More on the Young Nats ball pic from yesterday:
Stuff, Today in Politics:
Bloggers have ball with Nazi comparison
John Key did his usual posing for cameras with Young Nats at their ball in Auckland, kissing cheeks and smiling for all the world like he meant it. But picture posts gave the usual suspects a chance to poke the borax.
Some implied a young man, with arm held high, was making a dubious salute. Blogger Russell Brown came to his "defence", saying it was not a "sieg heil" – though why the man deserved to be called a "douche" by the Media3 host is anyone's guess.
Facebook photos of Saturday night’s Young Nats Ball - view them in their full splendid glory here - started gaining wide attention this afternoon with the circulation of an image featuring what interepreted as an offensive gesture. That photograph has since been deleted. (Update: Following a conversation with a family member of the young man featured, I’ve removed the image, and I’m happy to apologise for any distress it might have caused him.)
So it was all a misunderstanding? A doucheful one nonetheless according to Russell Brown.
The problem with the internet and the speed at which things take place is that before any response can be made the young man's rep and that of the Young Nats has taken a shit shower.
Well, it looks like what it looks like - regardless of whether it was intentional or not - and people will use it to mock them...