Sugar daddy and whore

Much has been claimed over John Key describing Kim Dotcom as Laila Harre’s ‘sugar daddy’.

Transcript from RadioLive regarding the upcoming candidate meeting in Kumeu.

…this is a genuine opportunity for the local people of Kumeu to go and meet the candidates (standing) to be their MP, and ask them about the Waimaku roundabout, and the roading in that area, and what’s happening in the Helensville Health Trust.

It’s not for Laila Harre to grandstand about whether her sugar daddy should be extradited or not to the United States.

Harre claimed great offence, also on RadioLive.

“To talk about me as somebody who would have a sugar daddy, given the integrity that I bring into the political system, I find deeply offensive,” she says.

“We’re in a political election campaign. If I get a spare chance to respond to the over the top, offensive, sexist allegations that the Prime Minister is making, that will be good enough for me.”

A number of interpretations have been applied to Key’s comment, including claiming he implied Harre was a whore. (I’ve frequently seen other politicians referred to as whores and most often male politicians).

Here are some definitions.

Full Definition of SUGAR DADDY

1: a well-to-do usually older man who supports or spends lavishly on a mistress, girlfriend, or boyfriend
2: a generous benefactor of a cause or undertaking

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugar%20daddy

Political whore is a common term and I haven’t seen any sexual connotations.

whore
n.
1. A prostitute.
2. A person considered sexually promiscuous.
3. A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/whore

Meaning 3 is what is applied politically.  Key has claimed that this was what he had meant – John Key stands by ‘sugar daddy’ comment:

Asked later if he stood by them, Mr Key said he did.

“I think it’s totally accurate,” he told reporters. “He funds her.”

Mr Key denied the comments were offensive or sexist and said he would say the same thing about Mana leader Hone Harawira.

“I think she is literally being funded by Kim Dotcom … if he wasn’t putting up the money, she wouldn’t be there,” Mr Key said.

He didn’t accept that there was a sexual component to a sugar daddy, defining it as “someone who funds somebody else”.

It’s not unreasonable to think that Dotcom is something like “a generous benefactor of a cause or undertaking” and Harre is “a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain“. 

‘Sugar daddy’ and ‘whore’ tend towards derogatory but are hardly extreme especially in the current political climate where the Internet Party promotes “fuck John Key” via Youtube.

It’s not pretty, and it’s likely to turn more people off politics and off voting, but som eof the candidates and parties seem intent on trivialising the election and resorting to person attacks and side shows.

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  1. Anna Read

     /  11th August 2014

    If Laila Harre is so thin-skinned, I wonder that she can bear to be in politics. And why does she support the students being egged on by Herr DotKomm to cry ‘Fuck John Key’ as political expression, but not a remark about her ? Poor wee girlie, did the nasty boy make a nasty remark about her, then ?

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  2. pimpette

     /  11th August 2014

    actually, i also quite like the definition found in the ‘Urban Dictionary’……

    “a lonely, desperate, usually but not always overweight, unattractive man, who has nothing else going for him except money, which he uses along with expensive gifts to attract a woman, who is usually but not always younger, where the woman would normally have nothing to do with the man, if he didn’t have the money to lavish upon her, and forgo any type of true love based on attraction or personality, or dignity to do so”

    sort of sums it up really don’t you think 🙂

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  3. Phil Wild

     /  11th August 2014

    Pimpette, great post. However I digress – ” given the integrity that I bring into the political system,” oh please, what integrity – I am fairly sure that even the Greens would not support any such claim after jumping out of their bed to cosy up to “your sugar daddy” How many parties has she been associated with?.

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  4. This shows that ‘Team Key’ are not really looking to fight the election, as a contest of ideas.. more like a personality/mud slinging contests.. presidential-style campaign ?

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    • In reality elections are more won and lost on personalities and vague perceptions rather than “a contest of ideas”.

      This is accentuated by the media approach – they are not concerned about good democratic process, they are competing for sensation.

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