Beer Pong

February 10th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister has defended downing several cups of during a drinking game yesterday, saying it was not “too crazy” and in the spirit of fun.

Mr Key was challenged to a game of beer pong at the Big Gay Out in Auckland’s Pt Chevalier yesterday. He agreed, and had to down several cups of beer in the process.

On TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning Mr Key defended his decision to take part in the game.

Asked about the link between games like beer pong and irresponsible drinking, Mr Key said: “I’ve heard those sorts of things before. I mean look, it was a bit of fun. It was about that much beer [about an inch] in the cups, so it wasn’t anything too crazy.”

Mr Key added it was “in the spirit of a bit of fun”.

Beer Pong is a great fun game, and as the PM says the amount in a cup is around a quarter of a standard drink so he probably had less than a standard drink in total. The fun police need to be less uptight. He got challenged to take part, and he played along for a couple of minutes. I guess some people would rather he gave them all a lecture on how beer pong is an evil game, and they should all drink fruit juice instead of beer.

He said he would “definitely win” a game of beer pong against Labour leader David Cunliffe.

“Wouldn’t be any doubt about it.”

Now that would be a great televised sport :-)

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57 Responses to “Beer Pong”

  1. Ashley Schaeffer (407 comments) says:

    It’s a sad state of affairs that we are in that Key even feels the need to defend himself on this issue. FFS.

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  2. dime (9,442 comments) says:

    Cunliffe must be hating Key.

    I chucked a pic of JK playing beer pong on facebook. Instant shit ton of likes.

    People like the guy.

    No one likes cunliffe, not even cunliffe.

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  3. Roflcopter (427 comments) says:

    Would be more fun than watching political debates…. make it a last-man-standing beer pong marathon, TV ratings would go through the roof.

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  4. OTGO (512 comments) says:

    Went to SFO last year with my wife and our teenage daughters. Stayed with friends that they had never met and they had teenagers too. Within 20 minutes of us arriving the teenagers were playing beer pong. I am forever famous for the backhanded flip into the last cup for the win.

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  5. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Spontaneously scoffed and described cunners as an “idiot” in his talk about the nz expat issue in Oz with the odd little elf this morning. Good to see him adopting the language that all voters can understand. Even liebour voters.

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  6. nickb (3,659 comments) says:

    I see Dunny is now boasting of his drinking prowess on twitter to Andrea Vance…show utterly sad.

    How weird was it that Cunliffe retorted by saying he could “drink Key under the table”? He just comes off as having little man syndrome when he could have appeared above it all

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  7. tvb (4,208 comments) says:

    He is going after Culiffe big time. He called Cunliffe an idiot today. This is a much harder side to Gentleman John which we have not seen before.

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  8. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    ‘This is a much harder side to Gentleman John ‘

    Uber confident. Plus Labour has never made an issue about the un needed TPP which Key is

    uber desperate to sign for US corporate interests.

    Why do we need the TPP when we already have FTA’s and a new one with Russia this year.

    Love to know the answer.

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  9. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    nickb – you are not reporting that accurately. He responded to a group discussion with:

    @LI_politico @avancenz @mcquillanatorz If it’s going to come down to a drinking contest one minor party that would fancy its chances

    He wasn’t referring top himself, as he clarified what I thought was kinda obvious:

    @felixmarwick @LI_politico @avancenz @mcquillanatorz I was actually thinking of a pin-striped minor party that says its not a minor party

    There’s ongoing animosity there but something he should keep out of.

    Something Labour haven’t learnt is if you want to put down an opponent you need to apply a description that is readily recognisable as apt.

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  10. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  11. RRM (9,467 comments) says:

    Would be more fun than watching political debates…. make it a last-man-standing beer pong marathon, TV ratings would go through the roof.

    We’d probably get a more honest and accurate view of their ideas for the country, too…

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  12. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    Bob Hawke still holds the world record for a yardie, IIRC.

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  13. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    iMP – while I get your point this was one part of his Big Gay Outing that the media chose to highlight. Key often joins in the fun – and yes, there’s no reason why some gay people might not have fun playing drinking games like other ordinary people.

    I don’t think a code of PC PM conduct is needed. Imperfect ordinary person-ness is a good attribute.

    In the meantime Cunliffe looks like a grape at a brewery.

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  14. dime (9,442 comments) says:

    iMP – really?

    1. Below the dignity of a prime minister. – piss off! Bob Hawke. I rest my case. LOVED in aussie.

    2. Hardly appropriate around the Jesse Ryder and binge drinking issues we all face – so because some moron got pissed, no one else can? whats the binge drinking issue that I face? i was unaware i had a problem.. i guess the first step…

    3. Why is sculling drinks in a ‘game’ an aspect of Gay Pride? – its beer pong! how old are you? its like, a thing. its not like he sat down an polished off a litre of tequila while playing mexi and then broke the place up.

    are you a dude or a chick?

