shot dead? Does all that count for nothing in your head?

      Whether Tamaki or Sahib, the consequences can be brutal and deadly should any of their followers turn words into action.

      I wondered how long before certain individuals tried to create artificial “degrees of difference ” between religious bigots.Bigotry is bigotry.

      • I was wondering Frank, if you changed some of the nouns in your post, would you understand other people?

        Don’t freak out. Some of us have seen this coming.

        Don’t forget to look up from your keyboard now and again and you will understand what some of the rest of the real world has. Some times it is not what we would realise.

  8. This has got to be one of the silliest posts to have turned up on the Kiwi blogosphere for some time, with a fair number of suspects competing for that dismal accolade.

    Maybe the most disconcerting thing here, Martyn, is your blitheness about the stress that hate speech causes real people: members of vulnerable minorities; especially young people, and children not least of all. “What’s so controversial about claiming Jews and Christians are the enemies of Muslims?” What’s the matter with you, Bomber? How do you imagine that hate speech, or the wholesale denigration of an entire minority actually works?

    A boy of four wearing a yarmulke, assaulted in Mt. Eden last year – because Jews are portrayed by some fanatics as the enemies of Islam and as members of a race trying to take over the world. That’s how hate speech works. A Muslim kindergarten child in the US harassed verbally – and physically – by his TEACHER – because all Muslims are supposed to be terrorists. And one day that child is supposed to grow up to become one. That’s how hate speech works.

    You bring up Gaza. Did the Islamic Women’s Council of NZ, who are a thousand-fold more qualified to talk about Gaza then you are, raise Gaza? Of course not. They rebuked Sahib unequivocally and expressed nothing toward the Jewish community but magnanimity and solidarity. Not much sexy contrarianism there, Martyn. But I’m guessing that they know all too well the thing that you’ve completely managed to miss: that children or young people of any minority are not in the least bit responsible for Gaza, for Isis, for anything else – but they’re always the first victims of the radical evil that hate speech is.

    So talk to any frightened minority child about “countering, arguing and contextualizing.” Talk to a gay teenager bullied in school over the past fortnight by some kid who was emboldened by the hate speech of demagogue in a church and south Auckland about “countering, arguing and contextualizing. Talk “countering, arguing and contextualizing” to the hundreds of U.S. educators who wrote harrowingly of the epidemic of hate speech and racially-motivated bullying in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center survey in April. These are professionals who had painstakingly “contextualized” decency, empathy, respect – only to see one instance of hate speech from the most visible and amplified human presence on the planet blow all of that away in an afternoon.

    And perhaps you begin to see – hopefully – just how fanciful that approach is. If you posit otherwise, then it’s as if hate speech was just one more fascinating facet of human communication, or a genus of rhetorical provocation from which some meaningful counter-discourse could be satisfactorily leveraged at any time! Not as a radical evil to be anathematized, punished. Not, Christ forbid, to be treated as a crime.

    “If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses,” Hitler wrote, “you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.” But chill; it’s not that serious. After all, we can always counter, argue and contextualize. And yet, inexplicably, in the same post, Mr. Bradbury, you want a religious reprobate to be treated as “a waste of time [because] building him up as more than the charlatan he actually is only increases the persecution mentality of his Stockholm syndrome followers.” Exactly, which spitball are you rolling with, brother? “Countering”? Or treating the man as a “waste of time?” If it’s the latter, that’s exactly the approach they took to Hitler, Martyn! Donald too! Ian Kershaw may have referred to Hitler as a “bizarre misfit” but that was retroactively. 50 million dead retroactively.

    “I disagree with all three of these people.” Really. This isn’t gritty, Martyn. It’s one bar removed from the kind of “good-luck-with-that” liberal fecklessness which holds that we can all sit around on Q&A or the Panel and talk about that shiny new young thing with the updated Adolf comb-over, leading the charge for the “alt-right” with his Heil Donald and “are Jews really people?” How outré! Should he be taken seriously? Oh no; punish him and you just build him up! Treat him as the waste of space he is!

