Australian journalist Rita Pahani has lashed out at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, accusing her caring persona as ‘performative’, or fake.
Pahani also took a swipe at the New Zealand legacy mainstream media, who she accuses of being putrid ‘fanboys and fangirls’ of Ardern.
Pahani’s comments are likely to strike a chord with many Kiwis as Ardern’s ‘Be Kind’ message during the COVID crisis proved to be empty rhetoric, and implementation of other policies such as 3 Waters causes never-before-seen social polarisation.
The comments were made on ‘The Outsiders’ show on Sky News Australia yesterday:
‘You talk about Jacinda Ardern caring, but it’s not really caring, is it…it’s performative caring. It’s all about seeming to be good rather than doing good, and I think people, finally, in New Zealand, are starting to see through that.
It took them a while and they have got some of the most putrid media in the world in New Zealand, where they’re just fanboys and girls of the current Prime Minister, so there’s very little in the way of scrutiny and criticism. But the New Zealand people are living through those radical changes that Winston Peters mentioned this week, and a lot of them are feeling pain. She’s not delivering on her core promises and this is something that people in Australia don’t seem to realise.
She had these bold housing plans – nothing’s come of it, she’s got nowhere near what she said she was going to do. And, again, you can’t just keep making promises, not fulfilling them, and expect to get re-elected over and over again.’
Rita Pahani: “You talk about Jacinda Ardern caring, but it’s not really caring, is it…it’s performative caring. It’s all about seeming to be good rather than doing good, and I think people, finally, in New Zealand, are starting to see through that.” pic.twitter.com/FIE9HYBIeb
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