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Key slammed for derp face

ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 18:10 05/03/2014
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MUG SHOT: Derpface with the Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key.

John Key sings the Fox

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A disability advocacy group has slammed Prime Minister John Key for pulling a "derp face."

Key was caught on camera clowning around at Victoria University earlier today. 

The idiotic expression, with a grin and eyes rolled upwards is used as online visual slang for stupidity, replacing "duh" or "d'oh," and was made popular by the South Park cartoon.

However, some groups find it offensive, as it has been used to mock those with disabilities.

Disabled Persons Assembly chief executive Rachel Noble said pulling the face showed a lack of judgement.

"[It] shows we have a long way to go to reduce attitudinal barriers that impact disabled people’s ability to be equal citizens," she said. Those barriers remain a "major hurdle," she said.

Noble called on Key to set a better example by "consistently modelling desirable attitudes." 

Key posed for a student's Instagram snap, while visiting the university.

Some disabled groups find the "derp face" offensive, as it has been used to mock those with disabilities.

Key is often willing to appear in social media snaps. He posed for a picture with son Max planking in the foreground. Last year he was caught on video imitating the sound of the fox - "chachacha chachacha chachacha chow" - from the Ylvis hit song The Fox (What does the fox say?).

At the university, Key was also snapped by students from Salient magazine, recreating his famous "three way handshake" from the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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