Rumours are flying, could John Key’s gay red shirt gaffe be the real reason why Sir Ian McKellen won’t be at the world premiere of The Hobbit?
Sir Ian spoke out about the John Key’s comments saying, “Mr Key should watch his language. I’m currently touring secondary schools in UK, attacking homophobia in the playground and discouraging kids from the careless use of “gay” which might make their gay friends (and teachers) feel less about themselves. So even as he supports the proposal to introduce same-gender marriages in New Zealand, I do hope John Key listens to his critics and appreciates their concern. Careless talk damages lives.”
He has given his reasonings for missing the premiere on the One Ring website; “I’m currently touring secondary schools in UK, attacking homophobia in the playground and discouraging kids from the careless use of ‘gay’ which might make their gay friends (and teachers) feel less about themselves.”
His comments have prompted many to put two and two together, sparking rumours that he has chosen to boycott the premiere.
A spokeswomen for the Prime Minister says, “Sir Ian McKellen’s attendance at the Hobbit premiere is a matter for him to respond to and he’s already issued a statement through Warner Bros regarding that.”
John Key has responded by saying, “I’d be amazed if that was the case, I don’t know why he’s not coming, but I’d be amazed if it would be over that.”
Sir Ian is an active gay rights supporter and was once named as Britain’s most influential gay person, topping the Pink List in 2006; an annual ranking of gay men and women who are leaders in industry including the arts, media, politics and business.
Sir Ian McKellen could be reached for comment.
| Sarah Murphy