Speaking with Newstalk ZB this afternoon, Laverty said he’d received a lot of hurtful messages after last night’s conference.
“My community have been very hurtful today and it’s really sad. I’ve been called the worst traitor in the world, I’ve sold out for a koha, and other names I won’t mention,” he said.
“I have to be honest, I walked in with a lot of fear when I arrived last night, but I have been more afraid of my own community after today.
“The hurtful things that have come from them are far more damaging than what Brian would have said to me.”
In contrast, Laverty said he’d had a lot of warm messages from the church congregation and other ministers.
“So I think that I have to look more at that,” he said.
If you, like me, and anyone else with basic reading skills, fear Tamaki ever being in a position of political power – mocking him is far more successful at robbing him of momentum than taking offence – taking offence gives him credibility & currency.
Brian Tamaki is not the messiah, he’s just a very stupid boy but the only winner of pink on pink friendly fire is him – he comes across as less nasty than the latest rainbow schism – it’s like social media was created to show us at our worst to our political enemies.
It’s like no one learnt anything from the Pride Board meltdown last year.