Thursday, April 03, 2014

Presenter apologises after calling New Zealand women heifers and a bunch of lardos live on air

A New Zealand radio presenter who called women “heifers” and “a bunch of lardos” while on air has apologised for the comments. Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley thought that her microphone was switched off during a radio conversation early on Wednesday morning.

Smalley made the comment shortly before 6am after she had been discussing a story that said an emergency contraceptive pill was less effective in women weighing more than 70 kilograms and that the average weight of New Zealand women is 72kg.

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The show went to a commercial break but Smalley’s comments could be heard underneath. “The average woman is 72kg, heifers ... lardos, bunch of lardos,” she said.

"I deeply regret the comments. They were offensive," Smalley said. "I left my microphone on and a conversation meant for off-air, went on-air and the audience only heard one side of that conversation. That said, my comments were offensive. I'm sorry. It was a genuine mistake."

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