John Key has made headlines for bizarre or offensive behaviour before. The Guardian provides its own summary complete with images, video, and ominous parenthetical comment: “John Key: New Zealand prime minister’s weirdest moments (so far)“. But Key has really outdone himself this time:
John Key’s pony tail pulling risks making PM laughing stock
… Key’s failure to read the situation till it had reached a point where the woman felt she was being harassed was a serious misjudgment. Given Key’s popularity, public opinion is likely to be sharply divided. But National’s worry is that it will also turn him into a laughing stock. Judging by the speed with which the story flashed around international media, it already has.
Some of the international headlines:
New York Times: New Zealand’s Premier Apologizes for Pulling Waitress’s Hair
Canada’s CBC News: John Key, New Zealand PM, apologizes for tugging on server’s ponytail
BBC: New Zealand PM John Key apologises for hair-pulling (second most read story yesterday)
The Guardian: New Zealand prime minister John Key apologises for pulling waitress’s hair (top story in The Guardian yesterday)
For several more (with images) see this excellent summary.
— Kate Shuttleworth (@K8Shuttleworth) April 22, 2015