Aus­tralian PM deletes video of par­lia­ment set to ex­plicit song

The Guardian - - WORLD - Paul Karp

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

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