2005: Monument to Kiwi Vanity
August 22, 2018
November 2005, John Cleese, best known as a co-founder of Monty Python, went on tour in New Zealand…and attacked Palmerston North!
Performance artists on press tours always need to either praise or attack the locality they are in so they can get publicity for their show. Visitors to New Zealand have a long history of doing this. It may even be that the local agents in New Zealand, Kiwis, know the market and put them up to it!
Bruce Springsteen played a little of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ when he visited Auckland.
Steven Spielberg, the great director, praised New Zealand for its light.
Heck, fighting back with Mt. Cleese is simply the politicians playing the same game; Pulling on the strings of our vanity to get attention for their content. What is politics except show business for ugly people?