The Dim-Post

May 30, 2008

Amateur Satirists Praise National Hoodie Day

Filed under: Politics,satire — danylmc @ 9:32 am

The Ministry of Youth Affairs is spending $35,000 promoting National Hoodie day to improve perceptions of New Zealands youth, a move that has drawn delight and praise from amateur satire blogger Danyl Mclauchlan.

‘This is gold for anyone making fun of clueless self-indulgence, pointless publicity campaigns or just politics in general,’ Mclauchlan said. ‘For sheer futile absurdity a bunch of middle-aged politicians preening themselves in custom-made hoodies while promoting youth culture is hard to beat.’

Mclauchlan was vague about what form of ridicule he would use to mock hoodie day.

‘The possibilities are endless. I could do an farcical piece about someones perceptions actually being changed by this campaign, or write about some street kid somehow being saved from a life of poverty by hoodie day. Or I could go for irony and have all the politicians involved rave about what a huge success it was, quoting statistics about how much press coverage they received and how many photos of them were published. That’s a bit obvious though.’

Mclauchlan angrily denied rumours he would go with a clumsy self-referential gag.


  1. From the title, I assumed you were talking about Ron Mark and Allan Peachey.

    Comment by lyndon — May 30, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  2. I think of Ron Mark and Peachy as more tragedy than satire or farce.

    Comment by danylmc — May 30, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  3. Oh, if only, if only you were making this shit up…

    Comment by Psycho Milt — May 30, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  4. The funniest thing is that the politicians involved hope people will be more understanding of hoodie wearers, but this is exactly what most teenagers that wear hoodies don’t want. Most of the tossers I reprimand at school for wearing hoodies WANT people to think they’re dangerous and possibly in a gang or about to do something criminal. How irritating for them if Granny’s start approaching them on the street and giving them a hug.

    Comment by JY — May 31, 2008 @ 9:35 am

  5. There are more great hoodie day stories in the paper this morning – its the gift that keeps on giving.

    Comment by danylmc — May 31, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

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