Tears for Piers?

Piers Morgan orders public cleared from his camera shots in front of Buckingham Palace. London UK 28/04/2011

Piers Morgan is very annoyed. Everything should be great – he is the popular host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain alongside Susanna Reid, his best pal Donald has somehow stumbled into the most influential job on Earth, and he is continuing to get air time despite a list of controversial actions and quotes longer than the US/Mexico border. But for some reason, people are criticising him. And not just random members of the public either. Celebrities, people who actually matter, are calling him out and boycotting his show. A petition which has been gaining ground trying to prevent him from hosting the Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards has forced him to step down from his post, much to his displeasure. This will not stand, he thinks. Those nasty liberals will not get away with this.

“He’s feuded with a number of celebrities over the years, most recently JK Rowling, but also Ewan McGregor and Madonna, as well as being told to ‘f*** off’ by Jim Jeffries on US TV”

What Piers Morgan refuses to realise is that there is a very good reason that many people object to his existence on this earth – he’s a horrible human being. A good friend and supporter of Donald Trump, Piers Morgan holds some very questionable right wing views, repeatedly taking to twitter and his column in the Daily Mail to air his inflammatory opinions, and was the editor of the Daily Mirror during the phone hacking scandal, which included journalists under his management hacking the phone of the family of a dead teenager. He’s feuded with a number of celebrities over the years, most recently JK Rowling, but also Ewan McGregor and Madonna, as well as being told to ‘f*** off’ by Jim Jeffries on US TV.

“Celebrities and members of the public who object to these views are also perfectly entitled to call him an idiot. Especially when he has been one”

This conflict mainly stems from his relationship with Donald Trump, whom he has described as a ‘good friend’ whom he speaks to ‘every three or four weeks’. He has repeatedly defended the President, criticising the mockery and hysteria around his election, and this is why he has come under fire in recent weeks from many sources, most publicly JK Rowling on Twitter. This has sparked an online feud which has continued for weeks, which is entertaining viewing to say the least.

So is it right to be calling out Piers Morgan for his views and his friendships, to be boycotting his show or describing him using all the insults under the sun? Obviously, this is a man entitled to his own opinions, and should be allowed to express them. However, in the same line, the celebrities and members of the public who object to these views are also perfectly entitled to call him an idiot. Especially when he has been one. Writing in his column in the Daily Mail, Piers Morgan has described millennials shocked by the election result as ‘whinging’ and a ‘faux tormented bunch of absolute cretins’, and yet in the same breath complains about those who try to remove his vile face from our TV screens due to his right wing rants and general odiousness. So yes, it is fair to be calling out Piers Morgan. Not necessarily because of politics, or ethics, but because it’s absolutely hilarious.

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