ALASTAIR Campbell’s failure to understand a rapper’s lingo landed him in hot water last night (tue).
The former spin doctor to Tony Blair was live tweeting at the GQ Awards when he misunderstood a comment by rapper Stormzy.
Campbell tweeted that the rapper had described Prime Minister Theresa May “a pig”.
Unfortunately for Campbell, it turned out that Stormzy had used the word “paigon” – meaning untrustworthy.
The blunder happened after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn presented Stormzy with an award.
Campbell, who has since deleted the tweet, wrote: “@jeremycorbyn presenting solo artist award to Stormzy in front of Hugo Boss backdrop. Stormzy calls @Theresa_May pig.”
But Twitter users were quick to point out his mistake.
Taurai Mujeni said: “Can you retract and apologise for misquoting Stormzy please?”
Aegon Targaryen said: “That’s a lie. He said paigon not pig. Meaning untrustworthy. Words are important. Choose them wisely.”
Matthew Mulligan added: “He did not call her a pig Alastair he called her a paigon which is slang for a false friend. Video shows that clearly.”
Campbell today tweeted an apology: “Apols for tweeting last night Stormzy called May a pig. Seems it was ‘paigon’. Good to learn new words.”
During his speech Stormzy brazenly said: “I do want to use this to say Theresa May is a paigon, and you know what we’re doing right now. Yeah, trust me. Yeah it’s awkward when I say that, innit?”
Corbyn can be seen giggling in the background during the acceptance speech.