Pedophile to enjoy job opportunities, and a guaranteed pay check in NZ with Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders? Yup

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Stevie Nicks is playing three shows in New Zealand in the coming months with the Pretenders opening. Sounds kind of cool, but I’d have to wonder why someone like Chrissie Hynde, or Stevie Nicks, or anybody with morals for that matter, would want to play music, tour countries, or even be in the same room with somebody convicted of possessing and duplicating child pornography.

Yeah, the current guitarist in Stevie Nicks’ touring band (due in NZ in a new weeks), Robert “Waddy” Wachtel took his computer to get repairs and a technician found child porn within and called the police. The police then raided Waddy’s home and found that “he had a computer with child pornography,” said a detective with the juvenile sex crimes unit.

Also, printed, duplicated copies of the photos were found in his home.

This man should have lost his career, or whatever was left of it. But not only did Stevie Nicks think he was the best person to take Lindsey Buckingham’s proverbial place on the guitar, he seems to be having no trouble popping in and out of different countries as the tour necessitates – including most recently Australia and New Zealand. Quite the life. He hasn’t touched down in NZ yet, their first date isn’t for another two weeks, but seems to have slipped under the radar in Australia at least.

I think it shows an incredibly shocking disregard to not only Waddy’s victims, but all victims of pedophilia and abuse, that he can stand on stage like some idol every night with a living legend, his hair swimming in the wind while he cranks out the most impressive notes and licks on his guitar, lapping up the crowd’s applause and adulation from his solo spot. This abuser gets to go back to his paid-for hotel suite, check his emails, probably some other stuff, and go to bed comfortably thinking “Wow, I blew those people’s minds tonight, what a great gig!”, and get paid a few grand for an hour and a half’s work.  I wonder how many parents of abused children might go along to the gig for a fun night out without even realising they’re supporting an abuser.

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I think, considering recent events in the media, and considering our new PM’s progressive stance, we shouldn’t let him in the country. It’s not about how big a celebrity he is (or isn’t), it’s about a known pedophile utilising our country ‘s resources to make money. No one should be exempt, we can’t just focus on the people who might get more clicks – ala Spacey, Weinstein et al.

People, specifically entertainers -even more specifically black entertainers – have been barred entry in to NZ for less. Much less.

Odd Future were banned entirely from entering the country to perform a sold-out concert with Eminem at Western Springs – 55,000 odd tickets sold. Reasons cited were that fans had allegedly rioted at their concerts before. Ironic considering one of NZ’s most beloved performers, Dave Dobbyn, is most infamous for apparently sparking the Queen St Riots. If you’re seriously worried about your community sparking a riot at a concert, maybe the problem is in the heads of those weak enough to do so. I could stand up and shout “RIOT!” out my window now, and if anyone was dumb enough to go looting they should be held accountable.

Beenie Man was dropped from the Big Day Out festival line up in 2010 because of his homophobic lyrics. A single person complained, Jay Bennie, who wasn’t even attending the festival. I don’t condone homophobia in the slightest, nor am I defending anyone who uses such bigoted language- but I can appreciate the oddball, offensive, insanity of early Eminem songs, for example, which do admittedly contain words like “homo” and “fag”. One of Eminem’s best mates is Elton John, so I doubt he has any true disinclination towards gay people. However, I have zero, zero, lenience for abusing people, children especially. It’s never funny, or clever, or artistic, or interesting. Beenie Man was also again dropped from the NZ Raggamuffin line up in 2014 for similar reasons as the Big Day Out.

Mike Tyson, who now does one-man shows sharing how he quit drugs and turned his life around, has been repeatedly barred from entering NZ where he had planned to speak at a charity event. Most recently, in 2012, being granted a visa, only to have it revoked after a complaint from a single Life Education Trust volunteer – which, ironically, was always the organisation that came to talk to us at school about drugs and alcohol, and whom Tyson had agreed to donate a portion of his earnings from his time in NZ to.  The reasoning being that he was convicted of rape in 1992, which he denies, and is raft with controversial evidence. He was only supposed to be in the country for 20 hours.

But hey, I hope our happy, white pedophile Robert “Waddy” Wachtel has a great couple weeks here in New Zealand playing to stadium crowds, no doubt lapping up all the perks and benefits that come with being in a rock band touring both our beautiful islands, fresh from Australia. I’m sure those unaware will want photos with him, autographs, he might even receive some cool, free NZ merch. Contrarily, his victims lives are irreparably damaged, but he has not only gotten away with it, he is thriving.

It is now, when victims are gaining more and more courage to speak out, that we need to put our foot down and say no, it’s no ok, WE don’t want you here. Regardless of skin colour, or social or financial status. If I happened to see him in Real Groovy the next few weeks flipping through albums on a day off, I would drop him in a second.

