Haircut hate

Once again, good work Stuff.co.nz for their fine work. Stupid enough is that this story about Jo Nicholls-Parker changing her hair style was the featured article on the main page at all (when really it belongs in the Life and Style section at best). But to open comments on the article too? Yes, most of the articles under the Life and Style category are open for comments. But most of these are on new lipstick trends or how probiotics work, not the appearance of a public figure. Basically, having open comments on this is just a green light to critique this woman; and not just her hair, the topic of the article, but her makeup, skin, and gender. There are 315 comments on the article; many are saying “why is this news?” (some saying it is inappropriate because it is the day of the Pike River memorial; personally, I think it is never news), but an overwhelming number are critical comments on her looks, or are comments that use the quote

“He [husband Bob Parker] likes the new cut. It’s much more page boy and that’s what he likes,” she said.

to joke about how this must mean Bob Parker is a pedophile. Flawless logic by the commenters, really.

So yeah, once again Stuff has given me evidence that they are utterly tactless jerks when it comes to which articles they open comments on; not only are they cool with having this woman’s appearance ripped to shreds, but if they ever have an article discussing anything race-related, you can bet money on the fact that comments will be open for people to spew “I’m not a racist, but…!” bile all over the place.

2 Comments

  1. Katherine says:

    I pretty much stopped reading Stuff after they indicated to me that they had no interest in enforcing their comment policies (I complained about some comments that made it through ‘moderation’, and after they asked me to clarify which ones and I did, I got no response and the comments were not removed). They’ll let anything, no matter how derogatory, defamatory or hateful through. They probably see lots of comments on an article and think this means their readership is really high (while missing that they are allowing bigots of every stripe a platform).

    • steph says:

      Yeah, I really should stop reading it. It’s just awful when I see an article on anything vaguely controversial pop up (usually race-related) and know that they will have opened comments on it. I’m all for dialogue about ideas and issues, but they cleary do it to court the controversy and the bigots who will flood the comment section and bump up pageviews. It’s awful.