GayNZ Logo & Link
Friday 25 April 2014


Air NZ will not remove Nadzeya Ostapchuk joke

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By GayNZ.com Daily News staff - 5th December 2012

Nadzeya-Ostapchuk-1200.jpg
Air New Zealand will not remove a competition joke about disgraced Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, which has been slammed on social media as transphobic.

One of the consolation jokes in its Christmas Cracker promotion on the Grabaseat website read: ''What large heavy ball was responsible for Valerie Adams' gold medal? The Belarusian's left testicle.''

Among the complaints was one from @johubris who tweeted: "This joke is unbelievably offensive, transphobic and just plain unnecessary."

A response from the Grabaseat Twitter account that said, ''Not everyone likes our xmas cracker jokes so tell us your tacky kiwi jokes and we'll add our favourites into the cracker.''

People who have emailed Air New Zealand complaining about the joke have received apologies; however it is not changing the jokes in the promotion.


   Bookmark and Share




 Latest News Headlines

Brosnahan picked up by modelling agency
Jodie Foster marries The L Word actress
Oates' quiz nights making a comeback
Out Takes film festival needs volunteers
Former NZ Ambassador returns to law
Russia looks at compulsory HIV database