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Air New Zealand’s Safety Video Backlash: Gay Rugby Kiss Scene Yanked Over Complaints

The Air New Zealand passenger safety video that made light gay flight attendant Will Coxhead trying to sneak a smooch from Richard Kahui, a rugby player on the All Blacks, will be edited to remove the scene from upcoming flights. You know, because telling passengers the gays have cooties wasn’t nice.

“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,” says the airline’s operations and safety manager David Morgan. “The scene was not something that we, the people we tested the scene with, or indeed the participants in the scene, viewed as distasteful or likely to cause concern.”

But Coxhead, who appears in the video, doesn’t see what all the fuss is about: “I’m absolutely gutted that a couple of people in the gay community have ruined this for everyone else. I’m proud to be gay, proud to be an Air New Zealander and extremely proud of my role in the safety video. Obviously there are some people in the gay community that can be a little precious and need to lighten up.”