I happen to be wearing a red shirt, but that’s coincidence, honestly.
You may think “I came in as John Key and I’m going out as John Key. The media or our opponents will try and portray that as being too casual”, but honestly that is not good enough.
I find it appalling that you think using the word gay to describe something as bad is doing anything but reinforcing the idea that homosexuality itself is bad. You may not mean it that way. That doesn’t matter. Every time you, or someone else, uses the word gay in this way, someone who is coming to terms with their own sexuality finds it harder to be who they are. It might seem acceptable, and not like directly calling someone a “fag”, but it is just as much part of the problem.
It is not ok when children do it.
More importantly, it is never acceptable for any person in a position of authority to do it.
You might say the media cannot change you. But the citizens of New Zealand deserve better than that.
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