Oh, New Zealand, how I love thee: the breathtaking natural beauty, the charmingly odd accents, calling flip flops “jandals,” kiwi birds (they’re delicious fricasseed), “The Lord of the Rings” films, Air New Zealand. And then there’s this fact: their gay marriage bill just passed yesterday. And then Parliament celebrated the bill’s passage by breaking out into a Maori love song. And then one of their MPs, Maurice Williamson, gave an uproariously funny, politically incorrect (relatively to Americans, anyway) speech in support of the bill on the Parliament floor. And then the whole country imploded because it just had too much awesome at once. But seriously, can I get dual citizenship, like, today?
In the speech, the video of which has gone justifiably viral, MP Maurice Williamson quipped, “I also had a Catholic priest tell me I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.”
“I haven’t done it so I don’t know what it’s about.”
In the best hybrid stand-up act slash political speech ever given, Williamson added: “I also had a leader telling me I would burn in the fires of hell for eternity, and that was a bad mistake, because I’ve got a degree in physics.”
“I will last 2.1 seconds — it’s hardly eternity.”
Um, LMAO? Someone give this guy a comedy show on CBS – they could use the help (“Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” – eww, just eww).
Check the viral video of the New Zealand MP up top killin’ it, and then remember to be on the lookout for a shooting star tonight to wish upon – Kiwi airfare and hotels ain’t free, after all.
Parliament passing the bill and singing the Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana” below:
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