The team at TVNZ brought to the public attention how cyber-bullying happens to anyone who has even the smallest modicum of public presence by having some of their presenting staff read out tweets they have received or have been said about them on Twitter.
As a quick guide Matt McLean was called a “lying corporate whore”. Ruth Wynn-Williams was called a “c***”. Seven Sharp’s Dean Butler was told: “Don’t take this the wrong way but I really hope someone punches you.” Helen Castles received a comment saying: “if you had babies I would want to punch them in the head.” Business presenter Nadine Chalmers-Ross was told: “you are dead boring…hot…but f****** dull”, while weatherman Sam Wallace was tweeted: “who do you think you are no one wants to see you strutting around you ruin my morning I hate you.”
I thought that maybe I’d get in on the act. Truth be told I pretty much never used twitter while I was working on air at various radio stations, but I received plenty of, shall we say, forward opinion on myself and my performance as an announcer.
Some selected statements from emails I received over the years
If Pat thinks that this is not true, or thinks he’s tough enough or righteous enough to battle the force of my indignation and the strength of conviction it has given me, then you have the address you useless dickhead -come over any time. Justice is here waiting for you, you hypocritical, overrated, wannabee.
Isn’t the show tonight a vast improvement without Pats idiotic presence.
Enough from me , but believe me , Brittenden is just not what ZB needs . He thinks he has all the answers , but unfortunately he does NOT .
It took me under 2 minutes to find out the address of your home
Would you please remove Pat Brittenden as a talk back host. He does not meet the standards required by the public and his attitude is shocking
Can you please tape Pat’s mouth for the rest of the evening, so I don’t have to hear another rubbish out of this man’s gap
You are a shocker, my 8 year old son could read the news better then You do, You read the news sort of like a rhyme the sound at the end of the sentences turned up an octave and on top of it there is a lisp and a lot of tongue around the wrong spots. Overall your program sucks, You are righteous and naive and at times sickening,
I had the misfortune to wake up briefly in the early hours and heard Pat (Pratt) Brittenden on air
At least that will highlight your stupidity.
You’re ugly brother
Know your belly was fake, but, the fat face double chin fake to??? What happened to weight watchers
PLEASE think before you open your mouth and put your foot in it in future
but I won’t really have to worry as will be listening to some other
You obviously have no humour & the show is very boring & straight jacket style.
What an irresponsible parent you are.
You think You can fool the listeners, all You want out of it is a fat salary to support your family, there is no passion there – people can feel that- learn to deal with critics and don’t be insulting to your listeners, then maybe You’ve got a chance to better yourself
And although I wasn’t a big user of Twitter at the time, we did give listeners to connect with us via text. Here are some of the more colourful ones of those (spelling, grammar etc…hasn’t been corrected)
Please dont let that screaming lefty liberal pat come on.
You should quit talk back before someone comes up to radio works and smashes the Shit out of ya. You fucken wanker.
Hi pat i will tell you about you you are a know it all jumped up turd j
Sorry pat,please find alternative employment,u r not at all popular and regarded by most listenrs as a nieve sub-intelligenced geek.Try burger fliping at McD’s.
Pat your program is ‘shit’ we dont need 2 hear same thing repeatly!!
U fat FAGGOT BRITTENDEN.Ya all false.C u at Maungawhai.
yor so fuking thik u stupid cunt
Ur a fukn idiot how is a labour supporter automaticaly a peters supporter, no wonder u get th shit shifts
U twat, we all like childrens stories dont we! Yr not at school now. U r crap
Pc pat u SO TOTALLY SUCK .Pull your head in its talkback if we wanted music,we would be listening tn another station.Yeh yeh yeh U suk rsoul
There u go again i i me me ur such a bore no wonder the 0ratings are goin down u wont be there mch longer i hve on good authorty..
Hi pat, its maree from tawa here. I warned u not 2 upset me. U arshole. Please dont mes me about.
For me personally I don’t feel bullied, this kind of thing never bothered me, still doesn’t. I had instances where there were TradeMe treads talking about me and I remember one guys saying on one of them that I must have had the thickest skin in the world…when it comes to anonymous morons having a crack I do because I don’t really care what strangers think about me.
So I put some of these up in solidarity with my TVNZ brothers and sisters and to all those who think just because someone is in a job where you see or hear them in your home, it doesn’t give you carte blanche to have a crack whenever and where ever you want.
I hope, if nothing else, at least you had a little smile at the spelling mistakes in the texts above ;)