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Be careful crossing road, Duff told

Fri 28 Oct 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

Disabled gay comedian Philip Patson has challenged homophobic Once Were Warriors author Alan Duff to walk a mile in his shoes, following comments he made on radio this morning attacking gays and people with disabilities. Duff told National Radio this morning that he was sick of hearing about the rights of minorities, that he didn't care about gays, and that disabled people should get used to the idea that life is unfair. He defined political correctness is a power trip carried out by those who believe in social engineering. Philip Patston is a Billy T award-winning comedian, and founder of the International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers. “Perhaps Mr Duff – or any of his right-wing contemporaries – would volunteer to let me run them over so that they spend the rest of their lives in wheelchairs, unable to access buildings and subject to the same intolerance that they dish out,” he told “Perhaps then they might realise that life is only as unfair as the majority chooses to make it.” “Yes, I may be disabled and gay, and life is undoubtedly unfair, but I still drive a car,” he continued, adding: “And Confucius say, ‘He who once were warrior and say dumb things had better be careful crossing road.'” Auckland Gay   

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First published: Friday, 28th October 2005 - 12:00pm

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