Having been reminded of this excellent neologism by Dolan at Just Left, it’s occurred to me that a similar affliction can be seen among the denizens of the NZ blogosphere.
Now, there are certain wings of that ‘sphere which are well-known for their wingnuttery and general tendency to fly off the handle, and those I won’t dwell upon. But in the past week or so I’ve seen a couple of examples from sources of which I’d expect a bit more.
First, and most egregious, Tim Selwyn’s rabid attack on Christopher Pryde, the NZ lawyer who has taken the post of Fijian Attorney-General. I can’t excerpt most of it, but here’s one of the politer sections:
He deserves to be summarily executed and/or tortured in the same way other victims of the military have under the aegis of his protection – that is the fate he courts. Let that day come soon.
Perhaps Tim’s purpose is to try and finesse a gag lawsuit. Not to criticise the fundamental point Tim is making – that Pryde is an opportunistic illegal-dictatorship-supporting hack, a discredit to his profession and his country – but the degree of invective here is simply over the top. The point would have been better made in more measured tones; as it stands, the personal attacks detract from the real reasons for condemning him, and make Pryde look like the victim of a character assassination attempt.
Second, The Standard’s response to the offensive and moronic smear ‘Nanny State’ with an even more offensive and moronic smear, the ‘Stepfather State’ characterised as distant, violent, self-indulgent and misogynistic, which originated in a comment on Colin Espiner’s blog:
Stepfather Stateâ€™s taken over.
Our new parent likes to keep his distanceâ€¦he usually comes home after work at the officeâ€¦but only for a quick bite to eatâ€¦he ignores the kids, yells at the Mrs and kicks the dog on the way out to the club to meet his business mates for a few bevviesâ€¦most nights he gets to ogle/grope the pole dancerâ€¦and then drives home a â€œbit p!ssedâ€ (itâ€™s his right you know)â€¦then a quick grope with either the Mrs or himself and a zzzzzzâ€¦
This resulted in the commentariat falling over themselves to invent yet more offensive and moronic characterisations in a bizarre competition to see which side could be more bigoted. Worst offender, the usually-sensible vto:
Or a bit like the smaller step-brother, the maori party.
â€œOur new bro likes to get in your faceâ€¦he has no work but comes home pissedâ€¦but only for some eggsâ€¦he ignores the bitch, yells at the other bitch and kicks the kids on the way back to the pub to meet his mates still more bevvies and some Pâ€¦most nights he gets to ogle/grope the fat slag behind the barâ€¦and then smashes some innocent person walking home, gets picked up by the pigs and ends up with his mates in the klinkâ€¦ no gropes of his missus now so has to play with himself, which comes naturally to him being a labour voterâ€
What the hell?