Music has the amazing ability to bring people together, even if it's through shared horror at the prime minister trying to play the ukulele to enhance his election appeal.
A clip tweeted by Channel Nine on Friday quickly circulated online, showing Karl Stefanovic sitting down with the Prime Minister and his family to a family singalong, lead by none other than Scott Morrison.
The clip was from a preview of an upcoming 60 Minutes episode with the PM and his wife, Jenny Morrison as well as their two daughters, Lily and Abbey.
'Extremely cringe': Social media users roast the PM
Although the clip was introduced with a tongue-in-cheek comment from Today host Ally Langdon, jokingly saying: “I think he learned that in Hawaii, didn’t he?” — referencing Scott Morrison's controversial 2019 holiday as bushfires tore through multiple states — social media users did not find it as funny.
“Scott Morrison probably picked up the ukulele while on holiday in Hawaii … while Australia burned. #scottythefailure,” another user wrote on Twitter.
“Breakfast TV already making obvious Hawaii jokes,” another said.
Others pointed out that his choice of song — April Sun In Cuba, by New Zealand-Australian band Dragon and the fact he was playing a ukulele after his infamous Hawaiin trip — was an odd choice.
"Extremely cringe," one user wrote. "Scott Morrison is LITERALLY reminding everyone about that infamous Hawaii trip during the bushfires. All he's missing is a Hawaiian shirt etc."
"So out of all the musical instruments he thinks it's a good idea to pick an instrument unique to and relatable by the public as identifying with his Hawaiian trip?"
"Such low hanging fruit to remind everyone that he went on holiday when the country was burning and lied about it," someone else wrote.
"Hopefully it’s a sign that he’ll be in Cuba by April," quipped another.
Quite staggering that not one of Scott Morrison's media advisers asked "What's the first place that people associate the ukelele with?" before going ahead with that scene. #auspol
— Alexander Grant (@AlexGrantOz) February 11, 2022
Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, suggested the moment was a cynical ploy as the PM tried to revamp his image ahead of an upcoming election.
"We need to brace ourselves for how far he will go the more desperate they get," she tweeted.
— John Coates (@JohnCoatess) February 10, 2022
Scott Morrison's salon surprise labelled 'creepy'
It's the second time in just a week the Prime Minster has sent social media into meltdown. Last week, Mr Morrison has left had people talking after making an appearance at a hair salon where he washed a woman’s hair.
Wearing an apron and mask, stood over a basin and washed a woman’s hair at Coco’s Salon, in Mount Eliza, Victoria, last Friday, massaging her scalp and then rinsed the shampoo out.
The move raised a few eyebrows, with some labelling it "creepy" and "terrible" as Mr Morrison dove head-first into unofficial election campaigning.
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