Controversial? Yes! But is he a Kiwi bloke?
One of the most famous gamers in New Zealand (he was, after all, the best Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 player in the world), Kim Dotcom has been getting a lot of press lately after his arrest in the Megaupload copyright case. It's alleged, you see, that he actively encouraged piracy - something he flat-out denies.
With no end in sight, exactly where that case will go to next is anyone's guess.
But let's put all the legal issues aside for a moment. Considering the evidence below, we reckon Kim Dotcom is “Kiwi As” - check out our top ten reasons why...
1. His Name
Like many New Zealand immigrants, he changed his name. Instead of going for the more traditional John Smith, however, he chose a name that reflected New Zealand's desire to be a world leader in the knowledge economy. Choice!
2. He Smiles
Despite all the legal issues and setbacks he has had of late, like any good Kiwi Bloke he approaches it all with a smile. That satisfied smile of knowing you live in the best country in the world.
3. He always wears Black
No matter what the occasion he is always seen in Kiwi Black (even in his swimming pool). Proudly stating his pride in backing Black!
4. The Cars
Embracing the Westie culture, he parks his cars on the front lawn. OK, so they are a bit more expensive than the old '64 Holden we're used to, however the intent is certainly there.
5. The Hat
His formal attire includes a woollen hat. You have to admire a bloke that can front an interview sporting the quintessential Kiwi head attire.
Kim Dotcom in the midst of his rise to the top of the MW3 leaderboards, as seen on YouTube
6. His Music
He has contributed to New Zealand art with his music. Love it or hate it, it is a lot better than some of the recent offerings from some other Kiwi artists.
7. Partying Hard
He knows how to make a party go off with a bang. OK, $50k worth of fireworks shared with the people of Auckland is one hell of a bang, but he works on the principle that big is always better.
He practices good old Kiwi hospitality. Who, other than a good Kiwi bloke, would invite a bunch of people he just met on the internet over for a party?
9. His Shape
He proudly carries a body shape that advertises good New Zealand food and beer
10. Sticking it to the man
He's not afraid to thumb his nose at the man. In the proudest tradition of Nuclear-free New Zealand, he is not afraid to stay staunch in the angry glare of super powers.
Some may see him as a rogue, others as a poster boy of the Internet age. Whatever the truth, there's no doubting he is the archetypal good old Kiwi bloke. Chur Bro!