The simple truth is that TOP can only implement their policy with Labour, they can’t do it with National, but the TOP electorate are alienated by tribal identity twitter politics so TOP can appeal to them by outraging Twitter.
Woke Twitter is great at screaming about micro aggressions, not so good at stopping macro aggressions like the character assassination of Metiria.
By reacting in the manner the Twitteratti have, TOP are broadcasting directly over their heads to the voters who are alienated by tribal identity twitter politics.
Morgan argues unapologetically that he was intending to reference Labour Policy as the pig and Jacinda the lipstick, which is how those alienated by tribal identity twitter politics would agree was the meaning.
Which is fine and dandy, but it misses the power dynamics at play here. White rich males have always had the power to determine the meaning of their words when they offend and tell off anyone taking offence.
That’s the power of words, and as the class with the most power, rich white males have more responsibility and obligation to consider their words before they speak them. If people who have had to live with the power imbalances within our culture can take offence, then those who write the words need to listen and acknowledge that, even if it wasn’t the meaning.
This nuance is of course utterly lost in the competition of outrage Olympics that has exploded on social media, which will catch the attention of the very voters TOP need to become politically relevant at the ballot box.
This pig lipstick remark builds Morgan’s brand as an outsider, TOP are 3.5% in the latest internal UMR Poll, this has the fuel to pop them over 5%.
TOPs true enemy is NZ First, and to have any impact, TOP need to start selling themselves as Queenmaker to Winston’s Kingmaker.
Gareth better keep the lipstick for himself as he’ll need it to start wooing Labour with if TOP start becoming politically relevant.