Quote of the Year?

08/12/2017

Voting has opened for Massey University’s Quote of the Year.

The finalists are:

“It’s deeply disappointing, but it’s not gay.”– Actor Jatinder Singh after Nigel calls a dropped pie “gay” in Rainbow Youth’s advertisement. 

“Excuse me for laughing, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been ravaged by a toothless sheep.”– Winston Peters on Gareth Morgan. 

“This is my generation’s nuclear free moment.”– Jacinda Ardern on climate change. 

“I’m embracing my new feather duster status.”– Paula Bennett, ending her tenure as Deputy Prime Minister. 

“First ladyman? Who knows? …Aiming for Michelle Obama, probably gonna be a little bit closer to Prince Philip.”– Clarke Gayford. 

“I am a different shade of brown.”– Student Jai Selkirk of the Dilworth School team winning “Word – The Front Line Poetry Slam” competition. 

“Please tell me that’s not your penis.”– Shortland Street’s Dr Chris Warner (actor Michael Galvin) confronting his son about a photo. 

“If humour is common sense dancing, John Clarke was Nureyev.”– Don McGlashan on the death of John Clarke. 

“…in NZ elections, we all vote then take the ballots—chuck them out—and ask a man called Winston Peters who won.”– Ali Ikram. 

“I’ve not seen the data about the risk factor of death by falling fatty; I’d imagine it’s similar to the risk factor of death by Sharknado.”

– Fat activist and scholar Dr Cat Pause, when asked if fat people are a hazard because they could fall on you.

I’m not sure what the criteria was but for brevity, conviction and passion I would have added Bill English’s line from an eleciton debate – I got up again.

 


McGlashan sees red over TV blue

16/11/2008

Singer Don McGlashan gets full marks for imagery in explaining his anger over TVNZ using his song Anchor Me while showing a montage of National leader John Key’s election victory.

In an angry letter to the network, McGlashan said he had never voted National and “would rather have sex with a very ugly crayfish than let them use my music”.

TVNZ’s agreement with the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) to play a range of New Zealand music at a set fee gave it the right to use the song, but I can understand that how someone with McGlashan’s political leanings would be unhappy about it.

However, I’m having trouble thinking of another song by a New Zealander which might have been used that would not offend a musician because all the ones I can think of lean to the left too.


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