Article Title:People too touchy, says Woodham
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:7th November 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2094
Text:Newstalk ZB host Kerre Woodham has struck out at what she calls "overt political correctness" over the furore caused by the Faggs Coffee ads, in which she appears. On her Wednesday night show, Woodham cited several recent incidents where she believed people were getting too "touchy", including complaints about Faggs Coffee where she says her and Gary McCormick are being called homophobic merely for appearing in an advertisement for coffee. The advertisements in question feature both celebrities laughing over a cup of coffee under the headline "Not as Ponsonby as the name suggests" with a tagline of "The great straight coffee – Faggs". When speaking to last week, Woodham said she never used homophobic statements to get a reaction on her show, no matter how quiet her talkback night. "I haven't thought about the politics of homosexuality before, even though I've lived and worked with numbers of gay men and women," she said. "Maybe I should have but its never been really arisen - we were too busy playing to have deep and meaningfuls about our respective sexualities." The following night during a conversation with a caller complaining about the ads, Woodham said she had been contacted by and that it was "patronising" for this website to present a gay community opinion. No questions asked of Woodham by mentioned a consensus of opinion, accused her of being homophobic, or purported to represent the gay community.    
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