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Man behind 'Baddest MP' rap video hits back at critics who accused him of flashing white power symbol

Mr Kocwa has hit back at his online critics, claiming the hand signal is a reference to 'the circle game' popularised by US TV show Malcolm in the Middle. Source: Supplied/Carrick Ryan

Eddie Kocwa has told SBS News those who are attacking him online have made accusations which are ‘complete f**king horses**t.’

The director of a Brisbane car dealership which went viral this week thanks to a rap video featuring Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has hit back at suggestions he made a racist gesture in an unrelated photo on social media.

The image shows SCD America Vehicles Director Eddie Kocwa making a circular gesture with his hand while at a social function.

Critics of Mr Kocwa have taken to social media to suggest the symbol is reminiscent of 'white power' gestures.

Mr Kocwa has strongly denied the suggestion, assuring the hand signal has been taken out of context and is merely a reference to 'the circle game' which was popularised by US sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.

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Malcolm in the Middle explains 'the circle game'. Video credit: Satin City, Regency Television, Fox Television Studios, 20th Television.
Malcolm in the Middle explains 'the circle game'. Video credit: Satin City, Regency Television, Fox Television Studios, 20th Television.

“That’s complete f**king horses**t. That circle thing is…if you ask any Aussie dude, you do that, it’s a punch in the shoulder if someone sees that. If they look through that, if someone puts their finger through it you get a punch in the shoulder,” Mr Kocwa told SBS News.

“That photo was probably from like seven or five years ago at a soccer presentation night, we were all being idiots and trying to get each other.”

The social media controversy comes just days after SCD America Vehicles posted its promotional video online featuring the home affairs minister.

The clip, which has received mixed reviews, is set to US rapper DMX’s X Gon' Give It to Ya and brands Mr Dutton “The baddest MP.”

The video goes on to show the home affairs minister touring the dealership in a series of slow-motion shots which also feature meet and greet moments with workers.

SCD American Vehicles Director Eddie Kocwa welcomes Peter Dutton to the Brisbane dealership.
SCD American Vehicles Director Eddie Kocwa welcomes Peter Dutton to the Brisbane dealership.
Facebook/SCD American Vehicles

Mr Kocwa has told SBS News while he stands by the promotional video, the hand gesture controversy is now having a serious impact on his team.

“You should see the emails we’ve been getting from people saying we’re racist, vile scum. I can’t believe this,” he said.

“My mum is probably going to be calling me soon. It’s just complete nonsense. None of these people know me. I’m club captain at my soccer club, I donate so much time to people. Look at our workforce, we’ve got people (who are) Pakistani, African-American, New Zealand, Vietnam, we’ve got everyone.”

Mr Kocwa poses for a photo in a Make America Great Again cap made famous by US President Donald Trump.
Mr Kocwa poses for a photo in a Make America Great Again cap made famous by US President Donald Trump.
Supplied

The dealership director believes those who are sharing the image are taking advantage of the circumstances for political gain.

“That’s not who I am at all. That’s just a sign of the times. People are so noisy and if you put something out there that they don’t like they just attack you.”

Mr Kocwa’s social media has featured photos with current and former federal politicians including former Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, where the post's caption reads "#eddie4primeminister2030".

Mr Kocwa poses for a photo with former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Mr Kocwa poses for a photo with former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Instagram/eddie_kocwa

In another image, the self-titled "Future Australian PM" poses with Katter's Australian Party leader Bob Katter.

Mr Kocwa welcomes Katter's Australia Party leader Bob Katter to SCD American Vehicles dealership.
Mr Kocwa welcomes Katter's Australia Party leader Bob Katter to SCD American Vehicles dealership.
Instagram/eddie_kocwa

Mr Kocwa concedes he cannot fully understand the latest furore, but maintains his promotional video with the home affairs minister was designed to attract attention.

SCD American Vehicles hits back at those critical of its promotional video, calling some respondants "snowflakes."
SCD American Vehicles hits back at those critical of its promotional video, calling some respondants "snowflakes."
Facebook/SCD American Vehicles

“I don’t live with my head in the sand. If you do that no one sees it. Stuff only moves on social media if it is interesting."

SBS News has contacted the office of the home affairs minister for comment but has not received a reply at time of publication.

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