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12:18 | 23rd March 2017

News: World

Mon 13 Dec, 2010
By Darren Waite


‘When we created this video and discussed the scene featuring a gay male flight attendant and a rugby player with key stakeholders, including a number of the gay community, we received none of the feedback we have in the past week

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The three-and-a-half minute video shows the New Zealand rugby teaming offering safety instructions as well as posing as passengers and the cabin crew.

Almost three minutes into the video, Kahui has his photo taken with a stewardess on her mobile phone during a segment about turning off electronic devices.

Male flight attendant Will Coxhead then asks for a kiss on the check, but Kahui refuses and waves him away.
The video received a number of complaints and the scene was later cut.



Commenting on the topic, Air New Zealand’s operations and safety manager, David Morgan told the Dominion Post: ‘When we created this video and discussed the scene featuring a gay male flight attendant and a rugby player with key stakeholders, including a number of the gay community, we received none of the feedback we have in the past week

‘The scene was not something that we, the people we tested the scene with, or indeed the participants in the scene, viewed as distasteful or likely to cause concern.’

Responding to the controversy, NZ Rugby Union spokesman Brian Finn told the same newspaper: ‘It's a decision for the airline. They've kept us informed about it. We won't be commenting on this.’
Coxhead is also quoted by Outsports.com as saying he was upset at the controversy.

‘I’m absolutely gutted that a couple of people in the gay community have ruined this for everyone else. I’m proud to be gay, proud to be an Air New Zealander and extremely proud of my role in the safety video.

'Obviously there are some people in the gay community that can be a little precious and need to lighten up,’ he said.

Source: Metro.co.uk

 

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