The Coalition has celebrated its return to government with a commemorative photograph recreating the cover of Ice-T’s 1988 album Power. In the new version, Joe Hockey takes the place of Ice-T and is flanked by a budgie-smuggling Tony Abbott and white-suited Julie Bishop.
“We agreed on Election Night we should do something special to remember the win,” said Foreign Minister Bishop. “Phillip Ruddock wanted us to get tattoos. Christopher Pyne was keen for us to have shiny rings. But then Joe came up with the idea of a group photo.”
Ms Bishop admitted she needed convincing that recreating a 1980s rap album cover was a good idea.
“Joe’s a huge Ice-T fan. One of the biggest. I think his enthusiasm – and maybe the champagne – won us over in the end. But Joe was right. We look like real gangsters in the photo. It’s freaking awesome.”
Unlike the original image – which controversially featured Ice-T’s girlfriend, Darlene Ortiz, in a low-cut swimsuit holding a gun – the new version espouses more traditional Coalition values.
“Tony insisted that it was important that a man should be the one holding the gun,” said Ms Bishop. “And he’s the Minister for Women so I have to respect what he says.”
The government hopes that its “Power” photograph will become an iconic image for young people everywhere, much like the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster.
To coincide with the 25th anniversary of Ice-T’s Power, the new photograph will be available as a free, limited edition poster in this weekend’s News Limited newspapers.
Get it while you can.