There’s basically nothing funnier than someone asking for a thing to be removed from the internet (like, how), except maybe if that person is a borderline monster who has a striking resemblance to a potato.
.@ellinghausen turns his camera on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. pic.twitter.com/d8sr3dA0nn
— Stephanie Peatling (@srpeatling) May 3, 2016
After tweeting the above image as it came in from Ellinghausen, Stephanie Peatling was contacted by Dutton’s media team who expressed displeasure with the image and questioned why she had posted it to social media, which, as she put it in her update for the Sydney Morning Herald, seems to miss the point:
“One tends to think two people setting themselves on fire – one of whom has died – would be one’s chief concerns in a situation like this.
But everyone’s different.
Image is everything.“
Obviously Twitter went hard on the photo, because it was a critical mass of meme potential:
“i swear to god, if you put this on social media” pic.twitter.com/487QEYZUKP
— Illy Bocean (@IllyBocean) May 3, 2016
To be fair, it’s not a flattering picture, I’d be a bit sensitive too. pic.twitter.com/aa4DsKIS3w
— Je Suis Paris (@DavidParis) May 3, 2016
— Scott Bridges (@s_bridges) May 3, 2016
Quite amazing Peter Dutton’s office could think there was a picture out there more unflattering than the moral catastrophe of his policies.
— Erik Jensen (@ErikOJensen) May 3, 2016
Where’s @PeterDutton_MP?#auspol pic.twitter.com/4fuYMeNuiw
— Brenden Prazner (@prazner) May 3, 2016
@PeterDutton_MP wants this image removed from the internet. Pls do not RT. #auspol pic.twitter.com/qb940vyNpA
— Erik w the good hair (@ErikVeland) May 3, 2016
— Christopher Currie (@furioushorses) May 3, 2016
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.