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Gay Scarf Causing Uproar in New Zealand

Gay_scarfComments by police recruiters about a scarf at a Christchurch, New Zealand career expo have made headlines after a man was told his scarf was "too gay."

Simon Calcinai reportedly approached the booth where the police officers were seated, wearing the "dull orange" scarf (actually it looks closer to saffron or maybe pumpkin, and if that's not a gay observation I don't know what is) and inquired about joining the police force.

Calcinai: "I was at the police table having a chat and the woman (officer) said, 'You might want to lose that scarf'. The other guy then said, 'Yeah, it's a bit too gay'. I was pretty shocked and didn't know what to say. I don't think this is appropriate behaviour and I think that people should be made aware of these negative attitudes. He should think twice about (saying) that sort of thing. I guess he was joking, but it hushed me up a bit. Someone else could have been deeply upset. He is the only person who has ever commented on the scarf."

The senior recruitment officer for the force made the comment, and sent an email apology to Calcinai, who was with his girlfriend at the expo: "Unfortunately, you have taken the comments personally and it certainly wasn't intended to offend. Yes, we do recruit lesbian and gay male officers."

Police ran "inclusiveness training" last year to try and eliminate homophobia. Guess they better run that class again.

Kudos to Mr. Calcinai for reporting it, and for proudly flaunting his scarf, whatever its sexuality.

Man's Scarf a Bit Too Gay For Police [stuff]

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  1. Too gay? Is that even possible?

    Posted by: Kevin | May 18, 2006 10:10:07 AM

  2. See, I thought the orange was a tribute to the Tennessee Volunteers. I must now re-think college football.

    Posted by: Jacko | May 18, 2006 10:26:51 AM

  3. This is just plain silly. There's nothing wrong with that scarf - it has no sexual bent to it whatsoever. But I'm thinking the hair is a bit, er, poof-y...

    Posted by: basis4insanity | May 18, 2006 10:33:07 AM

  4. That police officer needs to travel outside Christchurch more. Comments like that are beyond ridiculous, it's pitiful.

    Posted by: gabe | May 18, 2006 10:37:51 AM

  5. 'Unfortunately, you have taken the comments personally and it certainly wasn't intended to offend."

    That's not an apology. If anything it's phrased as an accusation.

    Posted by: Rob | May 18, 2006 11:44:35 AM

  6. yeah - notice how they dont actually apologize in these apologies??? "Unfortunately, you have taken the comments personally" - translation: "damn, faggot, you gonna be that sensative all the time, you'd never make it in this career"

    Posted by: bj | May 18, 2006 12:24:04 PM

  7. "Too gay" is acomment that is a bit rich coming from someone who dresses up as a member of the Village People

    Posted by: Uroskin | May 18, 2006 6:03:29 PM

  8. "Unfortunately, you have taken the comment personally" ???

    F-ing asshole.

    Posted by: david | May 19, 2006 4:35:44 AM

  9. I always equated scarf wearers with the gays when I was in New Zealand. Especially orange-scarf wearers that loop tie. Goodness.

    You can imagine my gaydar confusion when I arrived here (in the UK) to find scarf wearers everywhere. I didn't know where to look.

    In fairness, I'm only partly joking. Straight guys from home (Auckland, NZ) don't often wear them. Period.

    Posted by: murraynz | May 19, 2006 5:20:42 AM

  10. Hey

    I am living in NZ and every fucking man and his dog is wearing those scarves. They are ugly and people who wear them need a knock in the head from the fashion army.

    They are SO too fucking gay, get off your high horse, it looks fucking lame.

    Posted by: DAVIDE | May 19, 2006 10:45:50 PM

  11. To "gay"? Clearly I've heard it all.

    Posted by: latisha | May 20, 2006 9:38:16 AM

  12. Why are gay men so uppity and boring

    Posted by: davide | May 20, 2006 6:25:16 PM

  13. Gay men are always a man and laugh it off already!!

    Posted by: talldarkman | May 21, 2006 11:19:31 PM

  14. THe guy is obviously looking for money....

    Posted by: talldarkman | May 21, 2006 11:20:16 PM

  15. seriously..what a faggot. its just like gays to complain because someone commented on a shitty scarf. what the officer shouldve done is bitch slapped that queer

    Posted by: TALLDARKMAN. | Feb 10, 2010 4:33:58 PM

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