Kiwi politicians read mean tweets about themselves

NZ Herald Staff,
Publish Date
Saturday, 16 September 2017, 4:41p.m.

New Zealand's most prominent politicians agreed to be filmed reading the meanest tweets people have written about them.

The video, produced by the University of Auckland's Public Policy Club, features a number of MPs from both sides of the political spectrum, including Prime Minister Bill English.

The video producers describe it as a "showcase of some of the best (and worst) tweets about your favourite politicians, read by the politicians themselves".


The video is inspired by US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live's famous segment, which regularly features celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves.

In the Kiwi politics version, published this morning on Facebook, Green Party leader James Shaw read a tweet telling him to "f*** off and be stupid in private" while Prime Minister Bill English read a tweet suggesting he has bad breath (an allegation he promptly refuted).

The Maori Party's Te Ururoa Flavell was mocked because of his grey beard fading into his grey tie while United Future's Peter Dunne was called a "chinless wonder".

Gareth Morgan, David Seymour, Nikki Kaye, Simon Bridges, Gareth Hughes and Gerry Brownlee also feature in the video.

The creators have said both Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters were approached and gave promising responses about appearing in the video, but ultimately could not find time in their schedules.

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