Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Heather du Plessis-Allan: The actions of the protesters ceded the moral high ground to Posie Parker

Tell you what surprises me today; it's the apparent lack of self-awareness from key members of that protest against Posie Parker at the weekend. 

Max Tweedie from Pride Auckland – who wasn’t one of the organisers I believe, but did support the protest – had it put to him in an interview this morning that it was an ugly scene.

And he said, no it wasn’t ugly- there was a lot of joy, a lot of celebration, support for trans communities, and this is what happens when you spread hate and division.

Mate, that was ugly.

By any objective critique of what happened, that was ugly.

I watched videos of a drag queen shoving an old man around the head and of a short angry guy punch an old lady in the face more than once.

That's ugly, and that is unacceptable.

Those protestors who behaved like that ceded the moral high ground to Posie Parker, and that is saying a lot given how obnoxious she is.

But she has it. Because she might be hurtful and obnoxious, but they were violent and that is always worse.

Max Tweedie’s inability to see how ugly that was suggests to me that there are some in that protest group who think that they have a free pass on bad behaviour because they’re on the right side of the argument. It doesn’t work like that.

The ends do not justify the means. You don’t get to use violence just because you’re right.

Personally, I had no time for Posie Parker, because I don’t agree with a lot of what she’s saying. But now I also have no time for the protest groups either, because I don’t support what they did, how they represented our country and their lack of contrition. 

So to Max and everyone else who was there who doesn’t want to admit it to themselves, that was ugly at the weekend. 

Heather du Plessis-Allan is a journalist and commentator who hosts Newstalk ZB's Drive show.


Anonymous said...

To me looking from a distance it was well done a faît acompli on Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull part.

Not only did she shine a light on the bad ugly behaviour of drag queens and the like but also on this appalling government, both very ugly.

I completely understand her point of view all credit to her. Kelly-Jay will receive sponsorship from the US and the UK by wealthy women who support this cause.

Shame on you Heather for not being able to work this out. Tough titties.

Rob Beechey said...

How many times do we watch our brown nosing parasitic politicians dressed in gay livery playing “we are one” with the rainbow mob on their big day out?
Will their violent intolerance to others still attract the same political posers?

Anonymous said...

In other words at the end of the day the Greens got shafted and the trans riduculised themselves. Kudos to Kellie-Jay.

Davi said...

So just how is Keane-Minshull obnoxious heather ? I would have thought her advocating for women would be agreeable to you. Is stating the obvious - that men claiming to be women are plainly ludicrous and have no place in women's sports teams or toilets. You can try to deny biological reality all you want but it will not change your chromosomes. Yes, some people genuinely feel they are in the wrong body but for a huge majority this desire to morph into the opposite sex or some animal by simply saying they identify with being XXX (you fill the blanks) is pathetic. Perhaps the best way for these unfortunate souls is to undertake counselling to get at the root of their problem.

Anonymous said...

Regrettably New Zealand is now subject to mob rule. Think Salem Witch hunts or the French Revolution.

Anonymous said...

Yes, usually I agree with you Heather, but not on this occasion. Please tell us how Kellie-Jay was obnoxious? I'll admit, she did get a bit expletive laden, but that was perhaps understandable in the circumstances. I'm assuming you think she was obnoxious in her other views? Have you researched what she's actually said, or are you just spreading the disinformation like much of the media? Or is it a vernacular thing, that anything said by someone about identity politics that is not what you agree with, automatically make it "obnoxious"?

Anonymous said...

Heather you are sitting on a barbed-wire fence. Posie's message is about women having their own spaces and not sharing with people who are biological males. If that is to be condemned by you then can we expect you to soon be talking about pregnant people and chest feeders?
I understand you need to keep onside with your employer and the trans movement but no need to promote their lies.
And I don't give a s..t about PP but as a nation we lost something on Saturday. Quite a few somethings actually.

DeeM said...

Oops, Heather has fallen into the trap of verbally abusing someone without backing up her claims. Just like the MSM!

Looks like Heather's gone a bit woke.
Maybe she has a large transgender audience and doesn't want to lose them.

Ross said...

Like others have said Heather, what is wrong with speaking up for women? As I wrote on Bryce's piece, Saturday showed that most in the media and political class now seem to think trans rights are superior to woman's rights --that is what defending Saturday's disgraceful episode, tells me.

I think you should read what your colleague, Rachel Smalley has to say. An extremely well written piece, backed up with real evidence.

Anonymous said...

Agree with all of the above! Are you saying what you really think Heather - or going with the crowd? Shame.

Terry Morrissey said...

Sorry Heather but I really think that you should have your medication checked or start smoking something less mind altering. Or maybe go to the toilet with a fully eqipped pretend female.
If Tweedie's idea of joy and celebration is to beat the crap out of an older lady, he has just shown he is as much a psycopath as the rest of the violent protestors.
And what about the fruit loops protesting in Wellington and Christchurch when the lady was no where near them.
Posie 3 Trans NIL

Anonymous said...

I find the author to be quite woke most of the time. DPA tries to represent both sides. They don't have a point of view DeeM.

mudbayripper said...

Please explain Heather. Just exactly the views she has, that you disagree with. I have always admired your usual ballsy confrontation to woke.
I'm mystified.

mudbayripper said...

Sorry. Pun unintended.