Video: New Zealand TV Host Resigns Over Racial Jesting

Paul Henry on New Zealand TV show mocking Indian official's name.

A New Zealand TV show host backed himself into a corner with the wrong pronunciation of a East Indian official’s name, but couldn’t figure out how to get out of it.  His co-host and others in the studio are trying to signal him to just drop it, but he just kept going with the giggles.  He couldn’t control himself and the laughter just poured out of him till he was in the middle of a pink slip.

The host, Paul Henry, is the state broadcaster for Television New Zealand.  The incident started over a mispronunciation, but then it grew into Henry in uncontrollable laughter making a mockery of the name of New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, which is pronounced Dik-sit.  You don’t want to know what he changed her name to “because she’s Indian.”  It got really ugly.  Check out his co-workers as he runs with this foolishness that set off a “diplomatic protest of racism,” according to the Huffington Post.

Check it out.

-J.C. Brooks

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