Anthony Albanese erupts at social media critics for slamming him for buying a pork roll – after saying he would ban it if he was a dictator: ‘How dare you’
Anthony Albanese blasts social media critics for accusing him of buying a pork sandwich – after saying he’d ban it if he were a dictator: ‘How dare you’
Anthony Albanese has taken to social media for the backlash he received after buying a pork sandwich for lunch amid the country’s cost of living crisis.
The prime minister last week visited the Marrickville Pork Roll shop in his trendy western Sydney electorate, where he owns a home, and shared two images from the excursion.
But some Aussies were angry that the man who was supposed to run the country was able to take time out of his busy schedule to spend between $5 and 10 on lunch.
Mr Albanese responded to the bizarre fuss over the pork roll saga on Wednesday during an appearance on Triple M Perth’s radio show Xav and Michelle for Breakfast.
“I’m just stunned,” Mr Albanese said. “How dare anyone have lunch and buy a pork sandwich?”
The Prime Minister shared photos of himself visiting the Marrickville Pork Roll shop in his western Sydney electorate last Wednesday
“It amazes me that people bother to log in or create a fake account and make comments that are just out of the ordinary just to troll people.”
He described the criticism of the pork bun as “tragic,” saying, “People would never say that to your face.
“No one would come up to you and say, ‘How dare you eat a pork sandwich, and you added two dollars for it!
“As a local MP, how dare you do that a few hundred yards from your office in Marrickville when you’re doing local things.”
The Prime Minister’s aversion to social media was highlighted earlier this month in a tongue-in-cheek radio interview with 3AW talkback king Neil Mitchell.
Responding to Mitchell’s hypothesis of what he would do if he ruled Australia as a dictator, Albanese said banning social media would “be useful.”
Nothing beats the original Marrickville Pork Roll,” Albanese wrote in the seemingly innocuous post
Online critics took issue with the country’s leader taking the time to post photos of himself buying lunch as Australians grappled with the cost of living.
Mr. Albanese was inundated with a barrage of negative comments on social media after uploading the photos online with the caption, “Nothing beats the original Marrickville Pork Roll.”
Critics disagreed that he was able to carve out time in his busy schedule to spend between $5 and $10 on lunch while Australians struggled with the cost of living.
“I wish I could afford to eat out, rents are getting insane and you choose to help landlords like you and your co-workers, and developers above us!” one woman indignant wrote.
Another asked, “What about the people in this country who can’t afford a pork sandwich, a roof over their heads, or electricity?”
“Thoughts go out to those who struggle to put food on the table, those who can’t afford the table, and those who can’t afford the house to put the table in,” said a third.
Anthony Albanese (pictured with his girlfriend Jodie Haydon) revealed his wish list if he were ever given dictatorial powers during an interview with 3AW radio host Neil Mitchell
‘Glad you can afford to buy a takeaway, not like the rest of us fighting to make ends meet, higher rents, higher electricity, higher fuel, homeless… the list goes on and all Australians getting poorer under your government… wake up and start focusing on this country,” someone else added.
But not everyone was equally critical.
‘I love these pictures. He’s in line. No ceremony here. Love Albo!’, one follower wrote.
Other politicians also joined in.
I’m sure it’s a good Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, but does it beat a Wallsend Bakery Bahn Mi??’, wrote Sonia Hornery MP, who represents Wallsend in the NSW Parliament.