Update: If you’re looking for an official statement, here’s one my lovely wife wrote, which is far more articulate than I could ever be:
Paul Henry’s comment made me very uncomfortable as a New Zealander, and I don’t wish to associate, or be associated with people who make such comments. Although I doubt that my actions will in anyway influence someone such as Paul Henry, I do not wish to appear to condone his perspectives by my inaction.
I’ve just sent an email to the producers of TVNZ Breakfast, resigning my post as a regular gadget and tech presenter. It’s something I’ve loved doing more than you can imagine, both in terms of personal promotion, and the steady stream of incredibly cool technology I play with.
Bear in mind that I’ve been blogging about gadgets and tech for 7 or 8 years, and the Breakfast segment is an extension of that, not the cause.
So when I read this morning that a Breakfast presenter has made yet another trolling statement (this time barely veiled racism), I decided I’ve had enough. Previously I’ve had to be circumspect about my responses to his statements, but I’m fucking sick of it. I love our multicultural, vibrant country to death, and anyone who would like to foment racism simply for a laugh or to get more viewers can take a jump.
For the record: I think Paul is an intelligent guy who does an incredibly difficult job making up crap to say for 2.5 hours every morning, with producers talking in his ear. This makes his comments even more abhorrent in my mind: I believe it’s premeditated.
I’ll carry on blogging and reviewing gadgets as I did before Breakfast, but with a clearer conscience. If anyone wants tech or gadget commentary online or on TV, just drop me a line.
And of course if Paul Henry moves on I’d be happy to work with the wonderful team and producers at Breakfast again.