Piers Morgan returns to Good Morning Britain for clash with Munroe Bergdorf and rant about gender-neutral clothing

TV host returned to GMB and immediately became embroiled in fresh controversy

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 04 September 2017 10:38
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Piers Morgan returns to Good Morning Britain for clash with Munroe Bergdorf

Piers Morgan returned to Good Morning Britain and triggered several eye-rolls from co-host Susanna Reid with a rant over gender-neutral children's clothes.

Scandalised by the news that John Lewis is removing gendered labels from its children's clothing, Morgan asked "why can't we let boys be boys and girls be girls".

"I have three sons and one little daughter," he said. "None of my sons have shown any interest in wearing dresses, and my daughter wears 20 dresses a day."

He claimed that John Lewis was trying to "turn the planet into a gender neutral planet and it should not be allowed to happen".

He then tried to shift the discussion to one about gender neutral bathrooms, asking: "Would you let young girls into loos with 15-year-old boys?"

Morgan also clashed with model Munroe Bergdorf, who was recently fired as a face of L'Oreal following comments she made on Facebook about racism and white privilege.

She was named the "face of modern diversity" after becoming the first trans model to appear in one of the company's campaigns.

However she was dropped over comments on Facebook that were written in response to the Charlottesville violence, and spoke of complicity by white people who fail to condone or act against racism.

"I want you to explain why we shouldn't be offended as white people that all white people are party to social violence," Morgan asked.

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Bergdorf responded: "Because socialism has placed all white people in a certain privilege that means if you are not dismantling racism or helping to dismantle racism then you are part of the problem, because that makes you complicit."

Morgan told her she had said that "white people are racist due to socialising in the same way that men are socialised to be sexist and heterosexual people are socialised to be homophobic".

"I am a white, straight male guy so I'm enemy number one - so I'm a racist, sexist homophobic by your logic," he said.

"You are sexist, yes, some of the things you say are sexist," Bergdorf responded.

Morgan, who was criticised by viewers for often speaking over the model, claimed he was offended to which she said: "This is why there is a problem, because you are taking it personally. Please let me speak - instead of taking it personally, please talk about how to be a part of the solution rather than the problem."

Morgan later said the pair "got off on the wrong foot".

L'Oreal has been under fire for its decision to drop Bergdorf over her comments.

Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, who appears in the same campaign as Bergdorf, was among those who expressed their support for the model.

"A trans woman of colour who @lorealmakeup hired to sell make up because of who she is. Who she is, a woman who wrote a nuanced post on institutional racism and white supremacy in relation to Charlottesville and how the foundations of those heinous ideals trickle into every facet of our society."

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