Politics… you’re doing it RIGHT.
A Queensland mayor has become a big hit with his local electorate after smashing a shoey live onstage at the annual country & roots festival.
Ipswich City Council leader Andrew Antoniolli assumed the stage at this year’s CMC Rocks to announce a landmark deal to keep the popular event kicking for another four more years.
So turnt was the crowd’s response that they immediately began a chant of “Shoey! Shoey! Shoey!”
At first Councillor Antoniolli was hesitant, saying “I know where my shoes have been”, but the chanting only became louder and he was swiftly informed that non-compliance was not an option.
And, joining the ranks of the greats like Sir Patrick Stewart basically every band at UNIFY Gathering 2018, Mayor Antoniolli yanked off his boot, sourced a beer from the crowd, and popped a mean shoey.
“Thanks to some significant peer pressure I just did this…..” he posted on Facebook alongside a video of the daring feat.
And his constituents quickly took to the comments section to congratulate him on the effort.
“I don’t think a more accurate representation of Ippy will ever exist,” one punter remarked.
“You can actually see him not wasting a single drop most the Americans just pour most of it all over there face,” declared another.
While a third added: “Previous mayor would have just paid someone to do it for him.”
Elsewhere, the official FB page for the Ipswich Community Youth Centre chimed in, saying:, “Love your work Mr Mayor”.
During an interview with The Queensland Times, Mayor Antoniolli later confirmed that, despite wearing his boots all day, the footwear did not interfere with the flavour of the beer.
“It tasted fine,” he proclaimed. “All I tasted was beer, not my boot.”
“Truth be told it was a bit of an adrenaline moment. It was the excitement that was there. It was a really excited crowd,” he continued.
“Everyone who had been up on stage had to do one, I wasn’t going to be allowed to leave the stage before I did it. And it would have been a walk of shame if I had of walked off without doing the shoey.”
Yes it would have indeed.
Watch it all go down in the video below.