As far as I am aware New Zealand is still a democracy – or does the fact we have yet to be formally introduced to our new ruling administration mean the right to free speech has been taken away?
Events of recent days certainly prove that some kiwis have neither a sense of humour – nor do they understand the very concept or meaning of satire (I am referring here to the ‘Shit Towns of New Zealand’ fiasco).
The negative reactions to ‘Shit Towns of New Zealand’ are very much testament to the self-hatred and loathing which some kiwis possess. There are also I’m sure some greedy individuals out there who feel they may miss out on private financial gain – so they have jumped on the bandwagon and conveniently disguised their negative reaction as ‘concern for the wider community’ (very much the kiwi mindset when it comes to all things ‘money’).
I am quite surprised a New Zealand media outlet (for a change) has actually taken the initiative and followed up on their original story. It makes a change not to have kiwi insecurities turned round and blamed on Australia, Colonial Britain, or Donald Trump.
It is surely time for kiwis to realise we do have shitty shabby boring towns; men do urinate in public places; and some of the dirtiest dishevelled people you will ever see live in New Zealand!
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