I knew releasing Mister Organ in New Zealand would bring the cockroaches out, and here they come.
Hi David, I’m not surprised you feel so tired, you do hard tiresome work. I wanted to let you know that your newsletter helped me out of a very tired spot, I’m an ICU nurse you see, and I was working through the pandemic in Melbourne. Then I got pregnant, I couldn’t get home, my husband and I had our first baby by ourselves, in our 5km Melbourne radius. Then we got the golden ticket in the lotto. Once we arrived back in NZ I was very tired, New Zealanders had all sorts of covid ideas that had grown out of their privilege of having a lack of death surrounding them. I had PTSD. When I was up every night feeding my baby I would be glued to your newsletter, like a lifeline to all the sensible people in the world! I had so many arm-chaired and dangerous to binge to! My husband is so happy, my yearly Christmas present will be this subscription, he never has to think again! Thank you so much, you wont ever know how much you kept me going!
There are so many kind and encouraging comments her. I cried!
Damn you for making me blubber!
I haven't replied to them all because I'm overwhelmed. But I have read them all and they mean so much.
Could not have come at a better time.
Plunket has no real credibility anymore. You have it in spades. Kia kaha.
Some US perspective:
- Sean Plunket is giving Fox News Tucker Carlson knock off, it's yucky and gross. Throwing anything at the wall and weaponizing incompetence. Maddening.
-Just re-watched the Mister Organ trailer. I have every confidence that this will be the new "tinder swindler" "dirty john" " worst roommate ever" sensation in the US upon wider availability, I will be anxiously waiting to hype it up in all of my doc & true crime-y circles. ( The podcasting community is robust.)
Someone will be coming out VERY much on top, and rest assured it will be neither Mister Organ nor Mister phallic organ Plunket.
Loving you, David! Every webworm makes my day. Journalists are the best of all of us, you a prime example.
A devoted worm,
I will admit that when I first started traveling between America and New Zealand, I did hold it up on a Hobbit-inspired utopian pedestal. And years later I still maintain a deep love for the country that introduced me to pineapple lumps, mince pies, Country Calendar, and the idea that shoes can be optional. But. The more time I’ve spent moving between the two countries the more similarities I notice, especially in the media landscape and growing conspiracy theory fringe.
Back in May I struck up a conversation on a ferry to Port Chalmers with a man who proceeded to tell me, within five minutes of meeting me, all about Jacinda’s secret plan to hand the New Zealand government over to the iwi, which would then proceed to exert control over everyone’s lives. It felt like some real homegrown American racist bullshit, down to his exact phrasing. It was just transposed onto a different government and group of people than the ones I grew up with. This stuff is everywhere and it’s sad, I can only hope for you to continue to find the humor in the madness. Also, Sean Plunket is a dickhead.
I love you bro. Hateful fuckers can get in the bin. Hope the people around you today make you feel less tired and good about yourself.
Sadly there are a bunch of angry ill-informed dinosaurs like Plunket in NZ, which is why Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland has ended up with the mayor it has. It's also why we need to platform people like David Farrier. Get over here David, we need you! Can't wait to see Mister Organ when it releases in NZ.
Sean Plunket is irrelevant, racist, sexist and homophobic. You’re a better journalist than he ever was and he knows it. I’m sorry he’s attacking you, and the rednecks that support him.
Sean Plunket sees your actual journalism, achieved on tight budgets, through your own hard work and ability to engage the trust of others. Then he looks at his own work, which, despite the millions he has behind him, essentially constitutes picking over the leavings of other journalists' work, and bits of trash the public throw his way, lifting out the rankest lumps of fetid excrement he can find, and shouting as loud as he can "look at this piece of gold I found!" .
And then rather than giving up muckraking, he lashes out in bitterness at having sunk so low.
So, someone has handed him a piece of shit, and told him it's yours, but it's not. Whoever it actually belings to, Plunket is the one standing in the garbage heap holding up a piece of shit and trying to convince us it's gold.
I’m sending you a virtual hug. I don’t understand how people can be so nasty, I don’t get it at all. What a vile person to do such things to you. After listening to you read your last news letter, I could hear the sadness in this one and feel your shoulders slumped. I can’t come to your Q&A for Mister Organ but I’ve booked in to see you for Arise. I’m flying up from Wellington specially for the night and can’t wait. Chin up, you are a good person!
Looking forward to seeing you in Aotearoa soon!!!
If people want to know more, How Now, BrownScouse? on Substack has an eye opening newsletter about the greediness of Plunket’s backers.
Have an amazing time in Philly.
We cannot wait to see you when you come home for a month.
Eat cheeseburgers, sleep in, hangout with animals.
Honestly, Sean Plunket is just the physical and philosophical representation of every shit nz person, including the reliance on a rich mate to fund his bullshit as no legitimate person or platform would. Bullies are so lame and its so disappointing you have to deal with this BUT at least you get to live life meaningfully. He couldn't even comprehend what that meant. Or at least he gets stuck on the "mean" bit haha.
Good luck. You are amazing David and let's be honest, Stephen Fry will never give a fuck about anything Sean does ❤
"You fucking brussel sprouts" is still my favorite insult of all time (mostly because I hate brussel sprouts) and I wish I remembered to use it ever. Sorry people are SUCH idiotic assholes.
Australians have a great saying that applies to Sean Plunket- 'carrying on like a pork chop'.
Whenever he posts something equally vapid, just think of him popping and sizzling and just generally making a lot of noise and mess, I swear it will cheer you up.
I hope if you have a Sydney premiere of Mr Organ you can make it over for another Q&A! You're rad too David, and Webworm is cool. I love supporting your work!
Take it from me, David, Sean Plunket is an arsehole. And I know him personally. He's been in court himself and LOST and yes HE is the one who has the anger problem and a huge chip on his shoulder. He's decided being a right wing supporter of conspiracy theorists is a money-maker, much like Trump when he pretends to be a Bible-wielding born again Christian among America's elite evangelicals. But he fools nobody except those who wish to be fooled and among those who're going to make money out of his tom-foolery. He's got a big mouth and often full of lies.
SP is the epitome of a troll. In every sense of the word - historic and present. Anyone who believes the gobshite that spews from him are below moronic. Don’t waste your energy on him or them David. Safe travels and keep being your wonderful, smart, creative self. Kia kaha.