Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lighten up fellas!

So John Key makes a light-hearted, off-the-cuff remark, and everyone's screaming blue murder - Stuff reports:

Prime Minister John Key has further soured relations with Tuhoe by joking this morning that if he had a meal with them he would have been on the menu - taken by some to be a suggestion they were cannibals.

Speaking at the launch of the Government's Budget tourism package, Mr Key said he had earlier this week had dinner with Ngati Porou representatives.

"As I said, the good news was that I was having dinner with Ngati Porou as opposed to their neighbouring iwi, which is Tuhoe, in which case I would have been the dinner," he said to the audience of about 200 from the tourism sector.

Mr Key said he was sure Tuhoe would get the joke.

We're sure that many Tuhoe will have had a bit of a chuckle at Key's remark. But we daresay that the faux outrage on display has more to do with the state of the negotiations between the government and Tuhoe.

We reckon Tamati Kruger and Te Ururoa Flavell need to lighten up a bit. Life's too short to take offence at everything fellas!

UPDATE: Right on cue, The Standard is laying into John Key over this; it's worth going over there just to have a read of the comments. Hand-wringing, humourless lefties are out in force today!


bez said...

Unfortunately things cannot be dismissed so easily. When Maori make a "faux pas" like that we are urged to see this as part of their boisterous nature, or as an artefact of speaking their mind. For anybody else different rules apply of course, and the whole leftist PC approach is pulled out of the cupboard. I'm more than worried about the parallels between how this is played and the way western democracies are succumbing to the sensitivities of for instance the muslim fractions.
While this instance may appear light hearted and dismiss-able on the grounds of negotiation, the sentiment behind it is very, very scary.

Inventory2 said...

As far as your comments re the "leftist PC approach" I couldn't agree more Bez, and that was the sentiment underpinning the post. This really is a non-issue, but just watch the left beat it up - check out the update I've just done to the main post ...

Murray said...

Waaa waaa waaa.

This kind of hysteria is why no socialist should every be permitted to run anything.

alex Masterley said...

One word.

Anonymous said...

I remember Hone calling half the country white motherf*ckers and there was no response from the left about that one.


Anonymous said...

Your "faux pa" comment on the Standard is the wittiest I have seen all week.


Inventory2 said...

Cheers for that Kurt - for those who might be wondering what Kurt was referring to, here goes:

13 May 2010 at 2:23 pm

Policy Parrot said “Regardless of your politics, this is a pretty major faux pa.”

Is a “faux pa” an imitation Maori village for French tourists?"

In fairness, it doesn't take much to appear witty at The Standard Kurt. The inhabitants there really are a humourless lot

James Stephenson said...

I'd also say to all those getting hyperventilatingly offended on behalf of other people that they've never even met - look at the joke itself. Who is the joke at the expense of *really*?

If you correctly identified that the butt of the joke is, in fact, the PM himself then congratulations you've passed Humour 101.

Anonymous said...

Gosh and to think of your wailing and whining and righteous outrage over anything Andrew Williams does that you could possibly be remotely offended over.

I know that you're ludicrous partisan hacks but you don't have to make it so obvious.

Anonymous said...

Yeah but Andrew Williams is a complete cunt.

Anonymous said...

How sad all the fuss over this, when we have trouble with our teen school kids and knives at school. Boy, the left are poisonous, this country is now mini-Britian. Why such a fuss over such a non-starter? Key shouldn't have apologised, after all, Hone never really did.