The #PigGate scandal, stemming from a startling claim that David Cameron put “a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s mouth at a student initiation ceremony at Oxford, has sparked an endless barrage of jokes and mockery online.
Quoting a “distinguished” Oxford contemporary, the Daily Mail reported that the then-future British Prime Minister, in his student days in Oxford, participated in an outrageous initiation ceremony that involved a dead pig’s body and at least one of Cameron’s “private” parts.
Shortly after being published online, the paper’s Monday front page triggered an avalanche of reactions, varying from cautious disgust to exuberant amusement.
For an obvious reason, the majority were jokes.
Jokes that might make one reconsider attitudes to vegetarians…
I’ve never been more pleased to be a vegetarian.
– Tim Farron (@timfarron) September 20, 2015
… or TV & movie classics.
Some of those who have lost sleep over the sudden revelation have tried to recall whether anything in the PM’s public actions could provide further hints on Cameron’s special relations with pigs.
There was no immediate reaction from Cameron’s office, but it was not hard to imagine what a typical press conference or Q&A session would entail.
Cameron: Anyone have any questions
*everyone raises hands*
Cameron: That aren’t about the pig?
*everyone lowers hands*
– Daily Mail Comments (@BestoftheMail) September 20, 2015
David Cameron is now a threat to our national security, our economic security, and your pig’s dignity.
– Stephen Bush (@stephenkb) September 20, 2015
I would give all the tea in Yorkshire to see the look on the Tory press officers face who just opened their Twitter feed #piggate
– Dominic Stevenson (@Fantastical_Dom) September 20, 2015