It’s local election season here in New Zealand. In my home city of Lower Hutt, we have the now standard blend of people running for mayor. Some pleasant community-minded citizens, interspersed with a few conspiracy theorists – a bush-faced gentleman who opposes fluoridation and a guy who is still angry at Dr Fauci.
But noone in our pool of candidates is as bizarrely entertaining as Auckland’s Leo Molloy. Molloy is a qualified vet who made his name in hospitality. He’s extremely brash and outspoken, and recently pulled out of the Auckland Mayoral race after a bizarre and controversial interview. He referred to interviewer Guy Williams as “woke”, “a soft c*ck” and a “retard”. The interview clearly showed Molloy as a bully, unfit for public office, and he withdrew from the race shortly afterward.
Meanwhile, in 1978, Todd Rundgren released the impressive one-man band album, Hermit of Mink Hollow. Inspired by his breakup with Bebe Buell, the mother of Liv Tyler, Rundgren recorded an album of short pop songs, expressing his heartbreak on tracks like ‘Can We Still Be Friends’ and ‘Hurting For You’. Impressively, Rundgren produced the album at his home in Mink Hollow Road in upstate New York, playing all the instruments and singing his own harmonies.
The opening track and third single was ‘All The Children Sing’, a singalong ditty with large smudges of darkness in the lyrics – “The angel of the Lord/Just declared we aren’t worth a thing/The galaxy is null and void/All the children sing.”
The second verse concerns a Mr Malloy. The spelling is different but otherwise the portrayal fits Mr Leo Molloy uncomfortably well:
Of Mr. MalloyAll The Children Sing, Todd Rundgren
He’s always seen himself as one of the boys
He thinks that men are tough and women are toys
But a bell in his head will ring
Molloy’s interview with Guy Williams was very much Molloy positing himself as “one of the boys”, with its locker room talk and boxing match.
Regarding the “women as toys” line, Molloy’s attitude towards women appear problematic. His attitude toward prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been pure condescension, while he’s also harassed waitresses and offered to feed a female vegan customer rabbit food.
The Spinoff reported that five weeks ago, Leo Molloy “rang the bell” and exited the contest to be Auckland mayor.
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