Aussie Pollies Are Trying Very Very Very Very Hard To Relate To 'The Youth'
You know how your parents attempt to stay relevant in your life and so set up a Facebook account and try to add you as a friend, but they don’t really get what a “news feed” is (or what should be sent in a private message and NOT posted on your wall)?
Australia’s politicians are doing pretty much that, and they’re trying especially hard because they want you to vote for them this Saturday. It’s cute, really.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying very hard to be a “cool” Prime Minister, a la Canada’s thirst trap Justin Trudeau, or Barack Obama.
And one more...phwoar.
But Malcolm’s not *quite* there yet.
Remember this leather jacket he rocked on Q&A? Leather jackets are cool, right? Right?!
If that jacket didn’t persuade you to vote for him, maybe his Snapchat account will! How could this plan possibly fail??
No nudie pics, please Prime Minister.
Malcolm also refused to participate in the final leaders debate on that old-fashioned thing, television, and demanded that it take place on Facebook. You know, that thing that young people use. We assume his younger advisors trained him not to say “the Facebook”. Malcy is far from the only politician to get on board with Snapchat. Even the oldest MP, 73-year-old Phillip Ruddock, has had some training. Malcolm’s deputy, Julie Bishop, gets it. She participated in the world’s first political interview conducted entirely in emoji. We wonder what she thinks of the new update.
Meanwhile, Labor MP Anthony Albanese has transformed himself into DJ Albo.
— Anthony Fitzpatrick (@fitzoflappy) June 22, 2016
In a sure sign that he knows what the people want, he often plays Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” and likes himself a bit of Florence and the Machine.
— smh.com.au (@smh) June 23, 2016
He’s OK, we guess, but he has nothing on the original pollie DJ - the Greens’ Scott Ludlam, AKA DJ Scott Ludlam.
DJ Albo and fellow Labor MP and deputy leader Tanya Plibersek had a brilliant idea early in the campaign for how to relate to young people – by reminding people that they too were young once. This one might actually work as #hotalbo is understandably becoming a meme.
As a side note, someone out there is also trying to make “Hot Malcolm” a thing, with an instagram account dedicated to pictures of the Prime Minister looking his best.
The account’s description? “Malcolm Turnbull looking handsome. You also think he’s a bit hot. Stop denying it.”
Anyway, at the end of the day, it’s pretty nice that your politicians are trying to reach out to you. It’s maybe even a little bit endearing. And it’s a reminder that, come election time, young people can’t just be ignored – we’ve got the power to change the result of the election, and that’s why politicians are trying so hard to get our attention.
- Hannah Ryan.