A badly Photoshopped family portrait photo of prime minister, Scott Morrison, shows the PM with two left feet and fake-looking shoes.
#auspol story of 2019: our latest PM (ScoMo) had nice white shoes photoshopped onto his feet for his official https://t.co/eXNtcX7xTa site?! Yup. Regular bloke. Our tax dollars hard at work. #shoegate pic.twitter.com/kA0gG0yy9L
— Luke (@lukerhn) January 8, 2019
While ditching his favoured youth-oriented surf fashion apparel for the photo shoot, the ScoMo outfit did feature grubby K-Swiss sneakers.
The photographer/graphic designer in charge of editing the photo decided the shoes had to go. Possibly because they were dirty, but also perhaps to distance the PM from any brand or labelling.
The designer found an image of a non-branded sparkling white sneaker, and seemingly in a hurry placed the same shoe on both the PM’s feet.
The image was then uploaded to PM.gov.au and released into the public sphere, where the gaffe was soon discovered, shared and turned into a meme.
The PM and his advisors, maintaining his daggy-dad personality, responded with a lighthearted joke.
Message to my Department (PM&C): I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet! 😀
Here they are in all their glory – my footwear of choice whenever I can get out of a suit. pic.twitter.com/hKKUstnArq
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 8, 2019
‘Message to my Department (PM&C): I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet! 🙂
Here they are in all their glory – my footwear of choice whenever I can get out of a suit.’
The photo on his website was promptly replaced with the original photo, and ScoMo’s feet were cropped out.