“Just a bit of fun” – buffoon or arsehole?

John Key has apparently repeated claiming the hair pulling was “just a bit of fun” (reported on the Paul Henry Show).

He has already been quoted saying it was “horsing around”, an unfortunate description of pony tail pulling.

At Kiwiblog, where there has been a lot of excuse making for Key’s behaviour, Weihana suggested:

Seems more buffoon-ish than arsehole-ish.

One of Key’s traits is being a bit buffoonish, and some find it endearing.

The problem here is that one person’s buffoon can be another person’s arsehole.

It’s not uncommon for bullies to claim they are just having a bit of fun, just horsing around, just being a buffoon. However the targets of their attention may think otherwise, and often do.

The victim of Key’s hair pulling has made it clear she didn’t think it was fun.

And buffoons who persist can become arseholes to those on the receiving end.

This is something that Key hasn’t yet shown he understands. And neither apparently do his defenders.

I think this is something Key has to address. If he does he could repair some of the damage. If he doesn’t the damage could and probably will deepen.

Many people are ‘weirded out” by what Key seems to have a habit of doing. If they remain weirded out then Key’s chances of being kicked out by voters will grow.

Some people say this issue will quickly fade away. It will, partially. But there’s a very good chance it will be a nail or two in National’s last term coffin.

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  1. Trichophillia ??

     /  24th April 2015

    “Hello baby, yeah, this is the Big John speaking…
    Oh, you sweet thing…..
    Chantily lace and a pretty face
    And a pony tail hanging down
    That wiggle when you walk and giggle when you talk
    Makes the world go round

    There’s nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
    That makes me act so funny, make me spend my money
    Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
    Oh baby, you know what I like”

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    • Mike C

       /  24th April 2015

      @Tess. I don’t think that John Key suffers from trichophillia, but I am positive that the Waitress and the Rosie Restaurant Owners and Rachel Glucina and Martyn Bradbury and Shayne Currie all have “trick&foolya” disorder 🙂

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  2. Traveller

     /  24th April 2015

    The only ones “weirded out” are on the left. I’ve never seen people of my acquaintance so pissed off and so engaged on Facebook. They’re rooting for the PM believe me. Endeavouring to elevate this story to a scandal will impact negatively on the left. This is not camel’s back straw or the magic bullet they’re floundering about for and the timing is bad, very bad.
    Even worse than when the same interests hijacked the 2014 election by advancing the interests of a thieving hacker activist over the people’s need for an adult conversation people are beyond peeved that the MSM are now hijacking ANZAC 100 preferring gotcha politics and are making a mockery of our core values. People all over NZ have knitted poppies by the thousands, parents, kids and grandparents have compiled important and extraordinary tributes and the media are feeding us this codswallop.

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    • duperez

       /  24th April 2015

      Of course they’re rooting for the PM. You put your baby to bed year after year, you invest your life in your child and one day they do something unwise. If it’s murdering someone you stick with them but often the evidence is hard to counteract. If the unwise act ends in others subjectively calling them a “buffoon” or an “arsehole” you get your dander up.
      The emotional investment is massive. The pedestal Mr Key is very firm and people have pushed it very high. Some will look up and see someone out of reach, untouchable. Others will see an arsehole.

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    • Mike C

       /  24th April 2015

      @Trav. The psychotic MSM’s are not only overshadowing the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC … today is the anniversary of the terrible 1968 Wahine disaster.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  24th April 2015

    Still waiting for the witness reports of what the PM did in front of a cafe full of people?

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  4. It never ceases to amaze me what small minds most of our MSM journalists have. To suggest that such a media beatup would in any way affect the votes of New Zealand voters is a gross insult to our intelligence and maturity. For God’s sake, get a life and act with some maturity.

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    • traveller

       /  24th April 2015

      The reporter I will never have any respect for now is Audrey Young. Her hot headed outburst where she declared that Key hadn’t been running the country well during his entire tenure as PM was very telling and as far as I am concerned says a lot about the Herald and it’s political slant.

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      • Mike C

         /  24th April 2015

        @Trav. I am starting to believe that every single journalist working at the Herald is employed for their political leaning, rather than their work acumen and ethics.

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  5. Maybe the best adjective, for Key’s antics is: ‘serial PULLER’ LOL 🙂

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  6. Goldie

     /  24th April 2015

    “I think this is something Key has to address.”
    At the time he accepted what he did was OTT, and he apologised and gave a couple of bottles of wine as a ‘sorry’.
    He has subsequently been open that he did it, it was inappropriate, and has apologised again.

    What more do you expect Key to do?

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