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Robyn Malcolm on Key

Written By: - Date published: 3:03 pm, November 7th, 2011 - 113 comments
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Interesting to see a high profile, popular celebrity come out and speak her mind on John Key. Here are some of the highlights:

Robyn Malcolm’s vitriolic PM attack

The Greens’ election campaign opened with a vitriolic attack on Prime Minister John Key and his Government from actor Robyn Malcolm who savaged what she described as his preference for photo opportunities over tackling environmental and social problems.

The Outrageous Fortune star MC’ed the Greens’ opening in Wellington, as she did three years earlier, when “we ended up voting in a Government who’ve revealed their total lack of interest in leading us into the 21st century with any innovation, courage, or social integrity, despite what a nice guy he [Mr Key] seems to be”.

The National Government had shown an “unshakeable and abiding love” of new roads and fossil fuels “and will gut any part of our landscape to get at them”. …

But fronting the campaign opening in Wellington, Malcolm savaged Mr Key’s performance.

National had demonstrated “a disregard for the 200,000 children living below the international poverty line”, a “clear lack of understanding on how to support children’s education”, and a “dispassionate and punitive approach to those in our prisons,” she said.

The Prime Minister and his party had “an inability to follow through on promises of any kind … and now a determination to sell a percentage of our strong revenue returning assets”.

But National would “make anything up for a Hollywood mogul should they happen to come down this way” – a reference to employment law changes made in response to Sir Peter Jackson’s warnings his Hobbit films would not be made here.

New Zealand was “fast becoming one of the most inegalitarian and backward countries in the OECD” but “we have a leader who seems to be more interested in talking about his cats on the radio, being seen at the rugby and getting on the cover of the Women’s Weekly”.

113 comments on “Robyn Malcolm on Key ”

  1. Roy 1

    “Vitriolic”? She’s just being matter-of-fact, IMO.

    • Agreed entirely Roy.  I would not have been so reserved with my language …
       
      But another beat up by the Herald.  This Slater inspired “left is nasty right is nice” meme is really driving me to distraction.  I can imagine nothing further from the truth.

      • thejackal 1.1.1

        One only has to have a look through Slater’s previous posts (which he’s made hard to search in a site downgrade) to know who is really nasty.

        He’s been on a personal crusade to discredit Phil Goff and Trevor Mallard with some of the nastiest bullshit around… Hypocrisy much?

        The more people like Robyn Malcom speaking their minds the better. The emperors new clothes spin from the right is as see through as Keys credibility… and only observable by those who are deluded.

    • The Voice of Reason 1.2

      Robyn has commented on that on her fb page:
       
      “Crumbs. Since when did the Herald go “full tabloid” in its headlines?? Good grief, hardly vitriol, was wearing pink!”
       
      The problem for the senior editors of the Herald is that ‘truthful, accurate dismantling of the drunken monkey PM’ can’t be used as a headline if they want to keep their jobs, so ‘vitriolic’ it is.

    • Bearded Git 1.3

      Also agree entirely Roy. Malcolm is simply stating the facts about Key.

    • toad 1.4

      Funnily enough, the headline in the print version of the Herald was something like “Star tells Key his fortune” (don’t have exact working to hand to quote precisely, but it was pretty innocuous).

      But when it went on-line, the “vitriolic PM attack” headline had been substituted. Don’t think Adam Bennett responsible for that – it would have been someone much more senior at Fox News the Herald.

  2. Carol 2

    I laughed at this bit

    but “we have a leader who seems to be more interested in talking about his cats on the radio, being seen at the rugby and getting on the cover of the Women’s Weekly”.

    “I thought that was my job,” said Malcolm,

    Exactly.

  3. King Kong 3

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    [sprout]

  4. Robyn Malcolm is a bloody Legend!

    ‘vitriolic’? what a joke!
    herald journalists must be very, very polite and sensitive little dears these days

  5. Gosman 5

    So celebrity support for John Key vis-a-vis the Mad Butcher is bad and should be discouraged but celebrity attacks are just telling it how it is and should be appauded – Is that the general position here then?

