A top TV star unleashed a racist outburst at a high-profile media event this week – claiming that “Jews were expendable”.
David Fane, one of the creators of bro’Town, told an audience including Jason Gunn, Mike Hosking, Kate Hawkesby and John Tamihere, that “Hitler had a right” and HIV sufferers deserved to be “roasted”.
Fane made the tirade on Wednesday night at the inaugural Radio Roast at the exclusive Northern Club in Auckland.
He said: “You are the worst motherf*****s in the world, you agency guys,” referring to advertising bosses in the audience.
He said: “I want to eat you, but I won’t because I don’t want to get HIV. Would you roast an HIV person? You’d roast them because they’re expendable. Like the Jews. Hitler had a right, you know.”
“You’ve all got f****** Aids, c****!”
I don’t want to be defending Fane because (a) his comments aren’t very funny and (b) it sounds as if he’s ripping off a Bill Hicks routine in which Hicks begged any advertising executives in the audience to commit suicide. But it sounds as if the comments about Jews are opinions he’s attributing to imaginary evil advertising executives, not himself. I could be wrong but it’s always tricky when you try and take offense at something a comedian says during a routine in which they might be in character.