Fatman Scoop defends Scott Morrison’s online video

He endorsed the Prime Minister’s approach of trying to connect with younger people by using his song, which was a smash hit at the turn of the century.

“I also thought it was an attempt to reach out to a younger audience. As well as the fact that when my song was really ROCKING Scott was probably in the CLUBS! Hahahahaha!”

He issued an invitation for the Prime Minister to be his personal guest at RnB Friday’s Live, a music festival taking place in Australia later this year, and suggested a discussion on politics.

“I am inviting @scottmorrisonmp to come to R&B Fridays @rnbfridayslive as my guest in November to watch, dance, and after in the backstage area discuss politics with me.

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“I don’t have to agree with your policies but we can have spirited DEBATE about them and you can attempt to walk me through why you think like that.

“So someone tag @scottmorrisonmp up and tell him I’m waiting for him to accept my invite!”

Mr Morrison accepted the invitation on Twitter and said he was “definitely keen”.

“Definitely keen for R&B Fridays, @fatmanscoop. Btw, probably best to send me the PG radio version next time,” he said.

Mr Morrison initially apologised for the video and ordered its removal from his social media sites, saying the lyrics of the song were “just not ok”.

But, speaking to reporters on Friday, he said it was an attempt at “a bit of fun”.

“Look, we’re just trying to connect honestly with people. Some of the narks will get a bit worked up about this sort of thing, but it was a bit of fun,” he said.

“But it’s quite clear that that’s not a song that’s on my playlist and I think I might stick to my regular playlist, that they might pick songs from in the future.”

Latika Bourke is a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age based in London. She has previously worked for Fairfax Media, the ABC and 2UE in Canberra. Latika won the Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year in 2010.



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