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Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk
Air NZ will not remove Nadzeya Ostapchuk joke

in NEW ZEALAND, 07/12/2012

Air New Zealand will not remove a competition joke about disgraced Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, which has been slammed on social media as transphobic. People who have emailed Air New Zealand complaining about the joke have received apologies; however it is not changing the jokes in the promotion.

One of the consolation jokes in its Christmas Cracker promotion on the Grabaseat website read: ''What large heavy ball was responsible for Valerie Adams' gold medal? The Belarusian's left testicle.''

Among the complaints was one from @johubris who tweeted: "This joke is unbelievably offensive, transphobic and just plain unnecessary."

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