Twitter — and really, all of Britain — exploded late Sunday night amid allegations that Prime Minister David Cameron had engaged in some type of sexual act with a pig when he was a student at Oxford University.
The allegations, which come in a biography of Cameron written by Lord Ashcroft and journalist Isabel Oakeshott, allege that the sexual… um…. situation… was some type of ritual performed by students in a dining club at the university.
According to the book, Cameron apparently defiled a dead pig's head while it was sitting on the lap of another member of the Piers Gaveston Society, a club at the renowned institution. WHAT?!
Ashcroft himself was pretty sold on the story, saying:
"Perhaps it is a case of mistaken identity. Yet it is an elaborate story for an otherwise credible figure to invent. Furthermore, there are a number of accounts of pigs' heads at debauched parties in Cameron's day."
Now this is gross enough, of course, but a (brief) backstory on Ashcroft and Cameron might shed some light on what is going on and why this has come out now.
Ashcroft revealed a heated rivalry with Cameron that started after the prime minister over looked Ashcroft for a Cabinet position, after the Lord donated more than £8 million to the Conservative Party.
In other words, right or wrong, Ashcroft may feel slighted enough to spin a tall tale of pig sex — or shed light on a true story in order to exact revenge on Cameron.
It really doesn't matter either way, though, because the story is out, everybody is talking, and the Prime Minister's spokeswoman had this to say about the allegations:
"I'm not going to dignify this book by offering a comment. The author has set out his reasons for writing this book. The Prime Minister is focused on getting on with the job of running the country."
This story gets even crazier when you consider this alleged act parallels a 4-year-old episode of the British sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror, in which the Prime Minister is forced to have sex with a pig live on TV as ransom to rescue a princess!
Talk about art imitating life life imitating art!!
Charlie Brooker, the writer of that episode, jumped out in front of any questions, tweeting:
Just to clear it up: nope, I’d never heard anything about Cameron and a pig when coming up with that story. So this weirds me out.
— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) September 20, 2015