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Piers Morgan isn't exactly known for his tasteful questions, and he's once again demonstrating that.
This time, he asks Caitlyn Jenner about how her "physique" has changed since her youth.
As you can see in the video below, Caitlyn shut him down right away, explaining that his question isn't just inappropriate — for many trans women, it's dangerous.
Caitlyn Jenner has been dragged by many in the trans community for not, they believe, doing a good job of representing the community.
(Remember the trans woman who called Caitlyn Jenner a fraud? That woman is now running for office)
But … it looks like things might be getting a little better.
See, Piers Morgan — through innuendo — asks prying questions about Caitlyn's body, now versus in her past.
And Cait shuts him down pretty epically, even talking about how ignorant questions like Piers' can make life itself dangerous for trans women.
So, Piers Morgan holds up an old plastic action figure of Caitlyn Jenner from her Olympian days, long before her transition.
(Total side note, but have you ever seen the episode of Murder, She Wrote that Cait was on? Seeing her deadname on the credits a couple of years ago, back when the series was on Netflix, was such a surprise for me)
Piers made the unfortunate choice to gesture to the action figure, and talk about her "physique," asking how it differs now versus then, saying:
"Obviously, certain areas we know."
Yikes. Cait doesn't let that go by unchallenged, saying:
"See you made a comment there and that's why you would get in trouble."
"You just said, 'Oh certain areas.' That, to a trans person, is disrespectful."
For the record, asking anybody about their private parts in an interview is usually disrespectful unless that person has already indicated that they're fine talking about it.
Cait explains: "Because you don't make a joke about that."
"Because it's not funny, it's life."
She goes on to say:
"And it’s a part of my life and it's a very serious part of my life."
Piers inquires why life can't be a joke, or whatever. We guess that maybe he thought that he'd get away with his creepy questions?
Caitlyn is not amused, saying: "I don't take it and I take that very seriously."
She even ties the issue to other trans folks.
"And so, out of respect to myself and the community, it's not something that you joke about."
Cait talks more about how this impacts trans women, and not just herself:
"It's something, as I said before, this is serious stuff. People die over this issue. It's not a joke."
It's worth noting that Piers Morgan is hardly the first person to ask wildly inappropriate questions of a trans woman he's interviewing.
But it's 2018. This should not still be happening.
Back in 2014, Katie Couric interviewed Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera, And during that interview, Couric asked some very inappropriate genital questions without realizing that she was doing anything wrong.
Janet Mock did a famous takedown of that behavior — if you're not going to ask a cis celebrity about their genitals, then don't ask a trans celebrity about theirs.
Katie Couric, for the record, apologized and later did a series about trans folks, and stated explicitly that part of what inspired her to do the series was her past mistakes.
Caitlyn Jenner is right — transphobic questions can be life-for-death for trans folks who aren't millionaire celebrities.
For the record, though, what Piers was saying would be rude and creepy to anyone.
Would he, while interviewing Martha Stewart, ask questions about her breasts or genitals? Would he ask any 68-year-old woman about her "physique" in contrast to when she was a young athlete? We hope not.
Anyway, while nobody's private areas are any business of ours, this is additionally true for trans people. It might become appropriate to ask if you're dating a trans woman, but that's about it.
Piers Morgan has chosen the wrong woman to go after.
And definitely the wrong time during which to do it.
To open today’s broadcast of Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan set his sights on Emily Ratajkowski and the model’s latest risque photo shoot.
It was for Love Magazine and it featured Ratajkowski wearing more strands of spaghetti than layers of clothing.
And Morgan simply was NOT having it!
“I don’t know quite what she is. She’s a global bimbo,” Morgan said bluntly on air, adding:
“She’s posted something on Instagram about how what we are watching now is unbelievably empowering to feminists…
“For goodness sake – get some clothes on and get yourself a proper job.
On Twitter, meanwhile, Morgan shared a collage of images from the pictorial in question and wrote:
“This is Emily Ratajkowski ‘promoting feminism’. Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst just vomited.”
For the record, Ratajkowski never said a word about this particular shoot “promoting feminism,” as Morgan asserts.
