Friday, December 18, 2009

Cliff: hate speech, not free speech

I had a giggle reading this little rant by Micheal Trapido. I don't like Gareth Cliff or Micheal Trapido because they are both so damn politically correct it's actually boring. As far as I'm concerned they can have a go at each other as much as they like. Heh heh.

Mantombazana ‘Manto’ Edmie Tshabalala-Msimang was a South African politician who will, no doubt, be remembered for her controversial policies on HIV-Aids while Minister of Health under President Thabo Mbeki.

Unquestionably she drew fire from many quarters with some even calling for her to be held accountable for the deaths that resulted from those policies.

She was also a human being, a wife, a friend and someone who had made a lifelong contribution towards the liberation of South Africa.

Her personal battle with her health ended on the 16th of December and there are millions of South Africans who are aware of the debt that they owed Manto for their freedom long before the issue over health ever came along.

Having said that and save for a few extreme examples - Hitler being one - to publically tell people that someone’s death is “good riddance” is not the work of a shock-jock it’s that of a moron.

“Manto is dead. Good. A selfish and wicked bungler of the lowest order. Rotten attitude and rancid livers - all three of them…” - Gareth Cliff

Perhaps Cliff, aware of the anger towards Manto over health, miscalculated the backlash that his Tweet would bring or possibly he just fired it off without thinking. Regardless, at the very least, he owes a public apology, at worst, a new CV to look for another job.

This is not free speech, this is hate speech, about someone who cannot defend herself and goes way beyond insensitive.

When Johannesburg shock-jock Majota Khambule (Phat Joe) made what were perceived by some as disparaging remarks about Caster Semenya, primarily whether she had testicles instead of testes and whether she had ever had a period, he was given his marching orders.

Those observations were not even in the same division as Cliff’s ridiculous outburst.

Moreover it is disingenuous of the broadcaster to suggest that Cliff’s Tweet was private and as such they cannot take action.

As one of their frontline DJs everything that he says carries their brand and requires their response where necessary.

No doubt they will soon learn that they can’t duck the bullet on this one.

5 Opinion(s):

John G Kerlen said...

Free speech is free speech, if someone deems it as hate speech that's their take on it, it's still speech however it's still free.. She deserved to die. I make no apologies for that statement. Karma is a bitch but it seeks out justice in the strangest of ways.

Let's wet our pants because her family is suffering over Christmas, what of all those people who may have had an extra Christmas with a loved one because they'd received prompt and effective treatment for their illness?

Tim Johnston said...

Nobody has only just decided to hate her now because of Gareth Cliff's outburst. Ergo not hate speech!


Just look at the total mess the state healthcare has become. Pisscat Manto was at the helm of this ship for 9 years.If one would have a competition of which individual has contributed most to stuff up South Africa beyond recognition Manto would for sure be in the top 5 places.If hell has a healthcare system the devil will do well to keep her far away from it.

Sakkie de Kok said...

Trapido is a contemptible little arsewipe who has his head right up the ANC´s collective arse.
This liberal prick is jumping on the latest liberal bandwagon, "hate speech", which encompasses anything that remotely criticises liberal and anti-white policy.
As we all know, it´s law now in America as well as several European countries, and it won´t be long before the blacks in SA see the benefits of beating down free speech with this newly acquired weapon.
Free speech is well and truly dead.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for him, she won't be remembered by me at all.

Manto who? Isn't Manto the singular form of Bantu?