'Jesus is...': Crude joke prompts furious backlash
A SEX joke involving Jesus has landed a councillor in a world of trouble after a reporter posted it on Twitter.
New Zealand journalist Angela Cuming blasted the "inappropriate and offensive" meme sent to her by Hamilton City councillor Mark Bunting.
It shows two electronic road signs that read, "Jesus is cuming" and "open your mouth".
"I am so thrilled @councillorbunty found time to send me this grossly inappropriate and offensive 'joke'," she tweeted.
However, the councillor texted Ms Cuming back, apologising and saying he just thought it was funny.
"Look, I sent it to you because it had your last name in it and I thought you would find it funny," he wrote in the message, which was published on Ms Cuming's Twitter page.
"I thought we were just being friends and I was just being friendly. I offended you. I'm sorry."
Clearly not impressed with the response, Ms Cuming tweeted: "Classic reply. It's my fault for having no sense of humour.
The journalist told ABC that the picture had made her cry.
"I felt bloody lousy. I stood in the kitchen and I cried," she told ABC News.
"Someone that I respected and thought was my equal and I thought respected me actually thought so little of me.
"I was hurt, humiliated and a little bit angry as well and overwhelmingly sad that it's 2017 and this is still what we have to deal with."
The Twitter spat continued between the pair.
"So, you might see a thread on Twitter about a meme I sent privately to someone whom I thought was a mate," Mr Bunting wrote on Twitter.
"I misjudged the humour and offended them as a result. Needless to say I feel terrible about it and regret what was an error of judgment and I apologise unreservedly."
However, Cuming tweeted back: "WTF? So if I was a true 'mate' I wouldn't have been offended by a sexually inappropriate joke about swallowing semen? And you offended everyone. And if you feel terrible how do you think I feel?"
This morning, the councillor took to his Facebook page to put his side of the story across.
"There are two sides to every story and I won't be making any other comment about the Ms Cuming story at this time," he wrote.
"I apologized (sic) unreservedly at the time I realized (sic) she'd taken offence at the Newshub video I forwarded her, have apologized (sic) as many times I possibly can and done everything I can to make it right.
"I will be in front of the Council Disciplinary Committee on Friday and won't make any comment until that has taken place. Thanks for your kindness and support at this difficult time for everyone."
"I was proud of my name," she told ABC.
"I've heard all the jokes about my name and all the jokes have been made by men and it's really cruel.
"I decided to post it to Twitter because I thought enough is enough.
"Given what's been happening with Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo stories, you do start to feel there is solidarity.
"What kind of example do I want to set for my sons to teach them this is not on.
"Coming from an elected city councillor takes it to a whole new level. How am I meant to have any dealings with him ever again? I'll go to my grave shaking my head on this one."