Ahh Singapore, home to incredible food, a glitzy nightlife scene and… the only Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia. Which is apparently why Australia’s newly-appointed High Commissioner to Singapore made a beeline for the theme park in a strange new video uploaded to Twitter.

Hodgman was the former Premier of Tasmania and landed in Singapore three weeks ago to take up his new post.

“As Australia’s new High Commissioner to Singapore, I think it’s really important on weekends to immerse myself in experiences and the local culture, so I can truly understand what makes this place tick,” Will Hodgman said.

“So… we’re at Universal Studios Singapore.”

Not only do we get to see Hodgman ride the rollercoasters, catch a 4D movie and pose with mascots, but he also filmed himself hoofing down that iconic Singaporean specialty: a Dagwood Dog.

Not to mention the unexplainably uncanny colour palette and audio that would do well in a horror movie. The whole thing oozes cursedness.

People quickly pointed all this out.

Even a politician got involved, with Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong telling News.com.au that “it’s like a diplomat going to Rome and posting videos from Pizza Hut.”

“Nobody is begrudging Will Hodgman a weekend trip to Universal Studios if that’s his thing, but this just reinforces negative stereotypes that the Australian Government is ignorant about our own neighbourhood,” Wong said.

“Will Hodgman’s job is to improve Australia’s standing in Singapore and this just underlines why Scott Morrison should not have appointed an unqualified mate to such a serious job.”

The video was actually posted on Sunday, but Hodgeman posted a little follow-up Tweet on Tuesday following all the online attention.

If it was really just a joke… go off, king. But many would argue that satire requires a clarity of purpose and target which, in this case, is not immediately clear. It’s also a pretty fkn strange impression to give as a newly-arrived diplomat.

Enjoy your Dagwood Dogs, Mr High Commissioner.