But she has wondered in the past why there’s a double standard applied to beautiful women… versus men or more average looking women.
“When Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flak, but it’s also considered brave,” Ratajkowski previously told Harper’s Bazaar.
“When Justin Bieber takes his shirt off, he’s a grown-up. But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something.”
Ratajkowski seems to be missing the general critique about her: that she is only known for posing nearly naked, while the other stars she cites above rely on their talent to earn fortune and fame.
Yet Ratajkowski does not miss the mark in any way, shape or form in responding to Morgan’s harsh criticism.
She totally owns the smarmy anchor.
“Lol never said my love video was a feminist statement,” Ratajkowski Tweeted in response, elaborating perfectly as follows:
“But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies & sexuality is actually just classic sexism.
“I can have opinions about feminism & also do sexy photo shoots k thanks.”
Pretty great point, isn’t it?
What is more sexist, flaunting a body one is proud of… or insulting a woman for doing so?
Citing the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and really the entire #MeToo movement in general, Ratajkowski added via Twitter:
I’m tired of having to consider how I might be perceived by men if I wear the short skirt or post a sexy Instagram. I want to do what I want to do.
Feminism isn’t about adjusting, it’s about freedom and choice
Previously, addresses critics of her scantily-clad photos by saying:
“To me, female sexuality and sexiness, no matter how conditioned it may be by a patriarchal ideal, can be incredibly empowering for a woman if she feels it is empowering to her.
“The way I dress, act, flirt, dance, have sex – those are my decisions and they shouldn’t be impacted by men. Being sexy is fun and I like it.
“I should never have to apologize for that.”
Your move, Piers Morgan.
Go ahead and try to think of a comeback.
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So, you remember how Amber Rose flashed her bush to the world via Instagram?
Well now Piers Morgan is trying to feud with her because he
craves negative attention doesn’t think that she’s a real feminist.
Though Instagram quickly deleted the image, everyone had of course already seen it.
Which was exactly what she wanted — because Amber’s nudity wasn’t without purpose.
In addition to just raising awareness for her SlutWalk, she had a specific and powerfully feminist message in mind:
“Amber Rose challenge anyone? Lol post your version of my picture and hashtag #amberroseslutwalk on behalf of feminism, body positivity and not conforming to society norms of how we should live, what we should wear and where we should shave.”
Piers Morgan wasn’t feeling it, and decided to express that in a super condescending way:
“Put it away, luv. Thanks.”
After Amber called him out for being an obvious misogynist, he seemed to get even angrier.
“It’s not ‘misogyny’ to think that posting nude photos in the supposed name of feminist empowerment is pathetic attention-seeking bulls**t.”
So, nothing that we haven’t heard from him before.
When Amber questioned if he was simply off-put by her pubic hair, he clarified.
“I can handle your naked body, Amber — relax. I just can’t handle your ridiculous claim to be stripping off in the name of feminism.”
We don’t know how long it will take for him and others like him to get it through their thick skulls that a major component of feminism is doing what you want with your own body.
If you’re an adult and you want to wear a bikini or share your nudes or go topless on the beach or do anything else with your flesh prison that doesn’t hurt anybody, nobody else has ownership over you.
And that also means that you can wear a hijab or a burka if you’re so inclined.
It means that you can have sex with a thousand partners or with zero. Your body belongs to you.
Poor Piers doesn’t seem to get it, because he continued to defend his position.
“I just find this new trend of famous women posting nude photos & pretending it’s to ‘promote feminism’ utterly laughable.”
Well, Amber Rose was promoting SlutWalk, a transnational feminist movement to end rape culture — including slut-shaming.
And her photo was literally promoting it. There’s no ambiguity there.
Finally, Piers Morgan says something that’s actually true.
“‘The only way for a woman to succeed in life is to post nude photos of themselves to millions of strangers’ — said no true feminist ever.”
That is accurate, in that no true feminist would say something so ridiculous.
Because, again, there are countless ways for women to succeed in life, and only a few of them involve sharing their nudes with the public.
We’ll never understand Piers Morgan’s pathological obsession with controlling what women do with their bodies, but, like most people, we’ll just try our best to ignore it.
