Ian McKellan

Get Key campaign continues at Herald

The Herald ran a story yesterday hypothetically suggesting that Sir Ian McKellan has gone all gay and decided to poo-finger The Hobbit because he is too soft and can’t handle a joke. I’m surprised that it didn’t have David Fisher’s byline on it or a quote from his laptop.

Anyway do we really care about his comments or whether or not he’s been insulted? He’s just one of the hired help.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is rejecting speculation his “gay” gaffe is the reason one of The Hobbit’s stars is skipping the film’s world premiere in Wellington.

Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf in the films, will not attend the premiere ofThe Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey on November 28.

In a statement to The One Ring website, Sir Ian said it was thrilling the cast and crew would reunite in Wellington, and he was envious of them.

“As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love,” he said.

His absence has prompted speculation the openly gay star is boycotting the premiere after taking offence to the prime minister’s on-air remark that a radio host’s red top was “gay”.

Sunlive Editor on Gay Red Top issue

This what an independant editor says about the “gay” shirt saga as opposed to the big city sensitivities of the Herald and Fairfax.

The news industry has been in a frenzy with important stories this week. Nah, never mind who has become the leader of the world’s most powerful nation; or the state of the NZ dollar. We have bigger fish to fry.

Such as, a light-hearted quip by the PM that has been blown into orbit by PC wallies who have nothing better to do than pick at every little nitty bitty comment the man makes. For goodness sake, give the guy a break. He’s been running the country, with some ditzy coalition partners, through economic meltdown, earthquake, collapsing mineshafts and wonky NZ dollar levels and the most important reaction from the NZ public is to lambast him for gooning around on the radio that a red top looked a bit gay.

Here at RR we believe that anyone who gets excited about this story, or PM Key’s comment about gay red shirts, is well short of something to worry about. It’s the sort of comment most Kiwis make without even a second thought. Gay is not a banned word. In fact gay was a word without prejudice, until it was hi-jacked by a certain sector who now try to make a big deal whenever it’s used, for whatever reason.

Ian McKellan gets a serve too.

Even some scruffy old queer hobbit has climbed into the nonsense.  He is worried that the PM’s comments will be hurtful to some people.

We have to wonder at the level of PC garbage in our lives, when the prime minister can’t even make a flippant comment about the colour of someone’s shirt, while gabbling light-heartedly on mindless radio. And let’s face it, that’s mostly all you get on radio these days.

However, if it comes to a matter of credibility between a hairy old gay hobbit and the prime minister, I know who I’ll be backing. And we don’t mean that literally.