Tuesday 5 October 2010

Sheila Dikshit gets Kiwi presenter in the shit

Delhi's chef minister, 72-year-old Sheila Dikshit, sometimes known as Sheila "Dixit" (pronounced Dix-hit), has been the subject of heated debate as New Zealand television presenter Paul Holmes, used every opportunity to play with an English version of the minister's name.

Dikshit is the minister in charge of India's Commonwealth Games.

In 2003, Paul Holmes exploded with a racist jibe at United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, calling him a “Cheeky Darkie.”

“When do the United Nations actually do anything? When do they actually do anything except get paid well ... get off a plane and sit on their jacksons?" Holmes said. "That Kofi Annan, I've got to say to you, has been a very cheeky darkie overnight. He's been a very cheeky darkie. It's all very well giving a darkie that secretary-general job but we'll only take so much [laughs] I'm sorry, we will only take so much."

He appologised the following day, but it wasn't received well.

His latest outburst has again engraged the public. The carry on comes as Kiwi breakfast TV presenter Paul Henry made comments about the Governor General. Henry asked Prime Minister Key if New Zealand-born Sir Anand Satyanand was "even a New Zealander" and whether the PM would pick someone who "looked and sounded more like a New Zealander next time."

It's interesting that we give so much energy and debate to such things, whilst all the time allow more and more explicit violence and graphic murders on our televisions.

Here's the discussion on 3AW yesterday...

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