Piers Morgan seems to make a habit of feuding with famous feminist women, even daring to malign Beyonce.
Though he at least had the decency to eventually apologize to Ariana Grande.
We all know why he takes aim at the likes of JK Rowling and Kim Kardashian, and it’s more than just misogyny (though clearly also that).
He just wants attention.
We don’t just say that because he’s a nasty, justifiably reviled fellow who craves attention and apparently doesn’t care if it’s negative.
He also just wants ratings, like everyone else on television.
Feuds bring attention.
Unfortunately, even within feminism — like, actual feminists, not Piers Morgan — there are those who are opposed to sex-positive feminism like Amber’s.
Why? It depends.
Some see sex-positivity among women as being more about them being appealing to men and still abiding by patriarchal beauty standards.
They forget that all sorts of women can be sex-positive, including lesbians, whose sex-positivity definitely isn’t to benefit men.
They also forget that those same patriarchal values often shame people for engaging in sex outside of certain contexts — usually marriage — so yes, having sex can absolutely be a feminist statement.
There are feminists who disagree with sex-positivity because they believe that it’s harmful to people who choose to be reserved about sex and also to asexuals.
These feminists have a point, because sex-positivity is worthless if you don’t consider all choices that women might make for themselves about sex.
Similarly, it would be hypocritical for someone to “yasss” over a topless selfie but then rail against a woman who chooses to wear a niqab.
The “my body, my choice” thing goes in every direction, every time. There are a few feminists who forget this.
But Amber Rose doesn’t — her advocacy may have a lot to do with nudity and sex, but it’s clear that her feminism includes everybody.
Admittedly, we were a little uncomfortable with her “bring back the bush” caption that she shared at one point while discussing her photo.
But we don’t really think that Amber Rose is pushing women to make the same choice that she does with what does or does not decorate their genitals.
She’s just pushing for a little more acceptance, because she knows that pubic hair is less fashionable these days and she wants young women to know that it’s okay to not shave or wax if you don’t want to.
Regardless of your personal tastes, you know that it’s an important message.
Like any political statement, Amber’s post was divisive on a number of levels, even if we ignore Piers Morgan’s willful ignorance.
Not everybody’s going to see eye-to-eye on everything.
One area where we can probably all agree: we haven’t seen the last of Amber Rose and her super hot photos.
Piers Morgan is one of those celebrities who loves to have his name in the news.
Unsurprisingly, that means he’s generally trashing people.
Just days ago, the TV personality was all over Ariana Grande for making her way back to Florida in the wake of the terrorist attack at her Manchester concert which left 22 dead and around 59 injured.
Everyone deals with grief in their own way, and Ariana opted to make her way back to her mother’s house to stay out of the public eye and be surrounded by her loved ones.
Like the star tweeted after the attack, she was “broken.”
This did not go down well with Piers who hit up Twitter to say, “If the Queen can visit the victims in hospital, so can the star they paid to see.”
It’s easy for Piers to say that because it was not his show that many people lost their lives at, so it was a bit rich coming from him.
Ariana did go to the hospital upon her return to the U.K., but Piers seemed to think she was not entitled to a few days to grieve the loss of her fans before making her way back.
Will Piers ever find himself in a similar situation to Ariana? Probably not.
“I expected her to stay, visit & comfort her wounded fans & relatives of those who died,” he later added. Piers has a knack for jumping on viral stories to get some attention.
It’s pretty pathetic.
Ariana is a brave young woman who hit up the stage in Manchester just last night with a benefit concert to raise money for the families of the victims of the terrible atrocity that went on at the close of her show.
It was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Little Mix and Katy Perry in attendance at the event.
It was a poignant tribute show, one that was broadcast in as many as fifty countries around the world. Feeling apologetic, Piers took to Twitter last night to apologize to the singing sensation.
“I misjudged you, @ArianaGrande & I apologize,” he begins,” You’re an admirable young woman & this is a magnificent night. Respect.”
It’s a complete 180 from what he was saying just days ago, and the most important thing is that he apologized. It cannot have been easy for Ariana and her team to bring the concert together in just days, but they succeeded.
Piers should stick to chatting with celebrities as opposed to trashing them on Twitter.
