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Saturday 10 October 2009

Student mag editor slams 'phobe: "Grow some balls"

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By Daily News Staff - 9th October 2009

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The editor of Albany Student Association's student magazine has written a blistering open letter to an executive member of the ASA who "walked into my office and called someone a 'faggot'."

Blast off: The title of Analiesse Jackson's letter in Satellite

Satellite editor Analiesse Jackson let rip in the latest issue, blasting the unnamed student who she says also "endlessly airs his grievances" in her shared office about a "fat chick" he thinks is interested in him.

"Calling someone a 'faggot', only to laugh about it as well is downright derogatory and insulting to an entire group of people who have spent decades fighting for their rights," she comments.

"Whilst you may argue I have no right to be offended as I don't identify as queer, I know several people who would take great exception to this type of talk.

"It's not the first time you've talked like that in the office either. You, my friend, can take your homophobic sentiments the fuck out of my office," her editorial continued.

"You, after all, are an elected representative, and it is your responsibility to keep your, quite frankly, bigoted comments to yourself.

"I've already expressed to you in no uncertain terms what I think of these comments, but you're pretty unrepentant and that pisses me off," she concludes. "I'd grow some balls if I were you. It's just embarrassing."


Albany Student Association's President was quick to respond to Jackson's printed claims about the executive member today.

"We don't support this person's actions and we have heard both sides of the story," ASA Pres Rawa Karetai said in a statement.

"The person has apologised, the exec has had a disciplinary hearing and we have informed Rainbow Youth," he added.

A formal response letter will be printed in the next fortnight's Satellite issue, says the ASA.

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