Morrissey has responded to recent claims that British Prime Minister David Cameron put a private part of his anatomy in the mouth of a dead pig while at university.
The allegations are part of a new book written by the Conservative donor, Lord Ashcroft. Ashcroft’s unofficial biography of Cameron is titled Call Me Dave and involves claims that an MP has seen photographic evidence of the PM putting a private part of his body into a dead pig’s head as part of a Piers Gaveston initiation ritual at Oxford University.
A Downing Street spokesperson has declined to comment on the speculation with a party source saying that the alleged incident was “utter nonsense”.
Posting on fan site True To You, Morrissey has issued a joint statement that he claims is also sent on behalf of animal rights group PETA.
The statement reads, “No, boys won’t be boys – not when it’s sexual perversion and also involves a vulnerable victim of slaughter, a feeling being who lost his or her life and then was used for a prank. Where have we seen other people in power misusing and sexually abusing corpses? This conduct is not excusable just because the perpetrator is prejudiced against and sneers at the other individual’s identity. A prime minister is supposed to protect the most vulnerable.”
“Most pigs in the UK already live lives filled with pain and fear, confined to severely crowded, filthy sheds and denied the opportunity to engage in any natural behaviour. They are routinely mutilated, usually without any anaesthetics, including castration and cutting off their tails and teeth. If the allegations made by Lord Ashcroft are true, that Mr Cameron performed a sexual act on a dead pig while at Oxford University, then it shows a callousness and complete lack of empathy entirely unbefitting a man in his position, and he should resign.”
A Smiths tribute band have also recorded a new version of ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, titled ‘Pig’s Mouth Strikes Again’, in the wake of the allegations.
The Iain Duncan Smiths, an Iain Duncan Smith-themed tribute band to The Smiths, have capitalised on the global news story with a new version of Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s 1986 single. Lyrics in the new version of the song include: “Sweetness, sweetness by now I guess you probably will have read/That I put my Percy in a pig’s head.”
Stream the track below.
Black Mirror writer Charlie Brooker has denied having prior knowledge of the allegations, which closely mirror an episode of his TV show in which a fictional prime minister is forced to have sex with a pig. The episode, titled ‘The National Anthem’, aired on Channel 4 in 2011.
In the episode, the PM (played by Rory Kinnear) must have sex with a pig in order to secure the safe release of a kidnapped Princess Susannah, Duchess of Beaumont (Lydia Wilson).
As Twitter users discussed the story online overnight, Brooker joined the conversation and clarified that he had never heard the allegations before. “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.”