An MP quoted Big Shaq's viral song 'Man's Not Hot' in a House of Commons debate


A viral song that started out as a joke and ended up at number six in the charts has reached the House of Commons, with an MP who clearly has her finger on the pop culture pulse referencing it during a budget debate.

Labour MP Fiona Onasanya quoted Big Shaq’s ‘Man’s Not Hot’ as she debated Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget statement earlier this week – although her fellow politicians didn’t seem to notice.

Fiona Onasanya quoted the song in the House of Commons. Copyright: [BBC]
Fiona Onasanya quoted the song in the House of Commons. Copyright: [BBC]

Slamming the lack of support for the education system in this year’s budget, Fiona said: “There was no extra money in the Budget for the education system.

“This is not as simple as saying: ‘2 plus 2 is 4, minus 3 is 1 – quick maths.’

“These announcements mean real-terms cuts and the potential continuation of the recruitment and retention crisis in our education system.”

Man’s Not Hot has taken the world by storm. Copyright: [YouTube]
Man’s Not Hot has taken the world by storm. Copyright: [YouTube]

The ‘2 plus 2 is 4, minus 3 is 1 – quick maths’ line didn’t even get a chuckle of acknowledgment from the other MPs in the House of Commons, however, Fiona was praised online for the Big Shaq reference.

One person tweeted: “You know things are serious when FionaOnasanyaMP quotes lyrics from #MansNotHot in the #Budget2017 debate”.

The 33-year-old Peterborough MP retweeted the message, adding: “Happy days, someone noticed! #Budget2017”.

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Big Shaq, real name Michael Dappah, also retweeted a video of Fiona’s reference, simply writing: “WOW”.

Dappah developed his Big Shaq alter ego in a YouTube mockumentary called ‘Somewhere In London’, the ‘Man’s Not Hot’ rap went viral after he performed it on Radio1Extra, with the star then releasing an official studio version due to its staggering popularity.

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