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Oh get a grip!

Posted by pauaprincess on July 10, 2007

Apparently Prime Minister Clark has managed to “offend” 30 million lepers worldwide now. According to the NZ Herald.  She apparently told a reporter that Fijian Coup leader Frank Bainimarama would be treated as something of a leper if he turned up at the Pacific Island Forum meetings.  Now Leprosy Mission NZ is demanding an apology to leprosy sufferers worldwide for her “shockingly inappropriate”comment.

Call me harsh, but get a grip!  This is political correctness gone insane.  Historically there is a stigma attached to leprosy and sufferers were outcasts, we all know about the stories of people ringing bells and shouting “unclean unclean” as they wandered the walls of the city.  We all know what she meant!  There was no malice toward sufferers of leprosy meant and in fact the number of leprosy sufferers in NZ is 0!

Seriously Randy Newman sung a song about short people;

They got little hands
And little eyes
And they walk around
Tellin’ great big lies
They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet

Do you see the short people of the world banning it from the radio?  Or getting an apology from Randy Newman?  I bet there are more short people in the world than leprosy sufferers.

I’m sick and tired of political correctness, we all are, except for those who continuously invoke it.  It’s time to say enough is enough.  When weighing up whether or not a phrase is insulting, one first has to take into account the intent behind the words.  Common sense should prevail.

Helen Clark was not slurring lepers, Helen Clark was commenting on the popularity or lack thereof of Fiji’s new leader who gained his position by force and then ousted our Ambassador.  Lepers have nothing to fear and clearly Aunty Helen has nothing to apologise for. 

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2 Responses to “Oh get a grip!”

  1. Kathryn said

    Go girl, you fired up, offender nabbing giant!! I know one culprit who wished he’d never messed with you.

  2. Kelly said

    Right with you here – PC has gone mad in this country!

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