Key rejects Gandalf boycott claims
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 5:25a.m.
By Laura McQuillan
Prime Minister John Key is rejecting speculation his "gay red top" gaffe is the reason one of The Hobbit's stars is skipping the film's world premiere in Wellington.
Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf in the films, will not attend the premiere of The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey on November 28.
In a statement to The One Ring website, Sir Ian said it was thrilling the cast and crew would reunite in Wellington, and he was envious of them.
"As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love."
His absence has prompted speculation the openly gay star is boycotting the premiere after taking offence to the prime minister's on-air remark that a radio host's top was "gay".
Earlier this month, Sir Ian slammed Mr Key's comment in a blog post and urged him to "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," Sir Ian wrote.
However, Mr Key says he does not believe that's the reason Sir Ian won't be in Wellington next week.
"I'd be amazed if that was the case," Mr Key said.
"I don't know why he's not coming but I'd be amazed if it would be over that."
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21/11/2012 9:13:35 p.m.
This actor got thrown out of the "Isle of Man". He can't accept real people. Carry on Key. You are the real deal...and wear what you like , and call it what you like.
21/11/2012 8:04:08 p.m.
sir Ian already said the time making the LOTR movies and now the Hobbit movies has made him to desire other avenues as an actor..he is now 'teaching' kids to be kind to homosexualy...christ what is the world coming to...the word 'GAY' is not owned by homosexuals as is the words queer/faggot...these have been around for centuries, and they have hijacked them, as language moves on, as it does...GAY by teenagers now means 'silly/stupid/wierd' so the homosexuals of the world have copy right to a word(s)...how PC has the western world become?...lol and the islamic world it's the opposite...Irans PM declared Iran has no Homosexuals as it's against the Koran...funny how Sir Ian isn't over there promoting 'Gay' tolerence!...ohh wait easier in western countries eh?
21/11/2012 11:41:23 a.m.
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