I think I may have to become one of those busybodies who perpetually complains to television networks about TV content.
I say this because I saw something so repulsive while watching the 6pm news that I almost threw my dinner up on my own family. And I had to throw myself on the kids to stop them viewing any more of the horror that unfolded before their eyes.
Note to TVNZ: if you’re going to have an article about Cameron “Whaleoil” Slater as your second piece, at least provide a warning.
I know I go on about Slater too much, but there’s something about his behaviour that gets to me. Such as his grandstanding and attempts to get publicity by breaking the law -allegedly of course. Or the fact that he appears not to care about the fact he effectively “outed” the identity of the alleged victim of the Olympian whose identity has been suppressed.
According to the news report tonight, Slater says most bloggers support his actions. But if he really believes that then he’s delusional. Because you either love him or hate him. Slater has at least as many detractors as supporters – in fact, perhaps more.
Slater appears to be enjoying the notoriety. The fact he is getting such attention appears, in his mind at least, to have justified his stunt. But if notoriety and fame are the only things that matter, then Slater is really little different to the father of “balloon boy”.
Anyway, I appreciate that by writing about the attention-seeking one I’m playing into his hands. But the legal system v Slater thing promises to be compelling viewing.
Just not while I’m eating, thanks.