Australia’s Prime Minister has insisted he did not soil himself at a McDonald’s in 1997 in a bizarre radio interview.
Scott Morrison denied the rumour he had an unfortunate mishap at the fast food restaurant in Engadine, southern Sydney – and described the story as an ‘urban myth’.
The PM said, ‘it’s complete and utter rubbish. I found the whole thing incredibly amusing’ – before he revealed that his team still poke fun at him for it.
Radio host Jackie O joked Morrison had only brought the story up to deflect attention from their discussion of Australia’s pandemic response.
The country is grappling with a rising number of cases, forcing states into repeated lockdowns, and struggling to quickly vaccinate the population.
Only six per cent of Australian adults are fully vaccinated, compared to 46 per cent in the US and over 50 per cent in the UK.
Scott Morrison (pictured) is an avid Cronulla Sharks fan, and was believed to have soiled himself following his team’s tragic loss in 1997
After speaking briefly with hosts Kyle and Jackie O about Australia’s worsening Covid-19 crisis, Mr Morrison piped up and said: ‘Hey, can I clear up one thing from ages ago?’
Kylie sounded surprised, and asked: ‘Not the Maccas thing… The Maccas thing?’
‘It’s the biggest urban myth ever,’ Mr Morrison laughed.
‘That you pooed your pants at the Engadine McDonald’s?’ Jackie O asked.
The Prime Minister said, ‘it’s complete and utter rubbish. I found the whole thing incredibly amusing’ – before he revealed that his team still poke fun at him for it.
‘We’ve always joked about it amongst our team here as I’ve driven past it on occasion and someone says, “do you want to pop in for a Big Mac?” But it is absolute and total rubbish.’
When speaking with Kyle and Jacki O on Thursday morning (pictured), Mr Morrison said the rumours are not true
Kyle Sandilands (pictured) said it was ‘disappointing’ that Mr Morrison denied the rumours
Kyle said: ‘How disappointing.’
Jackie O joked that he probably only agreed to do the radio interview to clear the situation up, rather than to tell Sydneysiders who have lost work during lockdown that they can claim a $600 Centrelink payment.
Mr Morrison continued: ‘Some of the funniest yarns are the ones that aren’t true, and I think that’s one of them’.
It comes as Victoria was forced into a snap five-day statewide lockdown to contain a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
The decision came after the state recorded two new cases, bringing its cluster to 18, which was sparked when New South Wales’s outbreak was imported into Melbourne by a Sydney removalist working interstate.
Meanwhile Sydney health officials said lockdown would be extended for at least another two weeks after cases continued to rise.
NSW state health minister Brad Hazzard said the lockdown would be extended ‘because we haven’t been able to get the vaccine that we need’.
Australia is trailing behind Latvia, Turkey, Mexico and Colombia and even New Zealand, which only uses the Pfizer jab, in vaccine take up.
The slow roll out has heightened fears the highly contagious delta variant could quickly spread beyond control.
He claimed a number of his friends worked at the store in question and that the situation was ‘pretty bad’.
Mr Morrison has dodged questions about the supposed incident that stained his reputation over the last three years – until Thursday.
Sydney-based hip hop artist Joyride dropped the ‘news’ on Twitter in 2018. ‘Scott Morrison sh** himself at Engadine McDonald’s after the Sharks lost the GF in ’97,’ he wrote
Rumours emerged that Scott Morrison had the unfortunate mishap at the Engadine McDonald’s (pictured) in 2018 after a leadership spill
The revelation comes in contrast to a bizarre speech he delivered to journalists, corporate chiefs and his fellow parliamentarians at the Midwinter Ball in Canberra in September 2019.
For the first time in the history of the event, all speeches made were on the record – which the nation’s leader saw as an opportunity.
‘What really happened at the Engadine McDonald’s in 1997?’ He said to the crowd as they erupted in laughter, eagerly awaiting his next remark.
‘It will remain the mystery of the ages.’
The Sharks lost the 1997 Super League Grand Final to the Brisbane Broncos, 26-8.
In 2018 Joyride tweeted: ‘Scott Morrison sh** himself at Engadine McDonald’s after the Sharks lost the GF in ’97.’
Scott Marsh – an artist known for his often political street murals – painted a picture of a concerned looking Mr Morrison with the words ‘Engadine McDonalds’ printed in brown above his head
Scott Morrison (pictured) has dodged questions about the supposed incident at Engadine McDonald’s
The rumours spread far and wide, with data on Google trends showing a sustained spike in searches for the term ‘Engadine Maccas’.
In addition to the digital footprint of the rumours, street artists have documented the alleged incident in murals across the nation.
Scott Marsh – an artist known for his political-themed street murals – painted a picture of a concerned looking Mr Morrison with the words ‘Engadine McDonalds’ printed in brown above his head.
The mural later resurfaced on Reddit, and was captioned ‘never forget’.
But conflicting reports argued the incident may not have occurred after the grand final loss at all.
Pedestrian previously theorised the event was more likely to have happened the week prior, when Mr Morrison’s beloved Cronulla Sharks beat the Canberra Raiders to make the Grand Final.
Pictured: A series of Google reviews for Engadine McDonald’s, referencing the supposed incident
Pictured: An analysis by a determined Twitter user who believes Mr Morrison ‘targeted’ the Engadine McDonald’s after the game in 1997
The game was held at Sharks home ground, meaning it was more likely Mr Morrison was in the vicinity of Engadine McDonalds at the time.
Google reviews of the restaurant include a stream of comments from people alluding to the incident.
‘Went after the football in 1997. It was nice: classic McDonald’s aroma, though I remember the floor was a bit slippery,’ one person wrote.
‘Few dessert options. They have removed the plaques commemorating Scott Morrison’s self-defecation at this locale.’