Australian PM deletes video of parliament set to explicit song
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, has deleted a video from his social media accounts after learning the accompanying hip-hop song contained explicit and derogatory lyrics.
Morrison, of the rightwing Liberal party, posted an 11-second clip from a question time session in the Australian parliament in Canberra. The video, showing MPs raising their hands, was set to the 1999 track Be Faithful by the US rapper Fatman Scoop.
The video was synchronised to show MPs raising their hands in response to the lyrics : “You got a 100 dollar bill, get your hands up! You got a 50 dollar bill, get your hands up!”
Song lyrics not featured in the video but well known to the rapper’s devotees include the question: “Who fuckin’ tonight?” plus racially explicit terms including: “To all my niggas that they hit it from the back / Who want to have sex with no strings attached.”
The use of the song was derided on social media, with opposition Labor party parliamentarians particularly critical of the light-hearted video.
“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,” Morrison wrote on Twitter on Thursday night.
The original social media posts included a personal message from Morrison that “QT was on [fire] today, good work team”.
Yesterday Morrison said the video was “a bit of fun but it’s quite clear that that’s not a song that’s on my playlist”.
He added: “We’re just trying to connect honestly with people. And some of the narks will get worked up about this sort of thing but it was a bit of fun.”
The US rapper Fatman Scoop, real name Isaac Freeman III
Scott Morrison, who is a fervent Pentecostal Christian