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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