Remember Scott Morrison's Terribly Photoshopped White Shoes? Here's How It Happened

    Here's what's the go with the faux pair.

    The mystery of how poorly-photoshopped shoes ended up on prime minister Scott Morrison's feet on his official website has now been solved.

    Last week, people noticed the PM's website, pm.gov.au, had a photo of Morrison and his family where the prime minister's feet had been poorly photoshopped with two crisp new left shoes over the top of them.

    It was just really bad.

    So bad.

    #auspol story of 2019: our latest PM (ScoMo) had nice white shoes photoshopped onto his feet for his official https://t.co/eXNtcX7xTa site?! Yup. Regular bloke. Our tax dollars hard at work. #shoegate

    After the image went viral on Twitter, it was replaced with the original photo, and shoes, and Morrison was quick to blame the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) rather than someone in his office for the stuff up.

    Message to my Department (PM&C): I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet! 😀 Here they are in all their glory - my footwear of choice whenever I can get out of a suit.

    But we still had questions. How did it even get there in the first place? Why did someone do such a poor job photoshopping it? How much did it even cost?

    Well, now PM&C has explained what happened.

    A spokesperson for the department told BuzzFeed News that the image was first edited as the department was preparing for the PM's Christmas card last year.

    "The changes were made to test the visual impact of matching the shoes to the white clothing in the photo," a spokesperson said, in reference to the clothing worn by Morrison's wife and daughters.

    It never ended up on the Christmas card, and never even made it to the prime minister's office for approval, but the photo itself remained in existence in PM&C, and accidentally ended up being uploaded as the background photo on the prime minister's website on December 9 last year, until it was noticed almost a month later.

    "The image was not edited at the request of the prime minister’s office," the spokesperson said. "No money was spent on altering the image."

    So there we go.

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    Josh Taylor is a Senior Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

    Contact Josh Taylor at josh.taylor@buzzfeed.com.

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