Scott Morrison has had a rocky start to his prime ministership, struggling to unite the Liberal party and regain the confidence of the Australian people after the unexpected ousting of his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull.
But the PM was forced to issue a public apology yesterday after his ‘team’ shared an inappropriate video on his official social media accounts, which was set to the 1999 track ‘Be Faithful’ by US rapper Fatman Scoop, featuring Faith Evans.
The short video clip, which used footage from PMQ’s on Thursday, showed MPs raising their hands in time with the lyrics: “You got a hundred dollar bill, get your hands up! You got a fifty dollar bill, get your hands up!”
However it was the song’s more explicit and derogatory lyrics that triggered outrage, some of which include: “To all my n***** that they hit it from the back. Who want to have sex with no strings attached.” As well as: “Who f***** tonight? Who f***** tonight? Who f***** tonight? Oh! Oh!”
Taking to Twitter late on Thursday evening, Morrison described the lyrics of his chosen song as “just not OK”. He said: “The full lyrics of the song used in my earlier video from QT today were just not OK. When I found out, I asked the team to take it down. Apologies.”
The video was posted on various social media platforms on Thursday afternoon and contained footage from Question Time earlier in the day, alongside the message: “QT was on fire today. Good work, team.”
However, following an outpouring of criticism over the odd video and explicit choice of song, the PM said he ordered his team to “take it down” and apologised for the post.
Many people slammed Morrison, who has been in the Lodge for only a matter of weeks after Turnbull was rolled on August 24, for the poor choice of backing track, as the song’s well-known lyrics contain explicit references to casual sex and features the n-word.
One user tweeted: “Mind blowing stupidity. It’s depressing and disheartening.” Another wrote: “Too late.. it was disgusting and if you did not check it out before you posted it then we know you are not fit to be PM.”
While others questioned whether it is “illegal to use parliament video footage for satirical purposes” and asked Morrison to explain his actions. With one saying: “And the misuse of parliamentary broadcasts? You don’t even apologise for using parliamentary resources for ill advised self-cheer leading? Parliamentary video is not your party promotional material.”
The full lyrics of the song used in my earlier video from QT today were just not OK. When I found out, I asked the team to take it down. Apologies.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) September 13, 2018
However not everyone took umbrage with the video and some people actually jumped to the politician’s defence, suggesting that it was meant in a light-hearted way. One wrote: “I love this. People need a sense of humor.” (sic) While another said: “Who cares!”