web analytics

Imperator Fish: A clarification

Written By: - Date published: 3:50 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 31 comments
Categories: art, books, culture, national, Satire - Tags: , ,

Sexist right-wingers are lining up to abuse Eleanor Catton for speaking her mind. The odious Sean Plunket is the worst, calling Catton a “hua” (sounds like and sometimes defined as “whore”). Imperator Fish responds


A Clarification

There appears to have been some confusion about the things I said this morning about Radio Live host Sean Plunket. I am writing this post in order to explain what I actually said.

A number of people who heard me talk have accused me of calling Mr Plunket an “arsehole.”

From listening to the recording of my words I can see how someone might mistakenly think I used the word “arsehole”. The quality of the recording seem to dip at about the time people claim I used that word, and it is quite hard to hear what I actually said.

But what I in fact said was “I don’t always agree with Sean Plunket, and on this issue I think he is mistaken, but I have an enormous amount of respect for his years of work as a broadcaster.”

I also did not call Mr Plunket a “loud-mouthed right-wing bully-boy”. I categorically deny using those words.

What I in fact said was “this is a democratic society, and that fact that Sean Plunket and I can disagree on an issue in public is a sign that we live in a healthy nation that tolerates freedom of speech and freedom of expression, and I am reminded of the words of George Orwell, who once said If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear, so I thank you, Sean, for giving your listeners the opportunity to consider this very important and interesting issue.”

Likewise, I never called Mr Plunket a “disgraceful shit I would happily squash with my shoe, were it not for the fact that my shoe would end up being covered in shit,” and I am frankly astounded by the accusation. I have listened to the tape and I most certainly did not use those words.

Anyone who knows me well would tell you I would never say such a thing. I would never use such words to describe that opinionated boor whose opinions are as uninformed as they are odious.

31 comments on “Imperator Fish: A clarification ”

  1. ankerawshark 1

    10000+ Scott

  2. Tracey 2

    willie jackson, well known feminist,, uses hua as a compliment. .

  3. Jeeves 3

    Whereas the term ‘hua’ may or may not mean something or other – the colloquiallism ‘hoor’ (pron. who’re, rather than whore) is a distinctly Irish slang term. It does mean ‘whore’ but certainly never has the same strength as ‘whore’. In Ireland a good looking woman could easily be described as a ‘cute hoor’, and friends would happily use it as a term of endearment of their female friends.

    The use of the term ‘whore’ in all its anglo-saxon crudeness would only ever be used in Ireland as a strongly derogatory slur. And having said this- the word ‘hoor’, when used outside of Ireland and not between friends, can only be construed as the utterance of a wee feckin bollix callin a nice colleen a whore.
    Shame on the c&nt.

    • People can use much the same “logic” to argue that c&nt isn’t a derogatory term since many people use it as a joking term of affection.

      The fact Plunket and his defenders are focusing in on whether he said whore, hoor, or hua and exactly what he meant by that is a distraction from the whole pissy, whingey little rant he made, attacking Catton for her job, for daring to have an opinion, and for being an award-winning author.

      • Macro 3.1.1

        Exactly!
        It

        is a distraction from the whole pissy, whingey little rant he made, attacking Catton for her job, for daring to have an opinion, and for being an award-winning author.

        QFT

      • rhinocrates 3.1.2

        Indeed and our favourite amnesiac Hooton has joined in.

        The deliberate, disingenuous twisting of logic used so quickly and so energetically makes it quite clear just how cowardly they are.

        The squeals of the privileged are the shrillest.

      • Jeeves 3.1.3

        My point was – that the term ‘hoor’ in this context can only be construed as derogatory, and no amount of semantics can get him out of it.

        Just to clarify- I used the term c&nt in its full derogatory sense without a skerrick of endearment.

        Apologies to any females who feel slurred by the association….

  4. CnrJoe 4

    Seans faux doofus accent/persona as he editorialised was just so very rarky..he soooo had an an eye on the ratings..

  5. I am so glad you clarified that for us.

    The low effort thinkers’ response to Ms Catton proves her point and the fact that that completely escapes them makes it all the more delicious.

    My Mum, who has aphasia as a result of a stroke, called Sean Plunkett ‘Pawn Slunkett’ the other day which I thought has a certain Dickensian ring to it that is entirely in keeping with his views on – well, just about everything.

    • trendy lefty 5.1

      🙂 Pawn Slunkett

      • Chooky 5.1.1

        +100 ….like it!…Pawn Slunket on National Radio was a bully when he would interview the Greens and continually interrupt and attack…particularly the women

        ….but when it came to the Nact male politicians he was totally slimey and servile…they had a free run without interruption

        …I can not stand him so don’t listen to the commercial stations…however I do hear reports about him and what he has said

  6. logie97 6

    Is that the same Plunkett who appeared to be using a refrain from a Garry Glitter song to announce his return from holiday to radio last week?

  7. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 7

    Based on the expectation and standard that a broadcaster’s role should be to entertain, inform and educate, the Plunket has – in my books – failed miserably.
    He has said little to earn my respect.

  8. Paul 8

    We are on the slippery slope to fascism.