What do you think about all of this?
Hit the comments.
Kim Kardashian and Piers Morgan may not appear to have a whole lot in common, but interestingly, both of their wildly successful media careers are related their posteriors.
Kim’s butt is the most famous on the planet, of course, and her figure has helped to make her one of the most famous women on the planet.
Similarly, Piers frequently talks out of his ass, and has cemented his place as one of the ugliest polyps on the diseased colon that is Trump’s America.
Yesterday, Piers and Kim’s rear careers collided in unexpected fashion, and we were reminded that while Kim has a giant ass, Piers just is one.
Morgan thinks of himself as a political commentator but when his nose isn’t buried two inches deep in Donald Trump’s anus (Hey, more butt stuff!), he finds time for other important work, such as informing the world what a pasty, Weeble-shaped 52-year-old thinks of famous women’s bodies.
Earlier this week, candid photos of Kim in a bikini made the rounds online, due mainly to the fact that the 36-year-old mother of two appeared to have a bit of cellulite.
The public body-shaming that ensued prompted Piers to emerge, Gollum-like, from his underground lair, and join in the fun, despite the fact that Morgan himself is biologically indistinguishable from a naked mole rat.
When a female co-host of Morgan’s encouraged women to celebrate their cellulite, Piers nearly spat out his mouthful of grubs and millipedes, countering:
“Celebrate is the wrong word. Why would we celebrate it? We put up with it, tolerate it, but not accept it.”
The trash talk continued on Twitter, where Piers Morgan – who, it’s important to point out, looks like what would happen if Steve Bannon really let himself go – continued to insist that cellulite is somehow grosser than Piers Morgan:
“Nobody ‘celebrates’ cellulite, male or female,” Morgan tweeted.
“Why would anyone be excited by cellulite?” he continued.
He then turned his attention to Marie Claire, a magazine that dared to encourage Kim and other women to take pride in their bodies, cellulite and all:
“So @marieclaire wants me to ‘stop talking’ about women’s bodies … you make millions out of talking about women’s bodies – so pipe down, you ludicrous wastrels,” Piers quipped.
Sigh. This situation is a lot like the part of your chin that’s supposed to delineate where your face ends and your neck begins:
Piers is simply missing the point.
The problem isn’t that other media figures and outlets talk about women’s bodies, it’s that they generally don’t so in a fashion that doesn’t bring to mind a creepy uncle sizing up his niece’s “problem areas” at the pool.
Piers will probably comment more on this issue at some point today, but he may need some time.
The wi-fi isn’t great in the depths of Donald Trump’s lower intestines.
You can expect Piers to re-emerge shortly after the president’s next trip to Mickey D’s.
We’re very sorry to report that Piers Morgan is dead.
Not really, of course.
The British television personality is still breathing.
But he’s just been eviscerated to such an extent by J.K. Rowling that we might as well hold a funeral for the public persona of Piers Morgan.
He has proved himself to be utterly useless.
It all started last Friday when Morgan was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday and went to extremes in his passionate defense of Donald Trump and the President’s controversial immigration ban.
Fellow guest Jim Jeffries simply couldn’t handle it any longer, blowing up at Morgan with two simple words:
Actually, he said a bit more at the time.
“You say ‘He hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that, he’s not going to do all these things,'” the comedian continued, addressing Morgan while imitating him. “Give him a f-cking chance, mate.”
Because, as Jeffries added, “Hitler didn’t kill the Jews on the first day – he worked up to it.”
Watch the fiery and awkward (and awesome!) exchange below:
Rowling was one of the many celebrities who applauded Jeffries and slammed Morgan, leading to an epic feud between the British stars.
After Rowling Tweeted that it was “satisfying” to watch Morgan get cursed off on Real Time, Morgan replied as follows:
“This is why I’ve never read a single word of Harry Potter.”
To which Rowling perfectly fired back:
“Because you had a premonition that one day the author would roar with laughter at seeing you called out for your bullshit on live TV?”
Much to the pleasure of everyone who wanted to see Morgan get his pompous rear end handed to him, the feud went back and forth from there:
“.@piersmorgan If only you’d read Harry Potter, you’d know the downside of sucking up to the biggest bully in school is getting burned alive,” wrote Rowling at one point.
