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Scott Morrison Thinks Labor Came Up With 'Scotty From Marketing', Bless

Labor wish they could come up with something like that.

Politicians love to blame every other political party for all their problems (the Greens being at fault for the bushfires, anyone?) and poor old Scotty from Marketing is no different. This morning he went on Melbourne radio and blamed Labor for giving him the nickname Scotty from Marketing. There’s only one problem. They didn’t.

Chatting to 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, Scotty from Marketing was asked whether or not he found the nickname insulting, cause it’s sure as hell meant to be. Out of all the answers he could have given, this is what he went with:

“That’s what the Labor Party is saying and if others want to repeat those slogans, well, they’re basically just running a Labor Party campaign.”

Sadly for Scotty from Marketing, Labor could only dream of coming up with such a great line. It was actually treasured Australian institution The Betoota Advocate who first came up with the nickname.

The Betoota Advocate has been calling him Scotty from Marketing for months, referencing his career as the Managing Director of Tourism Australia before he got sacked from that gig and went into politics. He was in charge of Tourism Australia when they launched their “Where The Bloody Hell Are You?” campaign, which pissed off basically every country it was targeted towards.

The nickname had been floating around since early December, but took off once our esteemed leader decided he needed a Hawaiian holiday in the middle of a bushfire crisis. For a while there it was nearly impossible to log on to Twitter without being bombarded by the trending hashtags #ScottyFromMarketing and #WhereTheBloodyHellAreYou?

The radio host tried one more time to ask whether or not Scotty From Marketing was insulting, and our mate deflected as all good politicians do, instead going with “my focus is getting help to people who need it right now in the bushfires.”

We can only assume that in this case “help” is code for “piss weak handshakes.”

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I Want Kim K’s Justice Reform Doco To Be Good, But I’m Skeptical

I have my reservations.

Kim Kardashian has dropped the trailer for her new documentary, “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project.” It’s about the mass incarceration problem in the USA, and is going to be absolutely everywhere when it comes out on April 5th. 

The documentary is two hours long and follows Kim K around as she gets involved in the cases of Dawn Jackson, Alexis Martin, Momolu Stewart and David Sheppard – all of who legal experts (and Kim) believe shouldn’t be in prison. Throughout the course of the documentary, Kim and her team visit friends and family of the people incarcerated, meet with lawyers, and lobby public officials to see if they can get any of the incarcerated people out of jail. 

Look, I want this documentary to be good. I do, I really do. Mass incarceration is a genuine problem in the United States (and Australia tbh), and the school to prison pipeline is a real and terrifying thing. They’re massive issues that deserve to be tackled, but I’ll be quietly worried until I see it for myself. 

Firstly, she’s gone to law school which is great! But she’s only completed a year, which doesn’t quite feel like enough to take on something of this enormity.

We also know she’s pretty preoccupied with looks, as anyone with that level of fame for being a beauty influencer would have to be. She photoshopped her kid into the Christmas card last year for god’s sake. I’ll admit I have quiet reservations about whether or not this is totally about freeing prisoners or about looking great in front of cameras. 

Mostly the thing that sits in the back of my mind is the amount of blackface scandals Kim has been involved with. I get the impression that she just doesn’t learn from them, and to then go ahead with making a documentary to address a systemic issue that predominantly affects black people, it just feels… ick. 

Maybe I’ll eat my words. Maybe Kim Kardashian’s documentary will be brilliant and really start a movement to fix a broken system. For now, I’m just a bit worried.

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