    • Carol 5.1

      Wasn’t the Mad Butcher’s comment part of a general media article/appearance, unlike Malcolm’s which ois expliditly incorporated in the Green’s campaign?

      • Lanthanide 5.1.1

        Yes. Mad Butcher gave very specific and long-winded praise for John Key, after saying that he normally chose to stay out of politics but was so impressed by John Key that he had to speak up this time. And he didn’t only do it once, either, he did it again at his next media gig which was on TV for something that was again unrelated to politics.

        Source: Media Watch in whatever week it was that this happened.

    • For me, the problem with the Mad Butcher’s endorsement of Key was that it was completely out of context (Jim Mora clearly didn’t know where on earth the sudden comment came from, or why it erupted) and incoherent – and I don’t mean that as anything other than a description. 

      Listen to the audio of Peter Leitch. There was some comment about how important the election was, something unrelated about Pike River and then saying he endorsed Key. It made no sense.

      At least there is something to consider in Malcolm’s comments, some analysis – and it was obviously in context for where she was. 

      • Rodel 5.2.1

        Look! Peter! I’ll give you a knighthood for being a noisy meat purveyor and supporting a privately owned sports club …if you support me politically on the radio.Scratching bellys and backs. Or is it brown nosing?
        I now don’t buy from Leitch’s shops.

    • Tiger Mountain 5.3

      False equivalency stumble of the day award goes to Gossie.

    • Richard 5.4

      Can’t hear the screams of condemnation for Peter Jackson’s brown-nosing of John Key. He might not have had much to say, but taking John Key on a personal tour of his movie set during an election campaign is declaring your affiliations just as strongly (if not as honestly) as Robyn Malcolm.
      But hang on, there is a difference – one is doing it for the money and it ain’t Shezza West.

  6. Nice to see one of the incrowd give it to Key in spades.

  7. dazed & confused 7

    A television actress who did her best to sabotage the Hobbit speaks her mind and for some unknown reason it’s front page news. Anyone would think she was Katherine Hepburn…

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Peter Jackson did his best to sabotage NZ workers and give tax payers money to his Hollywood bosses. Get your facts right.

    • Peter Jackson was the quisling betraying NZ, not Malcolm.

      • Rodel 7.2.1

        I’ll give you a knighthood for your money making but boring movies if you let me be photographed in your silly hobbit cave.The brown-nosing reeks.
        Same its too late for Ritchie-or has Ritchie got integrity? I suspect unlike Jones and Tuigimala? he has..

    • Draco T Bastard 7.3

      Another attempt at re-writing history by a RWNJ.

      The actress was trying to do her best for NZ. NAct and their sycophants were doing their best for Warner Brothers.

  8. John D 8

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    [sprout: take your misogyny back to kiwiblog]

  9. coolas 9

    Well done Robyn, and maybe, just maybe some other celebs will come out and say what a tosser Key is.

    Come on Richie, and Mils, and Dan. Swing the election and save the country from being robbed by MonKey and his mates.

  10. Ianupnorth 10

    Also in the Herald Jerome Kaino at a Labour event today – good to see a hard working player not afraid to back his beliefs!

    BTW, this is about the sixth story of this kind I have ‘broken’ via Open Mike – must be time to make me a moderator?

  11. BLiP 11

    Nice one Robyn. Shame on the New Zealand Fox News Herald.

  12. In Vino Veritas 12

    A long bow has been drawn to say that Robyn Malcolm is a high profile, well known celebrity……..

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Well done Robyn, I look forward to a future governement repealing the dirty filthy “Hobbit Enabling Act”.

    The Herald is obviously nearing full tabloid status-“vitriol” for calling it as you see it? har har. This woman is a feisty type, you would know if she meant to be cutting.

  14. ianmac 14

    I did send an email to Adam Bennett this morning questioning his use of “vitriolic.” He probably sees the interest as a win-win.
    Otherwise I thought Robyn’s words were apt and well founded.

  15. Steve Wrathall 15

    Robyn who?

  16. infused 16

    Pitty no one cares about her after the bullshit around the hobbit.

