A Will Smith-Chris Rock meme posted on the national Facebook page was deemed ‘inappropriate’ by the party leader and removed within 20 minutes, but was left on another MPs page.
The National Party released an image of the couple’s now infamous Oscars clash, moments after Smith slapped Rock, with ‘Hardworking Kiwis’ written about Rock and ‘Labour’s Cost of Living Crisis’ written about Smith, with the comment ” Exact” wrote above.
“I just became aware of it, it was pretty clear that it was taken down very, very quickly, and we had the relevant conversations and the lessons were learned,” Luxon said when asked about meme this morning.
“No, I don’t think it’s appropriate. We don’t condone any violence.
“The team thought about it and in 20 minutes it went up and down without me realizing it. It’s a good sign, the team is showing good judgment.”
Other national MPs had also posted the same meme format. In a post that was deleted after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Tim van de Molen had written “Farmers” on Rock and “Labour” on Smith, with the caption “Our farmers deserve better.”
A post from MP Simon O’Connor had a meme with “The Question” written on Rock, “Ardern” written on Smith and “*Reject the premise*” written at the bottom of the meme.
It was deleted from his page shortly after noon on Tuesday.
Smith slapped Rock after the latter’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. She suffers from alopecia.