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New Zealand television host Paul Henry resigns after mocking of an Indian name

Paul Henry [ex-host of ‘Breakfast’ in New Zealand

Ex “Shock Jock” of New Zealand television show “Breakfast” TV One (TVNZ) Paul Henry resigns after mocking the name of New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Henry’s comment sparked a diplomatic protest of racism.  His remarks were viewed as insensitive and inappropriate.

Henry remarked, “the dip shit woman. God, what’s her name? Dick Shit. Is it Dick Shit … it looks like ‘Dick Shit’. It’s so appropriate, because she’s Indian, so she’d be dick-in-shit wouldn’t she, do you know what I mean? Walking along the street … it’s just so funny.”

After his comments received national attention, Henry said

“I am astonished and dismayed that my comments have created a diplomatic incident. I walk the finest of lines and accept that I have inadvertently crossed it from time to time. I do not want to be the lightning rod for racial disharmony in this country.” (OneIndia)

“It is also difficult for Television New Zealand to get on with the business of being a first-class broadcaster as long as I remain on the staff … no longer practical in the current environment for me to do the job I was employed to do,” he said in a statement.

New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit surname means “one who has received religious initiation” and it can be kept only by Brahmins, the highest, priestly caste among Indians. To an untrained ear, however, its pronunciation is similar to English profanity. (AP)

New Zealand’s prime minister does not feel the comments of Henry will impact his country’s relationship with India.

“People should recognize that broadcasters and commentators say things all over the world, and if we took offense to those comments all the time, we’d cease to have any diplomatic relations,” New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told reporters.

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