 

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Brian the seismologist

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“I made my lenses out of my hair”

In the wake of America’s harrowing election results (let’s be honest, it would have been pretty harrowing either way), New Zealand got it’s own taste of an, albeit watered down, Trump-like ego. More of a reminder than a taste, actually. ‘Bishop’ Brian Tamaki and his Destiny church have always been a good source of entertainment for anyone centered enough to not let his frankly ridiculous hate speech bother them. More of a ‘check out what he’s said now’ kinda guy – like Trump was when the joke about him running was still a joke.

But, following New Zealand’s 7.8 earthquake which has left many small towns stranded without direct access to aid, he went a little too far. I like to believe that generally us Kiwis don’t care what you do as long as it’s not hurting anyone, so when Brainless Tamaki made the ‘yuge’ call that gays were to blame for the plates shifting we all got really pissed. Our friends, our teachers, sports coaches, mums, dads, brothers, sisters, are gay. Don’t you dare, especially at such a time, go and spread this isolated hate and fear – exploiting a national tragedy to try and justify your Mercedes-Benz. To Destiny church fear=donations, and a tax-free status means that donations=profit.

He then went on to clarify that, oh no it wasn’t just gay people, it was all people having extra marital sex. So the implication there is that gay sex is extra marital (a.k.a wrong) by default, thus in his mind gay marriage is not valid.  Regardless of the harmful, bigoted comments about homosexuals, the idea that sex is bad seems to directly oppose the Christian message of being ‘fruitful’ and to ‘multiply’. Trying to clarify, or downright alter, what God (God!) ‘meant’ to say takes balls of a size I can’t fathom. Not only are his views on sex essentially oxymoronic, but they are irresponsible as an adult and as someone of influence. Naive kids of all ages hear that sort of thing and take it seriously, often regardless of religious orientation. How is it fair for some 16 year olds who don’t know any better to feel so guilty over something so devastating like an earthquake, all because of something so unscientific?

This is far from the first time he’s managed to cause a headline-sized fuss. One such time is called to mind wherein some of the original 26 families that helped build Destiny church had left after becoming disillusioned with church spending. One such member even being Tamaki’s public mouthpiece, often defending him and his lifestyle.The straw that broke the donkey’s back , apparently, was Tamaki asking each family for a $1000 contribution to build his new ‘City of God’. Apparently people who couldn’t afford to donate any money were trying to come up with things they could sell. Destiny Church pastor Martin Daly went so far as to say “I love reading the Destiny Church Facebook page seeing families going without Christmas presents ‘cos they’re saving up for their $1000 grand slam offering for the promised land that’s gonna bless the people of South Auckland.” Nice bunch, huh?

A change.org petition has so far garnered nearly 120,000 signatures after only a few days. The timing couldn’t be better though (or, for Tamaki, worse). The most powerful man in the world was elected just weeks after it came out that he spoke about “grabbing” a woman “by the pussy”, and people are sick of it. The PC among us are sick of it because it is harmful and discriminatory, while the more right-leaning of us are sick of it because the implication is now that any conservative (or Trump-voter) must think that way, too. I imagine it must be the same for certain members of Destiny church. In a way you have to feel sorry for them. They are lost in a world of niche religions, disenchanted with the ‘standard’ ways. So much so that that they turn to the obscure off-shoots of Christianity that sound more like they take their inspiration from Leviticus than the Bible as a whole. I’m sure even Pope Frank would agree that a 2000 year old book of rules may not hold all the same relevance as it did back then. And so what? I can’t think of many things, written or otherwise, that do. There’s no denying that the Bible is full of great life-lessons and teachings. Not killing people is a good one, so is treating others the way you’d like to be treated. On that note, I don’t think any book of the Bible specifies how God will punish gay people – definitely no mention of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault. I’m struggling to find any mention of the straight people that were also affected by the gays’ and their (how dare they!?) sexual activities. What was God’s plan for me, then? I’m not gay, therefore shouldn’t have to suffer. Oh, it’ll be the extra marital sex, damn. Guess it is my fault, too.

I wonder why God chose little old Kaikoura in little old New Zealand to punish the roughly 200,000,000 gay people worldwide, pretending the USA is a giant focus group, the last census had 4% of their population as gay. If 200,000,000 people truly evoked God’s wrath so, it seems the last week was more of a ‘ceremonial’ smiting – in that, God doesn’t care who’s gay, he just has to pretend to because of High Council tradition, or something like that, God’s just a figurehead you see?

That seems to me like the only explanation that might be parallel to Tamaki’s. He did seek to remind us all, however, that this was only God’s view and not his. So, he can speak for God, but doesn’t necessarily agree with God? Jeez(us), makes you wonder how he sleeps. Depressing answer incoming: on silk sheets, I bet.