A New Zealand TV host, Michael Laws is upset because others are upset at his simple remark that Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand was a “large fat man.” Mr. Laws was surprised that someone of Indian birth could be over weight, since that physical condition if reserved to good white people. “I mean we don’t expect Indians to be begging on the streets of New Delhi, but it’s like Anand discovered the buffet table at all, and he’s never left it.” Laws is shocked that anyone would interpret the remark to be racist, he was trying to point out how the Governor-General was an “unusual shaped man” who would have trouble making a quick get-away if the occasion arose. Station manager, Jana Rongooni was also confused why anyone interpreted the remarks to be offensive. “On Monday morning, Michael Laws made some personal observations about his size which were not racist, and they… were not intended to be offensive.” After Mr. Laws was attacked by the media he defended himself by saying: “I didn’t realize weight was a racial issue, I just said he’s a fat Indian man, which is true. He’s a fat Indian.” Period.
I do not understand why people in New Zealand are upset. Apparently, Mr. Laws goes around calling people, ” a fat Irish lady,” or a “fat Jew boy” or a “fat Roman Catholic priest.” He is definitely an equal opportunity bigot.