Nigel Latta has been exonerated by the Broadcasting Standards Authority for his “Mad Uncle Jack” broadcast. Followers of the Church of St Nigel will rejoice, and so should anyone else who considers invective against the mentally ill to be funny – because this decision has given you licence to say what you like about us with impunity.
Nigel Latta poked fun at the mentally ill in his Politically Incorrect Guide To Teenagers show. Here’s how broadcaster TVNZ responded to a formal complaint I made about the show.
When I appeared in the Herald on Sunday because of my blog on Nigel Latta, this space was filled with abusive comments within minutes. Many had clearly not read what I’d written, or watched the broadcast in question. One even tried to claim that mental illness itself was an invention of “political correctness” and my bipolar disorder was a mythical construct.
Nigel Latta is a clinical psychologist. His presentation style is more like the try-hard stand-up comedian we’re used to seeing on open mic nights. He doesn’t aim to inform, he aims to get a laugh out of his mainstream audience.