Another Herald Gossip columnist with strong National Party links, Pebbles Hooper, created a stir yesterday on Twitter by suggesting that the tragic death of an Ashburton mum and her three children was “natural selection”. Although the causes of their death are known the police are still investigating the incident. Police think the carbon monoxide poisoning they suffered from occurred because the mother left a car running to charge up its battery. Fumes entered the house and overcame everyone. The incident has the hallmarks of a simple yet tragic mistake.
It is not unknown for mother’s (or fathers) to have momentary lapses and this tragic example from Whanganui shows that talented health professionals for instance are not immune from making mistakes.
But Hooper obviously does not tolerate any sort of human frailty. Although she should reflect on herself because she has displayed human frailty in abundance. Firstly she managed to conclude the tragic Ashburton incident is evidence of human frailty, then confused the situation by claiming that the children’s deaths were part of natural selection without knowing anything about them, then thought about tweeting this, then tweeted it even thought she knew she would “get major slack for this”. She subsequently tweeted that she was “not looking to be controversial or outrageous” which suggests that her prediction levels and her compassion levels are non existent.
Twitter responded appropriately and here are a few gems:
Who's Pebbles Hooper and why would she think saying it was basically a good thing that poor woman & kids died? Like what kind of person?
— Richard Hills (@richardhills777) July 4, 2015
Scariest thing abt Pebbs tweet is that must be acceptable talk in the company she keeps. Urgh. Compassion bypass. #PebblesHooper
— Abbie Jury (@Tikorangi) July 4, 2015
Can we test case Pebbles Hooper for the new hate speech law? Pls.
— paul le comte (@five15design) July 4, 2015