The Human Rights Commission has welcomed a statement from Mediaworks chief executive Mark Weldon that two X Factor judges are no longer suitable to judge the reality show.
“Whether we’re at work, at school or on stage at an X Factor talent show: bullying isn’t acceptable,” said Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
“I’m glad to see Mediaworks decided to not be a bystander and to publicly condemn bullying abuse.”
Many people across the country spoke out to support the young man who was publicly ridiculed on the show last night.
“I’d like to congratulate the thousands of everyday New Zealanders who took to social media to condemn this bullying behaviour to stand up for someone else who was being bullied,” said Dame Susan.
“Don’t be a bystander, stand up to bullies.”
Learn about our work on bullying, violence, and harassment here.