Things that aren’t the point: John Key’s fucklist edition
Inspired by comments on the relevant Standard post.
It isn’t actually relevant that your wife is totally cool with you finding Jessica Alba hot.
It isn’t actually relevant that your wife thinks Brad Pitt is hot.
It isn’t actually relevant that you don’t mind your wife finding Brad Pitt hot.
It isn’t actually relevant that “most guys think [celebrity X] is hot”.
It isn’t actually relevant that “men naturally look at attractive women” (it’s also a bullshit evo-psych excuse for not being decent human beings!)
It isn’t actually relevant that heaps of other Manly Males talk about which celebrity women they wish they could fuck with no actual consideration given to whether those women would ever want to fuck them.
It also isn’t about being “light-hearted” and it’s not about “having a sense of humour”.
It is about the Prime Minister of New Zealand going on a radio show hosted by a basically unapologetic violent abuser in order to make himself look more “ordinary” by reinforcing the idea that women are valuable for being young and hot and sexually available.
Not sure why that needed explaining, but there you go.
Why the fuck would:
1. The PM (any PM) want to look ordinary, and
2. Anyone vote for an ordinary PM?
I’d prefer an exceptional PM, personally.
It’s a mystery to me too, AC, but that’s the current dominant narrative. Compare with Dubya. We seem to be in a time of rising anti-intellectualism where a fair chunk of people feel actively threatened by leaders who can use big words.
Amen to that. Totally agree. He is putting out this “every man” persona and it makes me sick.
By being “ordinary” they’re trying impress the idea on people that they’re “mainstream” rather than a minority clique.
Where “mainstream” is of course a purely subjective notion defined by everyone as “just like me”.
It also doesn’t matter that Tony Veitch has completed his sentence. He still has a criminal record.
We are not required to “forget it ever happened” once the sentence is served.
Absolutely. It’s like the “innocent until proven guilty” principle – it applies to the justice system, not the rest of society. As far as the police and the courts are concerned, he’s paid his dues.
As far as society is concerned, he’s still a fake-apologetic man who has made no attempt to actually own his shit and let people know he realises it was way beyond unacceptable behaviour.
Ummmm those comments on The Standard remind me why I never comment on The Standard. Honestly, barf.
A interesting series of posts on this ‘ordinary bloke’ business, starting
here , with the rest on the front page.
Blogger is that Puddleglum that shows up at TS occasionally, but not enough.
Couple of wee, (by which II mean to say, long) quotes from the second post which nail it, IMO:
*chokes down normal verbosity*
Ta for that sweet link, bro.
John Key is the biggest Douche in the universe. Tony Veitch is the lowest form of scum on the planet and never deserved a second chance. I cringe everytime i hear his overbloated ego on the radio…