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I haven’t had nearly enough sleep for the Herald’s bullshit.

Splashed across the front page of the New Zealand Herald’s website right now is the headline Robyn Malcolm’s vitriolic PM attack.

So, as I see it, Robyn Malcolm, who has been prominent in the past year, politically, with the Hobbit debacle, and the anti-mining campaign, was the MC at the Green’s campaign launch. She was  political and forthright, and pretty funny.

…We have a leader who seems to be more interested in talking about his cats on the radio, being seen at the rugby and getting on the cover of the Women’s Weekly. I thought that was my job.

An unshakeable and abiding love of fossil fuels … and an inability to follow through on promises of any kind, but will make anything up for a Hollywood mogul should they happen to come down this way.

Gosh! Someone at a campaign launch criticised the man standing to lead this country! Less than three weeks out from the election. Someone had the temerity to joke about him appearing on the cover of trashy magazines.

But of course, she’s also a woman. So any criticism was of course “vitriolic” and “a savaging”.

Hey, Adam Bennett, you missed some words. Uppity. Shrill. Bitch. Shrew. Snippy. Harpy. Strident. Any combination thereof. I have some special words for you, too. Here at TLG, we actually welcome loud, outspoken women. And I just have one question for Robyn Malcolm – when you gonna stand yourself?


16 responses to “I haven’t had nearly enough sleep for the Herald’s bullshit.

  1. Rebecca November 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Good on Robyn…exactly what I was thinking! John Key is more interested in his own PR than the welfare of his poorest citizens…about time someone actually said it!

  2. Oliver (@viricapnity) November 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Also screeching. But I still think strident is a good thing, at least potentially. The bad connotation comes from its use as a term of abuse by people who think forthright women are an abomination.

  3. tallulahspankhead November 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Meanwhile, Sean Plunket asks “Should Robyn Malcolm get involved in politics? Or stick to acting?”

    Why should someone’s career exclude them from being involved from politics? Why shouldn’t she be involved in the party she clearly believes in? And why shouldn’t she use her profile, formed through being good at what she does, to that end?

    And, if she shouldn’t, why don’t we hear the same criticism of George Clooney. Or Bono?

  4. Craig Ranapia November 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Back on Planet Earth: Organic free-range red meat thrown out to the base at Green campaign launch. Build a bridge and tell the resident trolls to get the fuck over this pathetic not-news.

    Other not-news: Citizen in a democracy criticises the Prime Minister of the day. Put out tenders for another bridge and start recruiting more trolls…

  5. Hugh November 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    “I would also point out that just because it “happens to men to!” doesn’t excuse anything.”

    It doesn’t, Tallulah, but you were the one who explicitly brought up the comparison to male celebs, not me.

    • tallulahspankhead November 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Because I do think the rhetoric is different: Men: “you’re an actor, what would you know”. Women: you’re an actress*, what would you know, and this isn’t your place anyway.”

      * And I can point you to several comments on the internet this week where the person has explicitly pointed out that they refuse to use the gender-neutral actor, and gone with actress.

      • Hugh November 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        I have never actually met a female actor who was comfortable with the term “actress”. It’s possible that it originally wasn’t entirely unwelcome but it certainly seems to be now.

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