Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


PM Calls Top 'Gay' On Radio

Audio clip care of Dan News

Video from The Farming Show. Audio here.

Prime Minister John key has come under fire for describing a radio host's red top as "gay".

Key co-hosted 'The Farming Show' on Friday 2 November.

After the PM started the show with an Adele track, while discussing a planned charity golf game that afternoon, he said regular host Jamie Mackay had 'that gay red top on'.

During the hour-long show the Prime Minister went on to interview people including Sir Brian Lochore, Graeme Smith, Laurie Mains and Barry Soper.

While in Dunedin on Friday, Key also reportedly described football player David Beckham as 'thick as bat shit' during a school visit.

Update for the PM's post-cabinet press conference:

The PM was asked about his comment to RadioSport's Farming Show host Jamie MacKay about his "gay red top". He was asked what he understood "gay" to mean in that context. He responded that it meant "weird". Asked whether he saw it as a homophobic term he said it was a term in common usage and that if anyone was offended he was sorry.

The PM was asked about the comment he was reported to have made about UK soccer star David Beckham. He said that he would not comment. Pressed as to whether he was denying that he had made the comment or not he replied "I'm not going to engage in what some person has reported me saying that may or may not be correct".

The PM was then asked whether he thought David Beckham was smart. He replied, "He's made more money than I have."

And film actor and gay rights activist Sir Ian McKellen explains what the problem is:

I'm currently touring secondary schools in UK, attacking homophobia in the playground and discouraging kids from the careless use of "gay" which might make their gay friends (and teachers) feel less about themselves. So even as he supports the proposal to introduce same-gender marriages in New Zealand, I do hope John Key listens to his critics and appreciates their concern. Careless talk damages lives.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Moving On: Tributes To Scoop's Editor And Co-Founder Alastair Thompson

Jeremy Rose: I've been trying to recall when I first met Al: Was it before or after Bob Jones punched him? I remember bumping into a senior Dominion journalist, just after the pugnacious millionaire had added Alastair to the list of journalists he had lashed out at, and asking: What happened? "I don't know," he replied, "but he probably deserved it the cheeky little bastard." More>>

Werewolf: In A New York Groove

Right now, there’s a thing about downtown Manhattan in the 1970s and ‘80s, a lot of talk about an era that still resonates powerfully. Plenty of people in this city, still walking around and breathing in and out, were very involved in the world below 14th Street. More>>


Keith Ng On Public Address: Why The Police And The PM Are Wrong About Rawshark

On 2 October 2014, the Police raided Nicky Hager’s home... During the search, they found a piece of paper... “We considered [the document] was of interest to the investigation because of information we had already obtained”. That piece of paper was seized and designated NH025... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Islam And The Paris Attacks

Presidential contender Ben Carson for instance, wants it to be made illegal for a Muslim to be elected as President of the USA. For the Republican Party at least, freedom of religion in America extends only to tolerating many ways of accepting Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. In reality of course, treating Islamic State as the essence of Islam makes about as much sense as treating the Ku Klux Klan as the essence of Christianity... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news