Stuff co.nz 30 March 2016
Family First Comment: “University of Otago political scientist Bryce Edwards says the outcry over Wicked Campers is unique, in that it has united Kiwis with very different political beliefs. Conservatives are upset about the “lewd and rather non-family-friendly messages out there in the community”, while liberals are concerned by the misogynistic and sexist jokes on the Wicked vehicles. “That is quite interesting – normally you don’t have the likes of Family First in sync with feminists and other liberal activists.” Edwards says National’s campaign against Wicked could help to boost the party’s modern image, showing it standing up against “old-fashioned” attitudes and “beyond the pale” humour.”
Or…. maybe we’re just giving the politicians some backbone!!
Wicked Campers isn’t short of enemies at the moment, but their most powerful opponent is undoubtedly the Government.
The campervan rental company’s offensive paint jobs have caught the eye of National MPs and ministers, who are working together to put an end to the explicit images and slogans.
The party’s politicians have taken to the airwaves to decry Wicked, while exploring how local council bylaws, the chief censor’s office and even credit card guidelines could be used to stop the company from offending Kiwis.
So what’s in it for National, and why have they taken such a strong stance?
University of Otago political scientist Bryce Edwards says the outcry over Wicked Campers is unique, in that it has united Kiwis with very different political beliefs.
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