We don’t know about you, but over here we’ve been rubbing our hands together desperately waiting to hear what former AFL player and television personality Sam Newman is making of this whole ‘Jacinda-Ardern-responds-flawlessly-to-Christchurch-attack’ situation.
And finally we know.
He. Doesn’t. Like. It.
WATCH: Jacinda Ardern has redefined what it means to be a leader in a time of crisis.
You see, in the six days since New Zealand endured the most deadly terror attack in its history, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shown the world what a real leader looks like.
Within moments, she referred to the massacre as a terror attack. Within 24 hours, she committed to changing New Zealand’s gun laws, and announced there would be compensation for all victims – which would include covering the full cost of funerals.
Wearing a black headscarf, Ardern embraced hundreds of mourners, placing herself as a human first and a politician second.
On Tuesday, the 37-year-old made a historic speech, where she said of the terrorist who claimed 50 lives: “You will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”
For reasons that are entirely unclear, 73-year-old Newman took issue with that stance.
Yesterday afternoon he tweeted, “Thank heavens NZ prime minister said she will never mention the name of the terrorist. How grating is her accent?”
Aaaaaand that’s why we’re stuck with Scott Morrison, while New Zealand gets a Jacinda Ardern.
Upon examination, it would appear Ardern has what would be widely referred to as a ‘New Zealand accent’, shared by approximately 4.7 million other New Zealanders.
Whether or not Newman finds it ‘grating’ is a) … rude b) subjective and c) entirely irrelevant.
I’ve found most of what Newman has said throughout his career grating but, hey, you don’t hear me complaining.
But, perhaps we should give Newman the benefit of the doubt.
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We decided to look through his Twitter and see if he has acknowledged any of Ardern’s work in the past week and… oh.
He’s been complaining about Foxtel.