NIBs to Air NZ for fanning flamers
In a rare piece of original reporting this week, this blog exposed some fairly cynical gay-baiting on the part of Air New Zealand. It earns the national carrier the third ever NIBs award for Noteworthy Irredeemable Bullshit, a weekly recognition of especially egregious examples of cant, hypocrisy and mendacity in the public square (the previous winners are here and here).
It started with my dubious take on the story of the All Blacks in-flight safety video being the subject of “gay community” complaints.
In response, Air NZ told me directly that the video was pulled out of concerns regarding “gay male suicide”, a remarkable escalation.
After receiving a copy of the original media statement, it becomes clear that this issue was actively fluffed by the airline in a craven piece of gay-baiting for publicity’s sake.
I summarised the whole debacle here.