“No bigger bullies right now than the shrieking, hysterical anti-Trump celebrity brigade. You lost, so suck it up Dolores,” replied Morgan.
It was all very entertaining – and we got distracted from it for a few moments after Morgan went after Beyonce – but now it’s become tragic.
We almost feel bad for Morgan, considering the exchange that went down this morning on social media.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Rowling shared a screenshot of a passage someone wrote about her.
The passage praised the author as someone who “definitely matters” because she encourages “children to read, feel inspired and be creative” and therefore has had a “great impact” on the world at large.
“Just been sent this! Could the writer let me know who he is? I’d love to thank him!” Rowling wrote as a caption.
And then Piers Morgan… that silly, ignorant, oblivious, idiotic Piers Morgan… went ahead and took the bait.
“Priceless #humblebrag BS. Nobody plays the celebrity game more abusively or ruthlessly than you, Ms ‘Intensely Private Billionaire’,” wrote Morgan in response.
But here’s the thing:
MORGAN WROTE THAT! HE’S THE WRITER ROWLING WAS CITING!
Back in 2010, Morgan gushed over Rowling, listing her as the 97th most important British celebrity – but acknowledging in the above passage that she would be higher if played the “celebrity game.”
As you might expect, Twitter users could scarcely contain their glee over this subTweet and Morgan’s perfect reply to it:
Three hours his self-inflicted burn went live, Morgan claimed that he was well aware that he wrote those words about Rowling six-plus years ago.
“Relax, quarter-wit, I knew what it was. Just surprised I put her as high as 97th,” he wrote to a critic.
Yeah. We aren’t buying that. Not for a nanosecond.
If anyone would ever tailor made for House Slytherian, it would be Piers Morgan.
Piers Morgan is one of the great jackasses in the history of civilization, and the world has collectively regretted granting him a modicum of fame for at least the past five years.
But even by the standards of an angry potato whose best known for lip-locking with Donald Trump’s anus like it’s Ryan Gosling in that rain scene from the notebook, Piers had a truly horrendous weekend in terms of PR.
First, the UK’s answer to Alex Jones got roasted to a crisp when he foolishly attempted to sit at the big kids’ table on Bill Maher, and comedian Jim Jefferies told him to “f-ck off” to the delight of every single person on Earth.
Then, Piers made the mistake that he’ll likely play over and over in his mind later tonight as he’s being waterboarded ata CIA black site that’s been commandeered by the most radical fringe group the western world has ever known.
We’re talking of course … about the Beyhive.
As you may have heard, Beyonce performed at the Grammys last night, and the cries of “slay, queen!” could be heard across the land.
The Hive tends to go too far in their praise for the Queen Bey, and last night’s sparkly fertility ceremony was no exception.
“Didn’t really ‘feel’ that Beyonce performance. Seemed heavier on the narcissism than the music,” Morgan tweeted.
Because he requires hate from Internet strangers to live the same way humans need oxygen, he went on:
“Awful acceptance speech too. Looked bored as hell reading it. Come on Beyonce, you’re better than this.”
Twitter lemmings now exploding with fury that I expressed an opinion about Beyonce’s performance they all secretly agree with.”
The thing is, Piers isn’t completely wrong here, which is unusual for Piers.
The Beyhive is aptly named, as Mrs. Carter’s super-fans have a way of blindly swarming anyone who dares to suggest that Bey is anything less than an actual goddess walking among mere mortals.
The singer’s performance last night was experimental and avant garde, and it’s perfectly acceptable to say it didn’t float your particular boat.
(Or at least it should be …)
But Morgan’s career stopped being about expressing opinions long ago.
Ever since he donned the red cap of the deplorable, Piers has been all about grabbing headlines through blatant trolling, and somehow, social media hasn’t caught on yet.
It’s not easy, because the man will come to your house and scream in your face if it comes to that, but it’s important to remember that Piers doesn’t have the nuke codes.
We can safely ignore him, and there’s a limit to how much damage he can do.
His tiny-fisted sugar daddy, on the other hand …