Thursday, October 20, 2022

Mike Hosking: Creative New Zealand's week gets worse

Creative New Zealand having been stung badly for their behaviour this week.

Having been embarrassed by an embarrassed Prime Minister who went and usurped them for easy political points, they have "spoken out."

This is Shakespeare and the funding they rejected because of the "cannon of imperialism." First point, who speaks like that? The "cannon of imperialism?"

What condescending tosh.

So the application is in and it gets rejected for the first time in over a decade. It's not Māori or Polynesian, it's some white pom we are no longer interested in. It doesn’t fit the agenda of the day.

Ah, the agenda of the day. As dictated by the Government in increasing areas of our lives whether we like it or not.

From Māori names for everything from agencies, to reports, to news bulletin phraseology, to appointments, to rules, to democracy itself.

As Willie Jackson keeps telling us "democracy has changed."

But despite the fact they have engineered this new New Zealand, as we draw ever closer to the election, they sniff the wind and read the polls, the politician in the Prime Minister takes over. Sensing an easy victory, she abandons her agenda to get a few dollars out of another department to fix the problem.

Now, to be fair to Creative New Zealand, I don’t know whether they embraced this new agenda, and hence their issues with Shakespeare, or if they were dragged kicking and screaming, but they are the ones with egg on their faces.

They bleat now that they don’t hate Shakespeare in victim mode. It's just they don’t have enough money to fund everything. Everyone wants money and they have to make decisions. Yes they do, but that is, in fact, the model they have always followed.

And their general dilemma of too many applications not enough money is not new and the plight of virtually everyone that hands out money.

But, as well as pleading poor, they also had a crack at the commentary and feedback they got. In that, they sadly fell into that other new fad we have going these days, saying everything is racist.

If you bagged them you are racist, they didn’t like it.

I don’t blame them, but in arguing that what they did was wrong does not make you a racist. Taking them to task as yet another agency becomes immersed in the new obsession does not make you a racist.

Too many debates are shut down these days with the old racism call. You haven't swallowed this hook, line, and sinker? What a racist.

No, we are not racist. In this case we simply called out stupidity and a blind version of it. What they did was woke, pompous nonsense.

Good news is, for once, the pushback worked.

Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently hosts The Mike Hosking Breakfast show on NewstalkZB on weekday mornings.


Robert Arthur said...

There are now so many non practical tertiary courses available a new convoluted language has been introduced to pad out content, give the students something to keep them occupied, and convey an air of superiority. It now pervades much govt communication and is especially used by Council staff to bamboozle councillors and public. Extensively used for matters maori influenced so the readers do not appreciate what is being inflicted on them. Also just as freemasons tend to favour freemasons, RCs RCs , homosexuals the same etc, a means of identifying like minded souls at employment interviews thus ensuring the culture grows. To one brought up extensively on the straight English of Churchill all very tedious. The Plain Language Bill shows promise but I suspect will just lead to more te reo instead, as, weirdly, that is exempt.

Anonymous said...

If we have to legislate for "plain language" then something's gone horribly wrong.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm OK with 'racist'. There's 'stupid' and 'woke, - what about 'fawning?' Oh, there is no shortage of words in this wonderfully rich language we call 'English' - but which is, of course an amalgam of the expression of countless tribes of human beings down the ages (steady on). Yes, there is racism - what there is NOT, is 'reverse racism' - just racism! inside outside upside-down racism. Creative NZ's decision was racist.