    She’s doing well, however, to make sure she’s never seen on TV again.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      Ah, a RWNJ endorsing discrimination on political grounds. What a surprise.

    • Carol 16.2

      Shades of McCarthyism! Stand up for the policies she think are best for her co-workers and country, criticise the government/PM……. and she gets blocked from future employment in her chosen career?

    • bbfloyd 16.3

      not a bad line in ‘petty bitchery” imbibed…..a bit shallow, but it shows a willingness to try anyway…

  17. starboard 17

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    [sprout: one more and you are banned munter]

  18. chris73 18

    How about she either put up (run for parliament) or shut up (stick to acting)

    I dislike “celebrity” endoresements on either side.

    • McFlock 18.1

      Because only politicians are allowed to express political opinions? If only some of them would!
       
      At least RM talks about more important stuff than vasectomies and cats.

      • chris73 18.1.1

        No I dislike them because it suggests that if you’re a celebrity your opinion matters, why not get a check out chicks opinion or a road sweepers?

        • McFlock 18.1.1.1

          You mean a “vox pop”? Frequently done. Even by Bunnings 🙂
            
          Not to mention the BRT or Nonsensical Sentencing opinions widely distributed about the place. So screw it, might as well have actors, too. But of course the real publicity in an election campaign should go to the politicians – if they actually say something political. Although watching John Banks clusterfuck holding a toddler and try to appear friendly to Asian voters was good for comic relief.

          ‘Tis a topsy-turvey world. Our actors are politicians, our politicians are comedians, and some of our comedians are getting hollywood acting roles. Well, the ones from flight of the conchords, anyway.

           

        • Scotty 18.1.1.2

          Chris73
          McDonalds workers, ok with you?

          • chris73 18.1.1.2.1

            They made more sense then Phil Goff talking of expanding WFF to beneficiary families

        • Tigger 18.1.1.3

          Nope. She won’t shut up because she wants to make the world and better place and I applaud her for it. And she’s put up plenty – her stand on behalf of actors has probably cost her dearly since the film and TV industry love to punish anyone who questions the producers.

          And chris73, if you’re so worried about this then anytime Key has spoken about anything other than politics you must be going crazy – because by your logic politicians shouldn’t be speaking about anything other than politics.

          • Tom Gould 18.1.1.3.1

            People are starting to wake up to that nice man Mr. Key. He is fiercely political behind the smile and wave facade, and visciously ruthless in his retribution on anyone who dares cross him. And it will only get worse as the economy stalls and the cover up gets bigger. He is even showing the early signs of meglomania, calling them “my All Blacks” and describing the new Crown fleet as “my cars”. Muldoon revisited, but without an objective MSM this time?

            • chris73 18.1.1.3.1.1

              You lefties have fallen into the same trap that the right fell into with dear leader.

              You make John Key out to be more then he is, remember hes just a man not some physical representation of all thats right wing

              • Colonial Viper

                John Key’s a great PR front for the Right Wing, he himself is pretty moderate Right in his views, its his big money backers who are the fuckers.

              • fmacskasy

                “dear leader” should be spelt “Dear Leader”.

                Do not mess this up. The NZ Herald will not be pleased – and will denounce you!

          • chris73 18.1.1.3.2

            Just as long as her views are left-wing

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.3.2.1

              Left wing: yep, striving against ever increasing income inequality in this country. A so-called rich country with tens of thousands of children hungry and cold. And right wing pricks who like it that way as long as it is in someone else’s suburb.

        • bbfloyd 18.1.1.4

          tell me again.. i seem to have missed something… how many checkout operaters were on the speakers list at the green party opening event? or road sweepers?

          oh wait… it’s coming to me now….. so it wasn’t that robyn malcolm that was the actors equity representative that was mercilessly smeared, defamed, by the news media in tandem with the prime minister, and had to endure months of abuse and threats over what turned out to be utter lies spoken about her, and helen kelly, by our prime minister?

          no, of course, this is a completely different one that has no relevant and topical insight regarding an important aspect of leadership, and it’s execution…… silly me to think the greens would get anyone who knew what they were talking about to speak at a natiionally broadcast event….