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  15. BeaB (2,058 comments) says:

    iMP
    Spare us the new wowserism.
    Just because a few can’t control their drinking doesn’t mean the rest of us have to go all po-faced.
    Lighten up.
    Enjoy having a decent bloke for PM who can enjoy a beer, have some fun, take the mick out of himself and go home to a happy family life.
    No wonder the media can’t cope – or the Left.

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  16. peterwn (3,163 comments) says:

    I thought a contest with David Cunliffe would be on an uneven playing field – until I realised David had access to a CR car to be driven away too.

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  17. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    while I get your point this was one part of his Big Gay Outing that the media chose to highlight. Key often joins in the fun

    Unfortunate wording there…

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  18. si_rangi (60 comments) says:

    This is another reason why he remains one of the most popular PM’s of our time

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  19. secondcumming (90 comments) says:

    Doubt Patricia Bartlett would have been too impressed either…..

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  20. RRM (9,467 comments) says:

    Imp –

    1 – sez you

    2- it is BAD and SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. Proceed immediately to the Green Party membership page.
    3 – I think gays enjoy a beer too… I know this may seem confusing…?

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  21. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    After the Yeah! here comes the nah.

    @mizjwilliams

    .@DavidCunliffeMP says he was kidding about drinking JK under the table and binge drinking is a problem.

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  22. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    invite them to play that neknominate game.

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  23. James Stephenson (2,033 comments) says:

    @DavidCunliffeMP says he was kidding…

    Explaining is?

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  24. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    More explaining.

    @mizjwilliams

    .@DavidCunliffeMP says he’s never played it and wouldn’t. so i guess it’ll end up coming down to rock-scissors-paper after all

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  25. nasska (10,680 comments) says:

    RRM

    ….”2- it is BAD and SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. Proceed immediately to the Green Party membership page.”….

    Or the CCCP….the standout feature of both parties is that they know what’s best for us & by God or Ghaia they know how to make us do it.

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  26. Sponge (145 comments) says:

    Good on him but not a patch on Bob Hawke.

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  27. dime (9,442 comments) says:

    “.@DavidCunliffeMP says he was kidding about drinking JK under the table and binge drinking is a problem.”

    Pete – i thought you said he didnt say tha, nick wasnt reporting accurately… blah

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  28. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    The funny thing is once again Key “gets it” and Cunliffe is oblivious to his ignorance.

    Mr Key says he would definitely beat David Cunliffe at a game of beer pong.

    The Labour leader seems up for it.

    “I could, I’m sure – if the moment arose – drink him under the table. I have body mass on my side.”

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/1638566970-i-could-drink-key-under-the-table—cunliffe

    As DPF points out on Twitter – “For those who haven’t played beer pong, you win it by having good aim – not by drinking ability.”

    The loser ends up drinking.

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  29. Psycho Milt (2,267 comments) says:

    If only it could play out like this:

    “Asked about the link between games like beer pong and irresponsible drinking, Mr Key said: ‘Oh, fuck off.’”

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  30. dime (9,442 comments) says:

    Do we know if Cunliffe played beer pong when attending harvard business school?

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  31. James Stephenson (2,033 comments) says:

    I’ve never played it either, seems to be some kind of Seppo thing that I’d never heard of until I moved here.

    I’d say it’s odds-on you’dget pissed quicker if you took a sip every time Cunliffe changed his stated position on a subject.

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  32. jp_1983 (188 comments) says:

    dime (8,336 comments) says:
    February 10th, 2014 at 3:57 pm
    Do we know if Cunliffe played beer pong when attending harvard business school?

    Right after he help found Fonterra in between walking on water and lunch time

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  33. SHG (364 comments) says:

    Beer pong is seppo bullshit and an insult to any self-respecting member of the Commonwealth.

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  34. Zapper (926 comments) says:

    Good old Cunliffe. Realises his response was pathetic and the wrong path to take, then tries to backpedal and go with a different response pretending he hadn’t already responded. Sorry Cunners, you only get one chance and you blew it (Big Gay Out pun unintended).

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  35. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    Slightly off-topic but still Key versus Cunliffe, Duncan Garner pours a jug of flat beer over Cunliffe:

    These Kiwis ditched New Zealand; why should that be Australia’s problem? They may indeed be taking the job of an Australian in the process.

    The rules have been clear since 2001 when Helen Clark and John Howard agreed to them. This is why David Cunliffe’s faux outrage should be ignored. He was part of a Government that signed this over. Even the Prime Minister has called Cunliffe an ‘idiot’ over his stance. Best he stay quiet on this.

    But the truth is New Zealanders still have free right of access into Australia; they can stay as long as they like, as a resident. But they will never be regarded as an Australian. And nor should they. Why should we make it easier for Kiwis to flock to Australia?

