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New Zealand PM defends ‘gay’ jumper remarks

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  1. BARBARA BARRETT 5 Nov 2012, 7:53pm

    If you have to justify a remark: IT IS BIGOTED!

  2. Homogenius 5 Nov 2012, 8:09pm

    Yes gay is in the Oxford English Dictionary, but not as a pejorative term. People need to stop using gay as an insult! Trying to justify using it as an insult by saying ‘everyone says it’, is just stupid and ignorant.

    1. Quite right, but even if it was in the OED as an insult, it’s still no excuse to use it in that way (as pointed out re the N-word below), a dictionary is mainly a record of language as it’s spoken and written.

  3. He is one of MANY people in this world who uses homophobic words without thinking or intending to offend.!/today/

  4. A thoughtless, stupid comment. Maybe he thought it would make him look cool and with-it, but it didn’t, it just made him look immature and silly.

    His apology was cr*p. So what if you hear ‘gay’ used in that idiotic way – that doesn’t make it right. Key missed an opportunity to express his regret properly and make it clear that such language is unacceptable.

  5. Oh, dear, Mr. Key.

    You really have gone and put your foot in it, haven’t you!

    Naughty boy!

    You failed to think, didn’t you!

    You’re a Prime Minister, you know. You’ve got to be well behaved. You can’t behave on radio in the manner that it would appear you behave around the breakfast table with your wife and kids!


  6. Watch the video. He says “gay red top” right at the very end of it. But watch the lot because he’s actually being very warm and amusing in the build-up.

    The trouble is he was so at ease, so chummy, with the men in the studio that he clearly forgot he was not actually INSIDE the golf clubhouse with his golfing mates!

  7. “just a slang term” used by young people and found in the Oxford dictionary…. it’s not exactly like a term you don’t hear everywhere”.
    Just like N*gg*r. Go on, say that word then.

    1. mickie_newton 6 Nov 2012, 12:53am

      Nicely put Cal…that’s exactly how I feel about it too!

  8. mickie_newton 6 Nov 2012, 12:52am

    I am always hearing kids use ‘gay’ as an insult remark about one thing or another. When my nephew came out with it I put him in his place telling him that I found it offensive.

    Problem is kids use it all the time in school and nobodies stopping them. It seems to be ok to use it in such a manner.

    And looking at John Key is more than old enough to know better! I hear it from kids, I don’t expect to hear adults use it!! Set an example PM John Key!

  9. Christopher in Canada 6 Nov 2012, 1:13am

    He grins like the Cheshire Cat.

  10. is it just me or is the pm abit “light in his loafers”?

    1. I don’t know but he’s certainly heavy in the foot, especially when it’s inserted in his mouth.

  11. “idiot” “imbecile” “bigot (syn. ‘Tory’) “dolt” and “disenguenuous” are all in the OED, too.

    1. “Idiot” and “imbecile” (along with “moron”) were originally medical words for people with intellectual disabilities, and once people started to use them as insults they were replaced with the (then) purely clinical and inoffensive term of “retard”. Now of course, “retard” is going the exact same way and so new terms like “intellectually disabled” are used (this being just a comment on the words I’ve mentioned so far, not a comment on the article, as “gay” doesn’t really fit into quite the same model).

  12. John Key is putting his foot in it a lot at the moment.

    Just because the word gay is used as a slang term this does not mean that a politician should use it in the same context. What kind of example does that set?

  13. Garry Cassell 6 Nov 2012, 4:14pm

    Another dickhead politician trying to be funny.

  14. JonKey the donkey has made a bit of a jackass of himself.

    As far as I was aware he has been quite strongly for same sex marriage equality so it does seem a strange thing for him to have said. Maybe he can make this a learning moment.

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