Some uni political hacks arguing, calling each other names, on Facebook is nothing new. The Actoid telling the Greenie to “get raped” was beyond the Pale. Don’t think we’ve ever had to delete a comment that bad here. But the response from ACT on Campus’s leadership has made it worse.
ACT on Campus president Peter McCaffrey said he advised him not speak to Stuff.co.nz.
“What he has told me is that he was being called a fascist, Hitler and he was just angry. You’ll note that the screenshot is cut very neatly to not show anything that was said before.
As to whether McCaffrey believed it was acceptable to tell a woman to “get raped”, he said: “I think he should have chosen a different swear word or called her something else.”
ACT on Campus Auckland president David Peterson said he was sure Browne did not mean his comments. “It’s kind of how you might tell a person to ‘go f… yourself’ but you don’t literally mean that.”
It’s like Alasdair Thompson. The initial remarks are grossly misogynist. The follow-ups attempt excuse-making (ie acknowledging comment is wrong) and, contradictorily, attempt to justify the comment. Both Thompson and ACT fundamentally don’t get it.
The far Right wonders why it turns off women. Why not a single woman said she would vote ACT in the latest Herald poll. Look no further than the worldview exemplified by Thompson and the Actoids.