New Zealand community not laughing at local comic

September 18, 2011 by J-Wire Staff
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A New Zealand comedian joined in the criticism of the poor handling of Auckland public transport for the World Rugby tournament by suggesting that the job be given to Addidas – “a nice German company. They should know how to loads thousands on to trains”.

Raybon Kan

Raybon Kan’s comment followed the traffic chaos caused by the inability of Auckland’s transport system to handle the crowds attending the opening World Cup match in Auckland.

Kan had tweeted that his comment was anti-Nazi and that he was not making fun of the Holocaust victims.

But president of the New Zealand Jewish Council, Stephen Goodman, told J-Wire: “His comments were to see the least disappointing. But even more disappointing is his lack of desire to want to know why they are so upsetting and the absence of any remorse.”



3 Responses to “New Zealand community not laughing at local comic”
  1. Shirlee says:

    I have come across antisemitism a few times from NZ unfortunately

    There was the case of a radio host, I think it was. I have had a couple of run ins with Matt McCarten of the NZ Herald. He’s very racist and antisemitic. I contacted the Editor of the paper, who never had the decency to reply. I also contacted a few Community organisations and was told not to rock the boat

  2. Lindsay THORPE says:

    Extremely insensive of him.

    One way of getting him to understand might be to ask him how he feels about the Japanese invasions of Korea and China during WWII and the subsequent murder on racial grounds of people there.

    Did Adidas profit from the Shoah? Or is he just picking out a German company to target?

  3. Lynne Newington says:

    New Zealand has a mixed population of decent people of all religious pursuasions, he must be a “ring in”.

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