Hot on the heels on the news that he is going to spend valuable time dancing with the stars David Seymour has engaged in a good old fashioned piece of fat shaming.
ACT party politician David Seymour has openly fat-shamed politicians, saying journalists should use a wide-angle lense to figure out which politicians are carrying too many pounds.
Mr Seymour was asked by journalists why he’s claimed entering Dancing With The Stars will make New Zealand a better country.
“Those kids at 0800kidsline that I’m supporting have done more to improve NZ than just about anyone I know,” he said, before going on a tangent about obesity.
“You look around Parliament; there’s a few people carrying a few more pounds than perhaps they should be. It’s healthy for people have a hobby that helps them lose a bit of weight.
“I don’t want to end up dying of a heart attack when there’s so much I could be going to make New Zealand a better place,” he said.
When asked whether that comment was fat-shaming politicians, Mr Seymour kept on waltzing.
“Absolutely, we have an obesity crisis in this country and no-one’s doing anything about it. I am.”
“I don’t think I need to name names,” he said. “I think the media should get out there with your wide-angle lenses and look around.”
It is awkward enough that he is joining up to a vanity project with exactly zero political or national benefit. But justifying it by fat shaming others means that David Seymour is definitely this week’s doofus of the week.