Albright got it wrong - Xena's
Wellington, NZ Wednesday
August 5 1998,
Xena has taken on a real-life warrior princess by declaring herself
NZ actress Lucy Lawless, who plays the fearless leather-clad television
hero, has admitted she is anti-nuclear after Madeleine Albright, the
all-powerful United States secretary of state, suggested she might not be.
During her visit to NZ last weekend, Mrs Albright confessed that the
United State's favourite Amazon was one of her role models. Asked whether
the United States would be more accepting of NZ's anti-nuclear stance if
Xena declared herself anti-nuclear, Mrs Albright replied: "She probably
But Lawless said yesterday she would be "a traitor to my conscience if I
did not, when asked, declare myself to be anti-nuclear. It should be
understood that NZ's shunning of such [nuclear-armed or powered] vessels is
not isolationist.... It is not hostile atavism but an act of courage, hope
for the future and love for our children's children."
For those of you who, like me, needed a dictionary - atavism means
reverting to an earlier type.