John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister, Criticizes Radio Host's 'Gay Red Top'

11/05/2012 10:56 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key sparked an international outcry after using the term "gay" in an interview as an insult.

Criticizing a sweater worn by radio DJ Jamie Mackay in a Nov. 2 interview, Key noted, "What you're wearing is an absolute disgrace. You parade yourself as some sort of center-right interested community leader and you're in the red."

As the New Zealand Herald reported, Key then went on to note, "You're never going to make it. You've got that gay red top on."

Still, as the Gay Star News notes, the prime minister stopped short of an actual apology. "Young people use it all the time, I don't think too many people would be offended by it," he is quoted as saying. "If someone is, I apologize for it."

It should also be noted that Key has been an outspoken supporter of marriage equality.

Interestingly, Key also came under fire from a number of media outlets for reportedly insulting David Beckham. He is reported to have described the soccer star as "thick as bat sh*t" during a recent visit to a school in Auckland, according to The Guardian.

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