Outrage once again in New Zealand this morning, as a motel owner in Palmerston North bans residents from Wainuiomata from staying there after a couple of sports teams acted like ferals.
This was on the front page of the Dominion Post. True story.
“Why?”, I hear you asking yourself, “Surely it’s just a small business owner being a bit of a tool?”
Hang on, you’ve missed the important bit:
“Supreme’s owner, Steve Donnelly-an Australian- said guests from Wainuiomata were more trouble than they were worth.”
Nope, the motel owner is one of those dastardly Australians! Boooo!
This reaction may seem a bit familiar for those of you who found this blog via a similar media beat-up.
Can someone please enlighten me as to how it is relevant that this guy is from Australia? Why did that need to even be mentioned, other than to stir up some anti-Aussie sentiment?
Surely that sort of thing should be the sole domain of amateur bloggers, not *cough* respected news organisations like AAP.
Anyway, at least our elected representatives take a balanced view on matters such as this. For example, the Labour MP Trevor Mallard did his utmost to lend a sense of perspective to the whole fiasco:
“It’s stupid and very, very unfair. It shows the sort of blind prejudice I thought we didn’t have in New Zealand any more. I’m not surprised the (owner’s) Australian.”
That is an astonishing statement in more ways than one.
Look, the motel owner might be a complete idiot for all I know. I’m not sticking up for him. But the fact the guy’s an Australian is simply irrelevant.
To any journalist considering taking any chance to stir up some Aussie-bashing: please don’t, you just make yourselves look silly.
Anyway, I’m sure Professor Mein Smith will chuck in her two bob’s worth pretty soon. Just as soon as she can think up a Phar Lap analogy.
- Sounds like there’s a bit of history with this motel, as covered by Motella.
- Trevor Mallard has an active imagination when it comes to beer bottles.
- Can we please stop comparing every hotel/motel owner who does anything remotely out of the ordinary as “<INSERT CITY’S> Basil Fawlty”. It really is monotonous.