For those of you who haven't seen it - and are interested - here's Paul Henry having a go at British singer Susan Boyle.

Meanwhile the complaints have flooded in to both TVNZ and the Human Rights Commission. and the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Special Olympics New Zealand have also blasted Henry. Chairman David Rutherford said using retard' to describe intellectually disabled people was as hurtful as racial slurs like 'nigger' and 'kike'.

Once again this incident raises questions about the ethics of a so-called public broadcaster that has consistently failed to take any decisive action against Henry in the past.

Does Henry persist with his boorish and offensive behaviour because he knows that his employer has neither the guts or the will to sack him?

Already TVNZ's response has been derisory.

TVNZ spokeswoman Megan Richards said she was unable to comment on the complaints as they were 'going through the usual process'.

This was exactly the same limp response that TVNZ deemed appropriate when Henry made insulting remarks about Greenpeace activist Stephanie Mills.

That resulted in Henry getting slapped over the wrist with a wet bus ticket.

It looks like TVNZ is setting itself up to do absolutely nothing again.


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