A Facebook page dedicated to chronicling the "Shit towns of New Zealand" is attracting high praise and harsh criticism. Hell, the mayor of one of the so-called "shit towns" told reporters "the people who write that sort of rubbish should be shot".
Shit Towns of New Zealand was created by two friends about two years ago, but remained dormant until wild media attention and criticism from local politicians led to a big increase in attention. Here's the page's review of Waiuku: "the quintessence of small town shitness."
The negative reactions to the page began surfacing midway through 2017 when it became large enough for people who actually lived in the towns being described as shit to take notice. Then the media got involved and started making lovely graphics like this:
"Some of them like what we're doing and others really hate it," said the admin.
"I think the negative reactions are due to people not getting our brand of humour, combined with a sort of parochial and jingoistic culture that exists in small town NZ."
While Shit Towns of New Zealand may have been frustrating a few locals, the furore really picked up this week after multiple New Zealand politicians found it necessary to weigh in.
A creator of Shit Towns of New Zealand said anyone who has an issue with the page can always unfollow and block it. "If they are unable to ignore things they don't like, then maybe they shouldn't be using social media," he said.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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