Key brushes off talk of Sir Ian boycott

ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 18:24 20/11/2012
John Key
'GAY RED SHIRT': John Key has brushed off suggestions Sir Ian McKellan is boycotting The Hobbit premier due to his 'gay red shirt' gaffe.

Relevant offers

Politics

John Key walks through Gallipoli's battlefields Wellington joins Auckland in call for motorway tolls Precious metal delivered to Gallipoli John Key visits thousands of Kiwis gathered in Gallipoli Call for justice over Weekes triplets Want to hold the Government to account on climate change? Now's your chance Navy crew ready for Anzac sail past in Aegean Sea Former Southland mayor Frana Cardno dies Tracy Watkins: John Key won't be cut down by hair pulling Chinese fugitives hiding in New Zealand - Interpol

Prime Minister John Key has brushed off suggestions Hobbit star Sir Ian McKellen is boycotting the film's premiere in protest at his "gay red shirt" gaffe.
 
Sir Ian - who plays wizard Gandalf the Great won't walk the red carpet at the glitzy bash next week. Earlier this month he reprimanded Key for his mocking of a radio presenter's red top.

Key said today: "I'd be amazed if that was the case."
 
The Prime Minister is in Cambodia  - where his own striking fuchsia pink shirt caught the attention of US President Barack Obama at a gala dinner of world leaders.
 
He didn't choose the garb - it was allocated to him by Cambodia officials - but he didn't seem too keen on it yesterday. "My office gave them the measurements, but not the colour'.
 
Their conversation on the red-carpet "did start with the shirt, yes ... that could be another diplomatic incident that I can't afford," he said.

"Ï'm going to describe [the shirt] as fetching, which is broadly along the lines that the president described it as well.''
 
After Key's remarks, Sir Ian took to his blog telling Key to "watch his language".

- Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelt Sir Ian McKellen's last name as McKellan.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content