  9. stever 9

    It’s enlightening to see how responses to Eleanor Catton divide politicians, broadcasters etc. into two sets:

    those who by their words (e.g. John Key, Sean Plunkett…) are walking illustrations of precisely the problem that Ms Catton was describing;

    and everyone else.

  10. Aaron 10

    I’m wondering what I can do that might get Sean PLunkett to call me names too. Surely it’s a badge of honour

  11. greywarshark 11

    Well that’s satisfctorily cleared the matter up for me. Anybody who still quibbles, and doesn’t realise that a whore is a legally respected, professional or semi-skilled sex worker, is a bore and some other word that would be appropriate (readers can supply their own – BYOS Bring your own slang. Nuances should be borne in mind and epithets should be avoided).

    I think that there needs to be a new etiquette book and slang list for the loose-lipped whose tongues too freely wave in the wind. Which seems to apply to most of the mouths on private radio.

  12. Paul 12

    I was reading article by Chris Hedges about the film American Sniper and how the reaction shows the ugly underbelly of US culture.
    When I got to this paragraph , I couldn’t fail but to see comparisons to sections of NZ society..especially in light of the Eleanor Catton story.

    ‘There is no shortage of simpletons whose minds are warped by this belief system. We elected one of them, George W. Bush, as president. They populate the armed forces and the Christian right. They watch Fox News and believe it. They have little understanding or curiosity about the world outside their insular communities. They are proud of their ignorance and anti-intellectualism. They prefer drinking beer and watching football to reading a book. And when they get into power—they already control the Congress, the corporate world, most of the media and the war machine—their binary vision of good and evil and their myopic self-adulation cause severe trouble for their country. “American Sniper,” like the big-budget feature films pumped out in Germany during the Nazi era to exalt deformed values of militarism, racial self-glorification and state violence, is a piece of propaganda, a tawdry commercial for the crimes of empire. That it made a record-breaking $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday long weekend is a symptom of the United States’ dark malaise.’

    http://www.alternet.org/culture/chris-hedges-american-sniper-caters-deep-sickness-rippling-through-society

  13. greywarshark 13

    @ Paul
    Bumper sticker “Get Drinking not Thinking”.

  14. Gruntie 14

    Boycott Plunket
    Boycott Henry
    Boycott Hoskin
    Boycott Williams (Larry)
    Boycott Biased Far Right Morons

  15. Lloyd 15

    Don’t come the Raw Prawn with me

  16. adam 16

    Imperator Fish – Thanks. And if you did get shit covered shoes, I’d be happy to chip in for some new ones.

  17. saveNZ 17

    Right on. Sounds like a great interview.
    Also the new bumper sticker for Simpleton Smith
    Toot to Pollute

  18. Looks like Hoots has been hitting the turps again – he has a tendency to throw a tanty when he’s drunk:

    “just another sanctimonious narcissistic no-nothing leftie greenie”

    https://twitter.com/MatthewHootonNZ/status/560153747897073664

    Do you have her address Hoots?

    A nice article here that underlines the fundamental misogyny that’s come to the fore here with Plunket and Hooton, both of whom have trouble with women with opinions:

    https://overland.org.au/2015/01/on-the-attacks-against-eleanor-catton/

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today announced three diplomatic appointments: Alana Hudson as Ambassador to Poland John Riley as Consul-General to Hong Kong Stephen Wong as Consul-General to Shanghai   Poland “New Zealand’s relationship with Poland is built on enduring personal, economic and historical connections. Poland is also an important ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Major redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School underway
    Work begins today at Wainuiomata High School to ensure buildings and teaching spaces are fit for purpose, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Minister joined principal Janette Melrose and board chair Lynda Koia to kick off demolition for the project, which is worth close to $40 million, as the site ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New expert group appointed to advise Government on Oranga Tamariki
    A skilled and experienced group of people have been named as the newly established Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board by Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis today. The Board will provide independent advice and assurance to the Minister for Children across three key areas of Oranga Tamariki: relationships with families, whānau, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • COVID-19 vaccine slated for possible approval next week
    The green light for New Zealand’s first COVID-19 vaccine could be granted in just over a week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. “We’re making swift progress towards vaccinating New Zealanders against the virus, but we’re also absolutely committed to ensuring the vaccines are safe and effective,” Jacinda Ardern said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New ACC Board members announced.
    The Minister for ACC is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to join the Board of ACC on 1 February 2021. “All three bring diverse skills and experience to provide strong governance oversight to lead the direction of ACC” said Hon Carmel Sepuloni. Bella Takiari-Brame from Hamilton ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Economic boost for Southland marae
    The Government is investing $9 million to upgrade a significant community facility in Invercargill, creating economic stimulus and jobs, Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene have announced.  The grant for Waihōpai Rūnaka Inc to make improvements to Murihiku Marae comes from the $3 billion set ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature projects target iconic ecosystems
    Upscaling work already underway to restore two iconic ecosystems will deliver jobs and a lasting legacy, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.  “The Jobs for Nature programme provides $1.25 billion over four years to offer employment opportunities for people whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 recession. “Two new projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago