Commenter of the week


Here at Whaleoil, we have a lot of talented people making comments on our posts all of the time.

So, we have decided to shine a light? on the person we think has most deserved an accolade in the last 7 days.

Please note this is not about just one comment. We are looking for more than that. We are looking for someone who contributes constructively to our forum and to the messages we are trying to send.

There has been a lot going on in the last week, with the formation of Jacinda Air, the spat over raising our refugee quota and finally the fall of a minister. This government may be incompetent, but at least it gives us plenty to talk about.

And once again, we have a lot of brilliant comments.

This week, we have selected an old friend, who has been around the blog for a long time.

The Commenter of the Week is…

Sir Cullen’s Sidekick? ?

Sir Cullen’s Sidekick is a bit of a cult hero among people in the online world in New Zealand. His name suggests that he is actually an associate of the one and only SIR Michael Cullen.

Note his avatar shows two people struggling with the burden of tax.

People who know him realise that this is blatantly ironic. I suspect the ‘Sir’? is there to highlight the fact that Michael Cullen removed the gongs when he was part of the Clark government, but then chose to use the title bestowed upon him when they were reinstated by John Key’s government in 2009.

What people don’t realise at first is that Sir Cullens Sidekick (SCS) is a very good satirist. He puts himself in the place of the most rabid entitled leftie supporter and then speaks from their point of view. He is very good at it. He doesn’t stop there though. On a really good day, he manages to pull together a few points to contradict his adopted position and make himself look like a total leftist fool. Completely deliberately.

Now…he has mastered this across many commenting outfits including Whaleoil and the MSM (as well as other blogs, such as Kiwiblog)? and unfortunately some people don’t understand his position and miss the satire completely.

People try to copy him. Other people try to argue with him. People were getting unnecessarily heated.

This became a problem for Whaleoil when moderation came into full effect a few years ago. We tried to raise the bar of our commenting section to such a level that the comments were as informative as the articles themselves. In effect, we were trying to make our readers’ comments an extension of the actual articles.

Unfortunately, this did not fit particularly well with SCS’s exceptional brand of satire.

He was banned – it happens – then asked to come back, but to keep his satire down to a lower level, which he has done. He?has continued to use his wit in a more appropriate form, for which we are very grateful.

The time has come for us to acknowledge his efforts and to work out a way for him to express his brilliant satire without encroaching on the intelligent environment of the comments sections.

Here are a few of his comments from 2012:

Another one, on a different subject, in the same year:

This one is from 2013, and just happens to be quite topical at the moment:

Another gem from 2013:

Some of his comments could be quite prophetic:

And this one could have been written in the last few months, but was actually posted in 2013:

Oh yes – remember the days when Russel Norman had his eyes on the role of Finance Minister?:


He still comments on the blog to this day.

From:?Ardern and Curran were wagging school yesterday?

And here is everyone’s favourite comment this week.

From?Simon Bridges gets something right, it?s just a shame he has tits for hands

Totally agree with you there, Sidekick. I think we all do.

So thank you to??Sir Cullen’s Sidekick?for adding to the quality and intelligence of the blog. We are not an echo chamber and we appreciate strong debate and differing views.

And our wonderful photoshopper, Technomage has a little something for you too.

And, may I say, well deserved, Sir.