Friday, July 27, 2012

Lucia Maggie Barry being tarred and feathered in the media

I'm astounded that what National MP Maggie Barry said in Parliament the other day has exploded in this way.

National MP Maggie Barry's suggestion that a childless Jacinda Ardern can't speak with authority on child laws has been ridiculed on social media.

On Wednesday, in a debate on extending paid parental leave to six months, Ms Barry asked the Labour MP, "How many kids do you have?" and later added: "Don't be so precious, petal."

The comments were mocked on social media, with Twitter users applying Ms Barry's logic to other areas - including whether only the former TV gardening host could talk with authority on an invasion by triffids.

Is Maggie Barry being set upon because of her very strong views against euthanasia?

This has the whiff of a determined character assassination about it.

Related link: Barry mocked for childless snipe ~ NZ Herald

12 comment(s):

scrubone said...

Like I said on Kiwiblog, I thought some of the comments from Labour were vile, it's interesting which one caught pubic, sorry media attention.

Peter A said...

You said: "This has the whiff of a determined character assassination about it."

Nah, just well-deserved mockery for a silly statement which any MP could have made.

Then the illogic of her implication provoked a laff on Twitter ... and so many journos (ahem) are on Twitter it was translated into a 'news story'.

Little fuss over 'no big thang'.

Tomorrow's fish & chip paper.

- P

Lucia Maria said...

Hi Peter,

I just don't think it was a silly statement. Youngish women without children (and who have never looked after any) tend to be the worst know it alls, in my experience.

Hmmm, are most of those journos on Twitter, youngish women without children?

Lucia Maria said...

Scrubone,

I've not seen what the Labour comments were, but I presume it must be like blog commenting, where most things are seen to be fair game - until we get to the sacred cows.

scrubone said...

Well, they made the suggestion that National didn't care about children.

On second thoughts, that's really something we've come to expect so probably a bit of an overreaction.

I must admit that I've seen Ardern on TV a couple of times and she disgusted me on both occasions. I've never been able to see this alleged "beauty" people keep describing her as, I guess I find the inner ugliness overwhelms it.

scrubone said...

So Peter, I assume you're not saying that the character assassination was done on a whim, for a laugh?

Because that sounds a bit sadistic.

Peter A said...

HI - no, I don't see any 'character assassination' but 'disgusted' scrubone's comment about 'inner ugliness' comes close. Jeez.

I'm wondering what clubroom I've stumbled into. What on earth was so precious about what Maggie Barry said?

It was just a put-down of the sort that is spat across the debating chamber almost every session ... the ugly, braying, boarding school type barracking that sours political debate in the Westminster system.

Jeering at your political opposition to 'put them off' is the real 'ugliness'. in my opinion. And certainly not confined to National or Labour.

But 'us and them' thinking is everywhere, I guess.

- P

ZenTiger said...

Jeering at your political opposition to 'put them off' is the real 'ugliness'. in my opinion. And certainly not confined to National or Labour.

The media are as much to blame trying to inflame and extend such ugliness. The SST Editorial reducing the argument against Gay Marriage as either religious zealotry, or bigotry, for example.

Lucia Maria said...

Peter,

There was nothing precious in what Maggie Barry said. Nor was there anything offensive or worthy of mockery, either. To me, it was a fairly benign comment that should not have attracted the notice of most people beyond just the type of thing that is general, parliamentary sparring.

And yet, it created a fire-storm!

We are not National supporters here, btw.

I wrote a post about it because of the media reaction that to what seemed to me was an innocuous comment, made by a woman who is a mother against a woman who is not. I have some sympathy for that position, because I do think even incredibly intelligent women are somewhat clueless when it comes to parenting and children until they've experienced it for themselves. I certainly was!

Favid Darrar said...

Lucia, you have openly displayed prejudice amongst a certain perceived outgroup in your comments above. You are entitled to your opinion, but is the stereotyping necessary?

Favid Darrar said...

Lucia, you have openly displayed prejudice amongst a certain perceived outgroup in your comments above. You are entitled to your opinion, but is the stereotyping necessary?

Lucia Maria said...

Hi Favid,

Err... "certain perceived outgroup"??

You are going to have to be far more specific as to what your problem with my comments is.

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