Posts tagged Will Coxhead
When I first saw this video I thought that it was very cool how once again AirNZ was being innovative in their marketing, while also acknowledging (albeit in a subtle away) that gay flight attendants are a fact of life, and hey, even All Blacks are OK with that (just not OK with kissing a guy).
So here’s that video:
Here’s my issues with this decision:
1) The trivial bit:
It’s NOT a gay kiss! The headlines are all wrong. There never was a kiss. It was a ‘no thanks’ to an offer of a peck on the check. There is actual no proper kiss in the whole video, there is only an air-kiss between a female flight attendant, and an All Black.
2) The main issue
The scene was cut due to complaints from members of the gay community. So what? I am gay and think it’s great! Will (the flight attendant ) is gay and thinks it’s great too. So yeah, let’s ignore those other silly gay folk shall we?
But wait, it was also reported that:
The complaints included a suggestion that the scene could lead to gay male suicides, The Dominion Post reported.
So they SUGGEST that it could lead to gay male suicide. Well I for one think it’s AWESOME to show an out and proud gay man interacting with an All Black (flirting with him even) and saying ‘Hey we think this is just a part of NZ life, so we will show it on our safety video’.
Kiwiblog got the headline right with: Political Correct Wins again. CRAZY!
I don’t really blame AirNZ for this, although I would love it if they would stick up for their rights (and mine) on this one and challenge the gay complainants to prove their claims, or even better have a public debate about it, and agree to honour the outcome/decision. I’d be in to argue for the affirmative team (ie the kiss does more good than bad). The people who should feel ashamed here are the anonymous complainants – well done guys, you have now removed a positive gay model from the eyes of young gay men. Home goal me thinks.
Black and White Version: AirNZ is coo,l, their marketing is cool. Being gay is cool. Showing gay people in their video is cool. Turning down a kiss is cool too (if done respectfully) but complaining about it is NOT cool.