Thick as batshit

November 3rd, 2012 at 11:56 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister has described soccer star as being as thick as batshit, Radio New Zealand reported.

During a visit to a high school in Dunedin yesterday Mr Key joked with a group of pupils, saying his son spent 45 minutes with Beckham during the star’s visit.

Beckham came to New Zealand in December 2008 for an Oceania All Stars exhibition match which cost the Auckland region $1.8 million, just a month after John Key was first elected Prime Minister.

Only 16,000 fans attended the match.

Mr Key said Beckham was handsome and a really nice guy to spend that long with his son, but was also as thick as batshit.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think media were present for the comments. Basically they are reporting what was a private conversation. Now that is always a risk for any PM.

Mr Key would not be the first person to question Beckham’s intelligence. One of his celebrated quotes is: “I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.”

Oh dear. My other favourite Beckham quote is “My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7″ :-)

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36 Responses to “Thick as batshit”

  1. Harriet (4,990 comments) says:

    “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.” – Greg Norman, Golfer

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  2. thedavincimode (6,803 comments) says:

    Cue Murray Mexted …

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  3. Minnie (98 comments) says:

    Key was in fine form hosting the Farming Show for an hour just prior to that. Radio NZ, who I think was the origin of this non-story, would have truly had their tut-tutting response tickled if they had reported some of what he said there.

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  4. Lazybum (259 comments) says:

    Even The Sun Newspaper has an article on this:
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4624295/Becks-is-as-thick-as-batst.html
    Comments section on Key not complimentary!!

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  5. Paulus (2,633 comments) says:

    Who is to say whether Beckham is or is not as thick as batshit ?
    He has been well past his best for many years as a footballer.
    His wife is the brains in that relationship – she still has him by the balls.

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  6. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    Mr PM, you’re the thick one for stooping to this level.
    Please, stop the inanities and apply yourself to leading the country to a more prosperous future.

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  7. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    Thick but cute, though :)

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  8. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    The Missis isn’t noted for her brainpower either, but she too has class.

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  9. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I’ve heard of bat-shit craziness, but is the thickness of bat shit some kind of metaphor for stupidity and, if so, how? Is the bat shit thicker on Planet Key?

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  10. trout (939 comments) says:

    So the faux outrage persists; I wonder how many of the offended have called John Key worse names. In the kiwi lexicon’ ‘thick as batshit’ is a perfectly reasonable description; and remember this is a considered observation made to kids who may have been hoodwinked (as many are) into believing that sports stars are intelligent. Always a mystery to me why people expect athletes, who have amazing hand/eye coordination and magnificent bodies, to be intelligent and good decision makers. (Chris Cairns comes to mind but there are plenty of other examples).

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  11. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    We want them to be smart, because we like them and and we want people we like to be smart as well.
    I’m still worried about the etymology here though. I though it was pig-shit for thickness and bat-shit for craziness.

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  12. MT_Tinman (3,205 comments) says:

    Trout, compared with the show-biz nutters regularly lionized most sportsmen are intelligent.

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  13. thedavincimode (6,803 comments) says:

    milky

    He was thinking of the new GE bats.

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  14. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Okay, who is Sunny Bill Williams smarter than?

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  15. thedavincimode (6,803 comments) says:

    Mitt Romney?

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  16. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Now that’s not fair on Mittens. He just struggles to make up his mind and believes the nonsensical claims of a succession of 19th century charlatans.

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  17. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Mikey: since you are so focused on etymology (and presumably its lesser relative spelling), I think I’m right in saying that the muscular rugby player’s first name is SONNY … with an “O” for Awesome?

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  18. Azreal (15 comments) says:

    The Beckhams were commonly known as “Thick and Thin”

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  19. MT_Tinman (3,205 comments) says:

    mikenmild (5,347) Says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    Okay, who is Sunny Bill Williams smarter than?

    You for one.

    He’s raking it in while you simply pollute other people’s blogs (for nothing).

