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Ian McKellen criticises New Zealand PM over ‘gay’ jumper jibe

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  1. Yes, Prime Minister Key’s “gay red top” comment was strait-jacketing and intimidating.

    Key, sitting there in the radio studio, in a businessman’s white shirt and tie, sent out message to the entire country that men must dress in plain and dull clothes or risk being labelled with the pejorative “gay”.

    Key did not imply that the “gay red top” was a good thing. He was chiding the station’s announcer.

  2. John Key seems quite good at putting his foot in it at the moment.

    He should not be encouraging the use of the term gay for derogatory reasons.

  3. Thanks, Serena, for lending your voice to this. What an irresponsible arse that Key is.

  4. Lady Tanya 6 Nov 2012, 11:48pm

    to me the word gay is happy
    when someone says to me that iam so gay i respond with yes i am so happy that is what the word should mean

    1. Spanner1960 7 Nov 2012, 10:13am

      It means both, and in this case it could be construed as a brightly coloured garment.

  5. Sir Ian is, to use an over-used, often mis-used, phrase, a “national treasure”. Not only can he play characters as diverse as Magneto, Gandalf and James Whale and make you believe in his portrayal, but he has the humility to ask for a guest role in Corrie.
    Yet with this comes an unflinching, steely determination to oppose anti-gay attitudes, practices and discrimination, and fight bigotry on all levels.
    If only we could have a few Ian McKellens amongst our politicians. Sadly, people with principles and personal courage are the last to choose politics as a career.
    And yes, the use of “gay” in a negative, derogatory way is unforgivable. To try to excuse your behaviour on the grounds that teenagers and little kids in the playground do it is unbelievable.

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