U.K. Politician Apologizes For On-Air Expletive
July 31, 2009 at 4:54 AM (PT)
U.K. CONSERVATIVE PARTY leader DAVID CAMERON has issued an apology for a joke he told about TWITTER on Rock ABSOLUTE RADIO/LONDON that included a profanity.
CAMERON appeared on CHRISTIAN O'CONNELL's show and was asked by the host about TWITTER, and he responded, "The trouble with TWITTER, the instantness of it –- too many twits might make a (expletive)." The word in question, a coarse term for a body part, is technically not a violation of OFCOM guidelines, but is generally considered an obscenity. He also later said that people are "pissed off -- sorry, I can't say that in the morning -- angry with politicians."
In a podcast of the incident released by the station, O'CONNELL said that CAMERON's press secretary GABBY BERTIN "leapt out of her skin after the first part of the interview. He said, 'That seemed to go OK’. She said, 'Yeah, apart from the language.' He said 'Oh, yeah, pissed, sorry about that, I’m really sorry.' But he said people are pissed off with politicians, which they are. I think that is choice language well used personally, from my point of view. She said, 'No, it was the (expletive).' He said, 'That’s not a swear word.' I think he must be posh, where a lot of them don’t think twat is a swear word. His press secretary went, 'It is.'"