When the Woke Get Woked!

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2020-02-19 03:37

The Woke Cancel Culture strikes again, this time hitting one of its own, Woke "philosopher" Peter Singer. Note, the right of SkyCity, a private locale, to cancel an event is acknowledged in the FSC press release, just as one has the right to call SkyCity a bunch of craven cowards for doing so :

Free Speech Coalition

Dear Lindsay,

It seems the threats to free speech extend further than Phil Goff and Auckland Council. Today we got the news that New Zealand is no safe space for international academics, with Sky City cancelling a contract to host Australian philosopher Peter Singer.

The reason given by Sky City for cancelling Professor Singer's event is that "some of the themes promoted by this speaker do not reflect our values of diversity and inclusivity."

Sky City's policy on “diversity and inclusivity” must not extend to diversity and inclusivity of thought.

We’re following events closely – not because we subscribe to the views of Professor Singer (we take no view), but because it should be up to you whether you want to hear what someone has to say, not a mob.

TVNZ approached us for comment on the story – which you can read here:


I have copied our full media statement from Patrick Corish at the bottom of this email.

Thank you for your support in championing free speech in New Zealand.

Jordan Williams
Free Speech Coalition

19 February 2020

Responding to the cancellation of Australian academic Peter Singer's talk by Sky City, Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Patrick Corish says:

“SkyCity has every right to cancel a speaking event, but they do open themselves up to criticism of being fearful of a little controversy.”

“The larger free speech concern here revolves around how Mr Singer will find another venue, considering Auckland Council has a near-monopoly on suitable alternatives. The Council has proven that it is easily spooked by threats of protest, and already politicians are calling on the Council to ban Professor Singer as it did to controversial Canadian speakers.”

“When Auckland Council cancelled Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, the speakers had to find a private venue at the last minute. Options were limited and as a result their arrangements fell through.”

“More broadly, it’s disturbing that controversial speakers are increasingly being de-platformed, instead of simply protested.”

“These sort of topics are discussed routinely in a 100 level philosophy class.”

“Many New Zealanders who mightn’t agree with Mr Singer’s views may still be interested in hearing what he has to say. It’s a shame SkyCity doesn’t seem to value that kind of intellectual curiosity.”

“Mr Singer’s speaking plans have already sparked some healthy debate over his views. It only seems to be a small minority of critics who want to go so far as silencing him. We shouldn’t let them speak for all of us.”


Free Speech Coalition · New Zealand


Mr_Lineberry's picture

good point!

As I've said before - I absolutely despise that awful Molyneux fellow, but the way he was treated by Phil Far Goff was appalling; now they are at it again, so yes actual laws are unnecessary. Headlong rush into returning New Zealand to a sterile, ascetic, lifeless country (circa. 1955) where everyone and everything is the same.

Speaking of which - did you see the ACT Party email bemoaning the Key/English government being an extension of Helen's government? completely forgetting their own role in said government! (voting for $16 billion deficits, Search and Surveillance Act, trading with Commie murderers).

These days ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... it's enough that a speaker be merely "controversial" to send event organisers running for the hills. There is no need for Jihadi Jacinda to bring in "hate speech" laws for us to lose freedom of speech; we have lost it already through the attrition of voluntary cowardice.


Mr_Lineberry's picture

all sounds a bit odd, doesn't it?

He appears to tick all the left wing boxes - advocating mass murder, hating capitalism, greenie, University academic, virtue signals galore - so I cannot understand why he'd be a target. Presumably there is something else going on here?

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