The 11-second video showed government MPs raising their hands in parliament. In the caption, Mr Morrison praised his colleagues as being “on fire today”.
But social media users widely expressed puzzlement over its accompanying song – Be Faithful, by US artist Fatman Scoop.
The song has several explicit lyrics.
The section posted on Mr Morrison’s social media accounts was not explicit: “You got a hundred dollar bill, get your hands up! You got a 50 dollar bill, put your hands up!”
But the post was ridiculed as “bizarre” by people online. Many pointed out that the song, released in 1999, had explicit language and sexual references.
This made me cringe so hard I turned inside out
— Daniel Zennon ?? (@dzennon) September 13, 2018
I’m now fascinated by what was going on in the Prime Minister’s office during the five hours it took them to produce this video.
Did someone pitch this? Were there meetings? We’re other songs considered? Why?
Mainly ‘why’? https://t.co/d5pWOmNXPf
— Tim Watts MP (@TimWattsMP) September 13, 2018
Some political observers said the post raised questions about whether Mr Morrison, who became prime minister three weeks ago, and his team were fully equipped for the top job.
But others dismissed such criticism as overblown, or saw a fun side.
This is harmless, daggy and fun. Twitter losing its mind over this shows that pollies can never win. #auspol
— Wade Shipard (@wadeshipard) September 13, 2018
Just walked past the Prime Minister of Australia's office quietly singing risqué 90s hip hop lyrics to myself.
— Fergus Hunter (@fergushunter) September 13, 2018
The tweet was deleted about four hours after it was posted, and Mr Morrison apologised.
The full lyrics of the song used in my earlier video from QT today were just not OK. When I found out, I asked the team to take it down. Apologies.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) September 13, 2018