    Do we want to keep losing our people? Can we afford to lose a city the size of Whangarei every year? No, we can’t.

    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Why-should-Australia-make-it-easier-for-Kiwis/tabid/674/articleID/40506/Default.aspx

    Cunliffe doesn’t get much sympathy from the media generally and certainly not here. It would be interesting to have seen how many nodded when Key mentioned the idiot word.

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  36. Pete George (22,851 comments) says:

    RadioLIVE Newsroom ‏@LIVENewsDesk

    And on the beer pong issue, and whether it sends the wrong message: PM says needs to be seen in context of the day.

    Yep.

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  37. Bad__Cat (137 comments) says:

    iMP (1,981 comments) says:
    February 10th, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    Couple of points.
    ……
    2. Hardly appropriate around the Jesse Ryder and binge drinking issues we all face.

    Bullshit. I’m a recovering alcoholic, and cannot control my drinking. But just because I, and others like me, can no longer drink without dire consequences, there’s absolutely no reason why JK can’t enjoy a couple of beers on a day out.

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  38. Prince (90 comments) says:

    “Can we afford to lose a city the size of Whangarei every year? No, we can’t.”

    Yes We Can, if they all want to be eligible for a benefit.

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  39. TimG_Oz (917 comments) says:

    Bet he’d lose to Bob Hawke though.

    Did you see the reaction when he skulled at the cricket?

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  40. Steve (North Shore) (4,499 comments) says:

    Cunliffe, any time you want a sparring partner, just let me know. You pay ok?

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  41. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    Games with alcohol…and then we wring our hands at the “NZ propensity to binge-drink.” Yeah right, great idea at PM level. Was Ruth Dyson there?

    If we want to take alcohol abuse in NZ seriously, besides the vacuous media handwringing, then we need to do something. Sending John Key to hang out with drag queens at a bbq ostensibly to “promote gay pride” (whatever that means) is counter intuitive I woulda thought.

    But hey, I’m one of those rare fish who actually wants to do something about alcohol lah lah land in NZ.

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  42. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    Quick grab bag of recent related media headlines…

    ‘NekNominate’ drinking dare leads to death of two young Irish men …

    Drinking games prove deadly to college kids – Health – Addictions …

    They died forgotten: how gambling and alcohol shut the door on …

    Don’t turn a night out into a nightmare game – Drinking Nightmare

    Baruch College Student Dies in Fraternity Pledge Ritual in Poconos …

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  43. nasska (10,680 comments) says:

    Bloody wowsers.

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  44. mister nui (975 comments) says:

    Key should go to the sevens and emulate Bob Hawke…

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  45. smttc (692 comments) says:

    John, I just trigged to what your problem is with this. It’s because it took place at a gay pride event. Your face mask slipped @ 5.38pm.

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  46. Colville (2,081 comments) says:

    Cunliffe, any time you want a sparring partner, just let me know. You pay ok?

    You want to be paid to punch Cun*liffe? I will do it for free!

    I would even pay money to a charity! :D

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  47. Colville (2,081 comments) says:

    iMP,

    You really do sit down to take a piss huh?

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  48. tuesday88 (11 comments) says:

    Imp -i dont drink, i am not a fan of it, but i have no right to tell others sanctimoniously that they should not (or worse yet, LEGISLATE to force others to not drink, or some other mindless deference to government to solve our social problems).

    JK acting human, as opposed to being a sanctimonious high and mighty politician is one reason why he is so popular. Long may it continue!

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  49. Colville (2,081 comments) says:

    I was sure that Cantabury Uni published rules for wizz bang bounce…but dammed if I can find it..

    Now THAT is a real drinking game.. :-)

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  50. nasska (10,680 comments) says:

    Colville

    Ref: http://www.studentdrinkinggames.com/word/whizz-bang-boing.html

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  51. Colville (2,081 comments) says:

    nasska, no.

    Cantab student assoc or sum such put out a list of epic rules. Very very detailed. I cant find it. :-(

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  52. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (555 comments) says:

    I only logon so I could vote down IMP…Douce.

    Once gain dime summed it up better than I could. BTW are you a chick? ASL?

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  53. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    I reckon JK could drink POTUS under the table.

    Silent might be able to as well, but he’ll never get the opportunity….! :)

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  54. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    Evening minus! :)

    Don’t you have a life outside KB? :)

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  55. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

    Good on Key

    We went to the Big Gay Out and my kids got to meet the Prime Minister – finally saw my 12 and 10 years old speechless – geez it was a great 2 minute silence!

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  56. corrigenda (142 comments) says:

    That’s the trouble with most men, they never grow up!!! As for taking kids to an event that promotes homosexuality as normal, (shudders), what are parents thinking of??

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  57. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

    Corrigenda – As a parent taking my kids to the Big Gay Out – ‘what was I thinking of” – maybe just hoping that as part of their life experience that they may avoid becoming a person such as yourself.

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