          • chris73 18.1.1.4.1

            I agree with you, she has no relevant and topical insight regarding an important aspect of leadership, and it’s execution

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.4.1.1

              Oh she must have hit the nail on Key’s head; after all you can’t be saying that YOU have more relevance and ‘topical insight’ can you?

          • fmacskasy 18.1.1.4.2

            Wow! She’s really gotten into your comfort zones!?!?

  19. marsman 19

    I live in Wellington and don’t normally buy the Herald but when I saw the front page I had to have a copy. Good on you Robyn Malcolm!!!!!

  20. Tanz 20

    Just another meaningless celebrity endorsement for the Greens, and hatred for the norm. Celebs always go for lefty, trendy, unsustainable policy, no brains, lots of mouth.

  21. belladonna 21

    You’re a star Robyn Malcolm!

  22. Dan1 22

    She is wonderful! She tells it like it is. No smoke and mirrors and downright lies. The emperor’s new clothes are definitely being seen for what they are.
    Her courage in facing the wrath of the movie moguls was vindicated when the US movie firms can now bring crews in at will without having to hire local crews. Real aspirational stuff Mr Key.

    New Zealander of the Year!

  23. ropata 23

    No complaints about the headline or story, it grabbed reader attention and the choice quotes gave something to think about. Good to see a bit of fire from the Greens, challenging the status quo etc

  24. Is it true that Robyn can drink more wine than Ruth?

  25. kriswgtn 25

    Good on her for having the guts to criticize Key

    Kick ass Robyn

  26. LynW 26

    Well done Robyn. You are a courageous woman.

  27. Tiger Mountain 27

    How dare feisty left wing women speak up! Robyn was threatened with the old movie cliche for real “you’ll never work in this town again” during the shameful Hobbit debacle.

    And now it seems http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10764503
    tory Cameron Brewer wants her “axed” from fronting a supercity council waste initiative. What bullies.

    • Hami Shearlie 27.1

      Cameron Brewer says Robyn Malcolm is too partisan. John Key’s little toe-sucker A.K.A. Cameron Brewer is hardly neutral is he? And what is political about rubbish recycling? People from left and right support it?

  28. Outrageous Fortune got 8 million a year in tax payer dollars (nzonair), I bet she didnt speak out against that being a waste of public money.

    • fmacskasy 28.1

      Deflecting much, Brett?

      Sorry, bud – no link to be made between the two issues.

      No banana.

      • Brett Dale 28.1.1

        Yes there is actually a link, its a huge link, those in glass houses.

        All these celebs who shout out “What about health and education?”

        They all end up shutting their mouths when Government funding comes for their projects?

        $8 Million is a lot of money. That might of feed a lot of kids in Poverty and not fund some telly programme.

        • fmacskasy 28.1.1.1

          No, Brett.

          If you were truly concerned about children in poverty, then deflecting onto Robyn Malcolm would be the last thing on your mind.

  29. Vitriolic?!

    Did I hear the right opening speech?

    Robyn Malcolm may’ve been critical – but when did that become an offence in this country? Has the term “Dear Leader” become a reality?? And will the NZ Herald be renamed “Pravda”?

  30. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 30

    She’s supporting a party I do not like? Disgraceful. At times like this, I like to ask myself, what would Darien Fenton do?

  31. Tiger Mountain 31

    Falsely weighted equivalency there Gormless, it is about power relationships not public profile. Sir Mad is a millionare with substantial business connections. Robyn is an actor. Acting being a most precarious form of employment.

  32. anne 32

    Why can’t robyn speak out,we are still allowed that right? key shafted the actors in favour of the warner’s,the film could have been made here,but corporate greed took over again and key acted like a litle limp weed and handed the corporate the power.
    I notice anything to do with shonkey deals involving key and english are not printed,there is a blackout of their corrupt practises in govt.
    Now what would you call that sort of media control?

  33. Pete 33

    I am happy for actors to speak out, but they have to take the fall out when their comments are long on rhetoric and short on substance.

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