Most of you will by now be aware that Julia says something really shitty in this week’s episode. I’m not going to write what she said, because I’ve never written (or said) this particular word in my life, & I don’t intend to start now. The word makes me feel physically ill, and I’m proud to say that I don’t associate with ANYONE that throws it around...whether it’s a “boating term” or not. It is revolting, highly offensive, & indicates a person’s true character & values.
As I said above, to pretend it didn't happen is not an option for me. To gloss over it, or (god forbid) make light of it is even less of an option. This week, I will recap exactly what happens in the episode in a very minimalistic manner. This way, those of you who choose to read my recaps so you don’t have to watch the show (bless you!) won’t be let down. All the details will be there, I promise. Aside from quoting Julia, that is. However, there will be very little, if any, humour. There will be no pictures to lighten it up. I’m just not in the mood, and I hope you understand. Next week, I am hopeful that I will be able to get drunk and take the piss as usual. But this will be dependent on how this issue is handled.
For me personally, my approach to this particular word is one of zero-tolerance. I will never say it, write it, or associate with people who do so. If it is uttered in my company I speak up, and generally choose to leave the room. It is not okay, and I just know that all of you agree with me, I can feel it. I strongly urge all of you to really think about the ramifications of throwing racial slurs around, and consider how you can make a difference by adopting a similar zero-tolerance policy. If you’re unfortunate enough to be around someone who has no qualms about using racial slurs, challenge them. Speak up. Tell them it’s not okay, and tell them that we as New Zealanders are better than that. Julia embarrassed New Zealand via a platform that belongs to a worldwide franchise. She let us down. We can do better, so let’s start now. Thank you for understanding, I'll see you back here on Wednesday with the recap.