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  20. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    Mitt Romney?

    davinci, as a loyal National Party follower you don’t like Romney. But, when did you become a Messiah supporter?

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  21. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Thanks David. I was wondering if anyone would appreciate that Sonny Bill is without a doubt more intelligent than anyone who is poorer than him. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single rugby player in possession of a good fortune must not be in want of any more brain cells.

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  22. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    Jesus people, those who have neither the brains nor the physicality for union turn out for soccer where they can can practice their hollywood dives.
    A soccer player with brains, fuck I meet one, the All White captain.

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  23. trout (939 comments) says:

    There are exceptions: Richie mcCaw, a fearless warrior on the field is also a straight ‘A’ academic. Sonny Williams would probably still be breaking his body at the Bulldogs if it were not for his ‘svengali’, Khoder Nasser.

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  24. paul henry (49 comments) says:

    David Shearer refused to comment.

    He can’t even take a free hit.

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  25. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    I thought Beckham was severely OCD..endlessly tidying things , putting things in rows , fanatical about neatness and tidiness etc..Key is showing his compassionate side again.

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  26. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Bahahahahahaha!

    Gold :-)

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  27. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    If he’d said it about Jacinda Ardern and Clare Curran I’d be a lot more impressed.

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  28. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    Comment says more about Key than Beckham. Moronic comment for a PM to make.

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  29. big bruv (13,935 comments) says:

    Mark

    Why is it moronic?. It is a statement of fact.

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  30. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    RightNow says: *If he’d said it about Jacinda Ardern and Clare Curran I’d be a lot more impressed.*

    Jacinda is a wonderfully awful typically kiwi name for a girl, all of which were inspired by that fantastic cleaner Janola. Names derived from Janola are chosen for the qualities that parents associate with their children…. clean-living, powerful, instant-acting, hardworking, purity… citrus lemon scented.

    Also popular are Jasmine, Jayden, Jaslin, Janelle, Janita, Jandine, Jandace, Jayleen, Janstina and Jantrice.

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  31. tedbear (146 comments) says:

    Am holidaying in UK. Asking lots of people about Key saying Beckham is as thick as batshit.
    Everyone agrees with Key.
    Not only Beckham, but also Rooney and the majority of professional footballers are as thick as batshit according to Mr and Mrs average UK resident.
    Oh the tabloids go on about how David Beckham and wife Victoria can’t be that thick as they are worth over £180 million.
    Well to put the record straight, you can easily be thick as batshit even if you can kick a big round ball into a hugely wide net
    and Victoria Beckham was an unknown nobody until she got in tow with Mr Beckham.

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  32. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    big bruv (10,796) Says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 7:49 am
    Mark

    Why is it moronic?. It is a statement of fact

    Based in your superior intellectual assessment I presume

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  33. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    What is it about us as kiwis that we think we have to belittle those who are more successful than we are to justify our meagre existence. Key’s stupid comments are the tip of the iceberg of the hideous tall poppy syndrome we cannot get above. Whether it is sportsmen like SBW or Beckham we can as a nation help ourselves making comments about their intelligence or performance of these people we do not know.

    It is the very worst side of our culture and at some point we have all been guilty.

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  34. Yvette (2,824 comments) says:

    Martin Devlin devotes around 775 word article – titled Key’s comments a case of ‘dumb and dumber’ – to this for TVNZ, but keeps referring to “as thick as bats#^t”
    bats#^t ?
    Devlin, that’s NOT what Key said, you fucking maroon

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  35. BigFish (132 comments) says:

    Nice to see Key making world news.

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  36. jackp (668 comments) says:

    Manolo, your still bringing in some common sense to this blog. I find it quite remarkable that Farrar would add “Oh dear. My other favourite Beckham quote is “My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7″ :-)

    Beckham rose to #1 in one of the most competitive sports in the world and people like Farrar brings something like that up. Beckham is an icon yet we hear from people like Farrar who patronize their boss.. what are the polls saying now about Key?

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