Keys Big Gay Out fail | The Jackal

11 Feb 2013

Keys Big Gay Out fail

Yesterday, Stuff reported:

But when he took to the stage at the invitation of Miss Ribena, a drag queen with a penchant for purple, there was a slight shift in mood.

"F*** you John Key," several voices in the crowd called.

Do I sense a shift in attitude towards John Key? About bloody time.

Key spoke to the crowd and reaffirmed his plans to vote for Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Bill, which would see same sex couples afforded the same rights of marriage as heterosexuals.

He championed that the rate of Aids contraction in gay men had dropped by 30 per cent in the last three years.

"He obviously meant HIV," said a woman after Key's speech.

"He doesn't know what he is talking about."

What a plonker! Not only did Key get HIV mixed up with AIDS, he got the statistics totally wrong as well...  According to the Ministry of Health, the amount of gay men contracting HIV has decreased by 24% between Jan 2008 and 2012.

That's good news, but what's even better is that there's been a whopping 155% reduction in the amount of AIDS notifications during the same time period.

That guy can sure sell some snake oil, but he shouldn't be trying to take credit for Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage Equality Bill (PDF) or the decrease in new cases of HIV for that matter.

It was a Labour government that introduced HIV screening for new immigrants in 2006, which has assuredly helped to reduce the amount of new HIV cases in New Zealand.

So once again Key is trying to steel other peoples limelight.

Key had recently downed more than a standard drink of beer in less than six seconds after losing a game of beer pong to Grey Lynn resident Mikala Collins so the mistake could be forgiven.

In my opinion, a competent Prime Minister should be able to handle skolling a single beer without turning into an idiot.

And then, Auckland local Andy Lawrie attempted to reinforce the point that Key might not be as progressive as he purported. Lawrie was seen lowering a coat hanger affixed to a bamboo pole over the head of the Prime Minister.

"It's just a little reminder," he said.

On the coat hanger was a "gay" red shirt.

"It's just to make people remember."

Last year Key was lambasted for announcing on radio that the shirt his fellow radio announcer was wearing was a "gay red shirt". He later admitted he had picked up the usage from his children and used it as a synonym for "weird".

Key isn't beneath trying to illicit votes from the gay community while also trying to gain votes from the redneck community by calling the gays weird! Bloody politicians eh!