Links 8 July 2020

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Leith van Onselen

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  1. haroldusMEMBER

    Class A non-apology, bloke.

    I’m sorry that you chose to take offence at my words, wot I didn’t know wot they meant anyway.

    The Sea Eagles organised an in-house club interview with Fonua-Blake on Tuesday afternoon, but the forward insists he didn’t understand the meaning of the words “spastic” and “retard” when he used them.

    “I do now, but at the time I didn’t,” Fonua-Blake said when asked if he knew the meaning of what he was saying.

    “Growing up I used the word differently, not knowing what it actually meant. Now that I know what it means, I’m very apologetic. I do not mean any harm or mean to use it in a derogatory type of way to offend anyone.

    (bbm)

    “If I have offended anyone, I am very sorry.”

    “I offer support to anyone that was offended by my words….”

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/i-don-t-make-fun-of-disabled-people-fonua-blake-faces-hefty-fine-20200707-p559yb.html

    • haroldusMEMBER

      Also, I have to point out, the context in which he used the words was specifically “in a derogatory type of way”.

      He was blowing up at a ref, and in the tunnel after. He wasn’t calling them a spastic or retard in a positive sense.

      And the fact it’s Manly does make this whole brouhaha more enjoyable.

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        Yes, it’s amazing how people who quite clearly used a word intending it to be offensive, apparently can’t understand why people were offended.

    • I hate all this trial by public opinion nonsense. I mean if you say soemthing like that own it. I would, I would use retard or spastic with intent. Just like in Tropic Thunder when they joke about going full retard. Who gives a shyte if someone gets upset?

      I know he’s been forced to apologise and what not. But what’s the point in an apology unless you actually mean it. I don’t use those terms with malicious intent to those people with disabilities. It’s just nomenclature I use to insult someone for acting a pillock. Sue me.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        I’ve enjoyed using the word Spastic 1000s of times but never to address or refer to an actually disabled person.
        It’s kinda like the word Cnvt, another word I’ve used 1000s of times,…but never in reference to women or their,…“Lady bits”
        Both words used together are only ever directed at my beloved friends and family when they perform some kind of hilarious fall or foible.
        People need to chill the Fk out.

      • Oh, that’s a paddlin…. the outrage brigade will firebomb your Twitter account momentarily…

        • Jokes on them, because although I’m sure I have a Twitter account somewhere. I never use it.

      • Hadron CollisionMEMBER

        No worries, next time you’re in corporate employ, deploy those words at all and sundry.

        Report back !

        • There are things you can do in an office and there are things you can’t. Haha.

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