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Listening to various opponents having a wee rant about Steve Crow’s marketing pitch, made me realise that it now has got political and has moved beyond a publicity stunt.
Steve could claim it was about freedom of expression, but until Politicians got involved and tried to ban the event of moral grounds, that was a hollow claim.
The second a politician stood up along with various other self appointed moral guardians, and said that the event was immoral and should be stopped on that basis, it became about freedom of expression. If the Council and politicians had argued that it was no different from an unlicensed billboard, then the outcome could have been different. A smarted approach would have been a balanced bylaw about commercial advertising masquerading as a public event. Obviously the downside would have been that it would have to be applied evenly and the Santa Parade (plenty of advertising there) would have had some restrictions placed on it… and then once again nanny state is interfering in people having a bit of fun.
Morality is a hugely subjective issue and invariably becomes a political circus.
Steve Crow knows this, and has used it to full effect. Boobs on Bikes opponents are not so smart, they should have stuck to the obvious commercial angle and ignored the moral one, by going down the moral/political path they have allowed Steve to play the ‘freedom of expression’ card because now it is a freedom of expression issue because politicians are trying to restrict somebody doing something, and therefore they can claim to be making a statement about morality… the show will go on.
Ms Casey is also threatening to lie across Queen St with friends to stop the parade.”If the council can’t win and the court can’t win, maybe people power, maybe woman power can …
Dr Casey has really missed the point of what Steve Crow is trying to do.
If she got over her silly feminist-knee-jerk reactions and paused for a moment to think, she’d realise that she is behaving in exactly the way Crow wants someone to react.
Crow needs the self appointed moral guardians and feminazis to scream their heads off, the louder they scream, the better the publicity.
Really Crow is in a win win situation and good luck to him. There’s no doubt this is simply a publicity stunt, but then it’s no more commerical than the Santa Parade which is now a bunch of corporate and business sponsors pushing their wares in the form of logo’s and ‘themed’ floats. I see no difference between the two, or in fact any other event that uses sponsorship.
Steve’s Boobs on Bikes parade is selling sex, the McDonalds float at the Santa Parade is selling hamburgers.
We haven’t seen the Foodnazis get stuck into the Santa Parade just yet, but believe me it’s coming. No doubt we’ll have Sue Kedgley and her mates threatening to lie down in front of floats that promote what they deem to be unhealthy food.
Auckland City has a whole bunch of quite basic issues that Dr Casey could get exercised about. I guess it’s also useful for her to raise her public profile by making a fuss over something that is forgotten in an hour, versus the long hard slog and effort required to fix up the roads and footpaths.
It could be that really both Dr Casey and Steve Crow win out of this, maybe they even have an agreement? Because this sort of superficial event serves the moral majority and feminazis by allowing them to take a public stand and demonstrate their effectiveness to their support base, and Steve to appeal to his (and help promote the Sexpo).
I was impressed at how chilled out Banksie has become, he has kept a low profile over this and this probably demonstrates that he realises that making a fuss just plays to Steve Crow’s audience.
Stopping the parade won’t stop pornography, which has been around since man worked out how to scratch images on the cave wall. And while Dr Casey may have deluded herself into thinking she is going to single-handedly stop pornography by making a stand, she needs to spend 5 minutes on the ‘net to realise she would be better off worrying about the footpaths.
Dr Casey needs to get a life. We live in a free country and if a bunch of people want to drive down Queen Street for 15 minutes without their tops on, then that’s fine by me, you don’t have to watch!
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