    Just as CBS and CNN did with the “alt-right” “Daddy,” to use Mr. Yiannopolous’ term of suitably deranged endearment.

    Yep, succumbing to radical evil is of that kind. Boy, Martyn, have you bombed major league.

    • Kia ora URI KHEIN, thank you for your comment.

      I disagree.

      I’ve watched the West get dragged into irrational wars in the Middle East based on taking intemperate comments from Muslims and twisting them to justify violence and I am always prepared to stand up and push back against those forces.

      I don’t agree with these three men, but this is a Democracy Uri, and whether I like what they have to say, they have a right to say it. Attempting to gag them or use the fear of children to somehow justify that gagging is emotive but not particularly plausible Uri.

      Your need to drive the comments from this bloke to hate speech levels terrifies the bejesus out of me Uri, you effectively go as far as to attempt to paint me as a crypto-facist to just get your point across which seems pretty silly if you weren’t so self assured that your opinion is right.

      I think I have more to fear from the likes of you Uri than a Muslim angry at the way the West have mutilated his region.

  9. “What’s so controversial about claiming Jews and Christians are the enemies of Muslims?” Nothing more controversial than someone claiming there are only two genders. Nothing more than saying homosexuals should be kept out of sight, out of mind. Nothing more controversial than claiming uncontrolled immigration is bad for us. Nothing more controversial than saying a woman’s place is in the home… We should accept Sahib’s sexist views because the Exclusive Brethren are also sexist?!? Really? Really?!? Just a thought but perhaps we shouldn’t the Brethren’s view of the world either.

    • Kia ora KS, thank you for your comment

      Except of course most Muslim’s can point to the last 100 years of them being ripped to pieces by Christians and Jews though can’t they? If Christian’s and Jews don’t wish to be seen as the enemy of Muslims, perhaps Christian’s and Jews should stop propping up totalitarian regimes in the region?

      No, I’m not accepting Sahib’s sexist views, I’m saying there are many groups in society who share his sexist views – are you suggesting that we forcibly break into Exclusive Brethren compounds around NZ and force the women out of there so they can be free? Is that the level of force your rights allow for KS? Because you’d need a Police State level of power to be able to do that KS – is that what you are advocating for? A Police State? Can you see the irony in that?

  10. 100% correct!

    I’d rather let these idiots have a platform – just so we can ridicule them. Free Speech is a thing to be cherished.

    But just to be clear Martyn, a handful of crazies in Nazi uniforms shown in a movie clip praising Trump doesn’t mean the ‘alt right’ movement is fascist or even particularly right wing. I easily could find a similar level of idiocy supporting the other candidate but they don’t represent the average voter either.

    Having completely failed to swing recent elections in the US, UK and even here a couple of years ago, the mainstream media are now casting around trying to turn their opponents into simplistic caricatures in order to demonize them and avoid their own cognitive dissonance.

    Allow me to explain to all the die-hard left wingers here what the ‘alt right’ is really all about:

    1. It is a consequence of the left having abandoned the ‘real’ working class decades ago. Few in the Labour movement know any real workers anymore and don’t really represent them.

    2. It is a push-back against Political Correctness in all its many forms. Multiculturalism, Affirmative Action, Safe Spaces, 3rd wave feminism and BLM. We’re sick to death of it all.

    3. It is the common people drawing a line in the sand over uncontrolled immigration, which presents an obvious terrorist threat and undermines wages.

    4. It is conservative people who have had enough of welfare schemes which have left over 70% of Black Americans and over 40% of Maori effectively fatherless because they’re brought up by solo mums…and many times more likely to finish up in prison as a result.

    5. It is fighting the back-door deals in DC which see candidates from both parties owned by lobbyists.

    6. It is a rejection of the burgeoning US Federal and State bureaucracy and the regulations it enforces that drag down the economy and destroys jobs.

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