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