EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, I hear ya – calling this moment “wholesome” was probably not the best. [If you’re coming to this late, the original headline was: Tired Dad Scott Morrison Didn’t Know How To Pronounce “Barre” And It Was Weirdly Wholesome] The whole government response to the coronavirus pandemic has been middling at best and a huge fuck-up at worst. Everyone is terrified for their jobs, health and loved ones. Please accept these humble apologies.
A very tired looking Scott Morrison addressed Australia on Tuesday night to announce a strict series of new shutdown measures, including a limit on those attending weddings and (gulp) funerals.
But his address – which was, frankly, indicative of the terrifying times none of us expected to be living through – was punctured by a huge daggy moment.
While reading out a list of newly banned activities, the PM stumbled on one: barre classes.
“Sorry. Bar-ray?” Morrison said.
Addressing the journalists in front of him, he added: “I might need some help here. B-A-R-R-E.”
“I hope I have pronounced that correctly,” he said. “I’m not quite sure what that is.”
The dad energy radiating from that moment could power a small city. Morrison might have failed to stop the only boat that matters, but there is something awfully endearing about him having no fucking clue what a barre class is.
I know, I know. I hate it, too.
"barre, I hope I have pronounced that correctly, I am not quite sure what that is…"
Morrison is such a dad
— Calla Wahlquist (@callapilla) March 24, 2020
Who would have thought this would be barre's big moment?
— Dani Bevins (@DaniKBevins) March 24, 2020
I guess schools are being kept open so our children can learn how to say “barre”.
— Jo Thornely (@jothornely) March 24, 2020
These times are scary. Nobody has any idea what the future holds. Let us all enjoy this huge daggy moment for what it is: a nice, brief distraction.
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