Wednesday 17 January 2018

'This weirds me out' - Charlie Brooker responds to claims he knew about Cameron #piggate allegations when writing Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker
Charlie Brooker
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The (alleged) truth is stranger than fiction, according to Charlie Brooker.

TV writer Brooker has taken to Twitter to respond to claims that he knew about the David Cameron 'pig' allegations when he wrote an eerily similar episode of Channel 4 series Black Mirror.

An unauthorised biography titled Call Me Dave, written by the British Prime Minster's ex-Tory Peer Lord Ashcroft and ex-Sunday Times political editor Isabel Oakeshott, contains an allegation that Cameron 'put his private parts in a dead pig's mouth' as part of an initiation at Oxford University.

Twitter has been teeming with comments and questions on #piggate, many referencing Brooker's 2011 Black Mirror episode 'The National Anthem' in which the British Prime Minister Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear) is blackmailed into having sex with a pig live on national TV.

Brooker (44) was quick to respond.

"S***. Turns out Black Mirror is a documentary series" he wrote.

"Just been nosing through old Black Mirror files now, of course," he added, posting an image of the script.

As speculation rose over whether or not he knew about Lord Ashcroft's allegation back in 2011, Brooker clarified that he did not.

"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."

He added, "Bet this means he really is a lizard too" and added, "I hope White Bear doesn’t come true next."

Not content to leave it at that, he went on to say, "Perhaps the least prescient line from the script.  MICHAEL: Well I'm not f***ing a pig.  Page one, that's not happening."

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