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PM Jacinda Ardern says the Pride Parade is ‘at its best when it’s an inclusive event’
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Auckland Pride Parade is “at its best when it’s an inclusive event”.
She told media this morning she had not yet looked at her schedule but usually does attend the Auckland Pride Parade.
The backlash of the Pride Parade asking Police not to wear their uniform because some trans visiting the parade might be triggered by seeing a Police Uniform continues with major sponsors pulling out left right and centre now…
BNZ Bank and Vodafone New Zealand pulled support on Wednesday for next year’s Auckland Pride Parade in February in light of the board’s decision to ban police from participating in the parade wearing their uniforms
“It’s simply the right thing to do to stand with the Police in this instance, as we would with any excluded group, and insist on inclusion for all,” Vodafone New Zealand said in a statement on Wednesday.
A BNZ spokesperson said the bank has decided not to participate in the 2019 parade, and will instead be “participating in the Pride Festival in other ways”. The bank emphasised that it encourages “events that celebrate New Zealand’s diversity”.
“We are looking forward to continuing with our plans to celebrate at the Wellington Pride Parade being held in March.”
“There are also members of our community who experience discrimination and violence from the police and, for them, the institution represents oppression, not pride.”
…and Woke Twitter are rounding on any critics…
…seeing as the parade gets $45,000 of public funds from ATEED, asking anyone who is critical of the decision to stay in their lane seems a tad totalitarian.
What this has rapidly highlighted is the new culture wars of subjective pain. If someone feels ‘triggered’ by something, they can demand it be removed. Because it’s subjective, who is to tell a generation raised on the belief the world revolves around them being special that they could possibly be wrong? With social media feeds fuelled algorithmically on subjective outrage, this has created a cacophony of woke lynch mobs competing for the latest trigger outrage. This new feature of Millennial culture however might have the opposite outcome…
SINCE beginning my studies at the Australian National University, I’ve noticed a serious flaw in my fellow students’ approach to mental health. Their frequent use of trigger warnings — or ‘content warnings’, as they’re more often referred — is a grave mental health concern that seems to be flying under everyone’s radar.
Typically found in classrooms and at the top of news articles and social media posts, content warnings alert students of potentially distressing content.
Their use is currently being pushed by extremely mobilised student leaders who dominate control of student unions and student media.
Content warnings originated in the feminist blogosphere to warn victims of sexual assault about vivid depictions of sexual violence. Recently however, I’ve witnessed an explosion of the list of subjects that require a warning. They’re now used for mere mention of potentially distressing subjects — it’s these warnings that, though well-meaning, I believe are doing serious damage to the mental health of my peers.
For example, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released a report in 2017 about sexual assault at Australian universities. Mere mention of the report’s existence required a warning. Any reference to the same-sex marriage postal vote also required a warning.
I’ve seen content warnings for “discussion of invasion day”, “discussion of pornography”, “abortion” and “LGBT issues”. My student union has issued warnings for “holocaust denial”, “images of being bound” and “queerphobic behaviour”.
But it’s my student newspaper that has taken it to another level. They’ve used content warnings for discussion of “war”, “drugs”, “discrimination”, “sexism”, “racism”, “transphobia”, “homophobia”, “mental illness”, “displacement”, the #MeToo movement, “genocide”, “institutional betrayal” and “birth”.
In 2015, a highly influential article was published in The Atlantic titled: “The Coddling of the American Mind”. My student experience has convinced me that “The Coddling of the Australian Mind” has officially begun. And it’s not doing students any favours.
Rather than reducing fear towards certain subjects and non-progressive opinions, content warnings have only increased it. And rather than empowering students to conquer sensitive or disturbing subjects, they’ve only empowered the subjects’ ability to conquer students.
…Jacinda coming out now and stating the best Pride Parade’s are inclusive will have Woke Trigger Twitter on self harm watch.
This is all coming to a head as the wider rainbow community have demanded special meeting early in December to over throw the Pride Board and the Trans Activists are responding in kind…
Kia ora whānau,
As many of you may have heard the Auckland pride board decided to not to let police wear uniforms in the pride parade. Obviously we ideally we would not like police to march at all but this was a good first step and compromise. There has been a lot of backlash though and the people who want cops to march in uniform have been signing people up to be members and are planning on calling for a special general meeting to try and get rid of the current board members. So if you’re LGBT please sign up so that we can push for this decision to not be overturned.
…this doesn’t seem to be about equality or fairness, it seems to be about power and that’s being expressed by having the power to exclude.
Pride has come before a fall.