'Bunga' slur aimed at radio host

By Rebecca Lewis

A second comedian has used a racial slur in front of an audience, calling shamed celebrity David Fane a "bunga".

Paul Ego, who appears on TV3's 7 Days, used the term - which relates to people of Polynesian descent - on Friday's late-night comedy show.

The comment was made in reference to Fane's racial outburst against Jews and HIV sufferers at a high-profile media event.

"Let's be honest, Dave Fane's comments were offensive, but then he is a bunga," Ego said.

Ego, whose real name is Paul Jones, could not be contacted last night.

But TV3 publicist Nicole Wood said she did not expect any fallout from his comments because the show was supposed to "push the boundaries".

"It is an adults-only comedy slot on at 10pm and there are a lot of things said that could offend people."

Speaking at his Auckland home yesterday, Fane said he was feeling a bit "sore" a week after the furore over his comments.

At the inaugural Radio Roast media event at Auckland's Northern Club, an intoxicated Fane told the audience advertising bosses were "expendable.

Like the Jews". He also said "Hitler had a right" and HIV sufferers were expendable and deserved to be "roasted".

Fane was suspended from his job on radio station Flava for a week and has sent written apologies to the New Zealand Jewish Council and New Zealand Aids Foundation.

- Herald on Sunday

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