Piers Morgan causes outrage after announcing “I now identify as black”
Viewers have lashed out at Piers Morgan after he joked “I now identify as a black non-binary” on Good Morning Britain.
Journalist Harriet Minter and Professor Eric Anderson appeared on The ITV breakfast show this morning (Tuesday, May 16) to discuss the topic of monogamy.
Host Piers soon steered the conversation in the direction of gender neutrality and race identity issues, to which Anderson stated everybody should have the cultural freedom to define their own selves.
However, the presenter was not satisfied with this line of argument and hit back: “So a white man can identify as a black man? Are you serious? Okay, I now identify as a black non-binary. I’m allowed to do it.”
Piers continued: “You don’t have the option to choose between being black or white. You’re either one or the other. Where does this end?”
The presenter later sent out a tweet saying: “I am now identifying as a black non-binary 4ft astronaut.”
I am now identifying as a black non-binary 4ft astronaut. @GMB
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 16, 2017
Twitter users were not impressed and criticised the celebrity for trivialising a serious issue:
"I am now identifying myself as a black, non binary man." Stop using race and those who identify with neither gender as a joke. @piersmorgan
— stacey (@thereignsera) May 16, 2017
— Lyn from Forest Gate (@lyn_forestgate1) May 16, 2017
And viewers of the show were further outraged when Piers admitted he was “freaked out” by gender neutrality becoming more prominent in a school his friend’s daughter attends.
“It’s an all girls’ school in this country and in one year, there are now eight non-binary students who do not identify as girl,” he said. “I think that’s dangerous. It’s creeping and it’s creeping fast. I don’t think that’s right.”
Twitter users bashed Piers for his remarks, labelling him “disrespectful” and accusing him of adding to transphobic attitudes.
— Mindy Gibbins-Klein (@MindyGK) May 16, 2017
— Stephanie McAlea (@StephMcalea) May 16, 2017
— Kate Hutchinson (@katieloukhaos) May 16, 2017