#DonutDick is trending on Twitter after Liberal MP Tim Smith posted an oddly arranged image of donuts while criticising the Victorian premier.
Liberal Member for Kew Tim Smith is being roasted on Twitter after posting an image of donuts that some say looks rather... phallic.
#DonutDick began trending on social media after the Liberal MP posted a tweet of four cinnamon donuts in a strange arrangement on Tuesday, following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.
The image was meant to signify the number 800 - the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Victoria.
The tweet was posted in the wake of trending donuts the day before. On Monday, Twitter users had been simultaneously celebrating ‘Donut Day’ and the state reaching zero cases and zero deaths after more than 12 weeks of hard lockdown.
Chiming in on the celebrations, Premier Daniel Andrews tweeted an image of himself with a donut before adding another tweet picturing a glass of hard liquor.
“Said I'd go a little higher up the shelf. Here's to you, Victoria,” the premier tweeted.
The Premier’s tweet was a reference to comments he made in the press conference on Monday when asked by a reporter if he’d be “getting on the beers” after the easing of restrictions.
“I don’t know that I’ll be drinking a beer tonight,” Mr Andrews replied.
“I might go a little higher up the shelf.”
Mr Smith responded that rather than “gloating”, the premier should “take responsibility for 800 Victorians who died in a second wave” brought on by the failures of hotel quarantine.
“800. That’s the number Daniel Andrews should be reflecting on,” Mr Smith tweeted.
“The last four months has been a tragedy for so many families,” he added.
But the tweet, aimed at serious criticism, backfired, with many claiming the way the donuts were arranged made them look like the shape of a penis.
“Well, this is a whole new type of Democracy Sausage,” one person joked.
“Unsolicited #DonutDick pic,” wrote another.
“DOnut ever change Australia,” added a third person.
Tim Smith has been an outspoken critic of the Victorian Government’s handling of the pandemic, and the hotel quarantine arrangements that triggered Melbourne’s second wave.
Mr Smith told news.com.au that anyone suggesting his donuts looked like a penis were “sick.”
“800 Victorians have died, how can anyone even suggest this? It’s sick,” he said.
“This is a callous and deranged response to me for pointing out that 800 people died because of Daniel Andrews’ failures,” he added.
The incident comes as Victorians eagerly await the loosening of restrictions at midnight tonight.
From midnight, Victorians will be allowed to visit pubs, cafes and restaurants and visit one another at home.
Tuesday is the first time since the start of March that Victoria has recorded two days in a row with no new cases.
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