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Air New Zealand Pulls In Flight Safety Video Over Anti-Gay Charges – Watch the Video

Air New Zealand is pulling an almost gay kiss on the cheek  scene from its in-flight safety video after complaints of homophobia.

The  in-flight safety video “Crazy About Rugby,” which features New Zealands best and hottest rugby players at one point shows a rugby player, All Black Richard Kahui, rejecting a chance to kiss gay Air New Zealand flight attendant Will Coxhead on the cheek

“When we created this video and discussed the scene featuring a gay male flight attendant and a rugby player with key stakeholders, including a number of the gay community, we received none of the feedback we have in the past week,”  said David Morgan, the airline’s operations and safety manager.

Gay Member of Parliament Grant Robertson said he had viewed the video many times without being offended.  “I took it in the spirit of fun. But I can certainly understand some people might be concerned about it. Air New Zealand are behaving responsibly here,” he said.

Will Coxhead, the openly gay flight attendant who appears in the safty message said, “There are some people in the gay community that can be a little precious and need to lighten up.”  (Not just in NZ Will.  Have you ever heard of GLAAD?)

Air New Zealand has rufused to name who has made the complaints.

The “homophobia” starts at the 2:50 mark *chortle*