Piers Morgan calls Daniel Craig an 'Emasculated Bond' for using a baby carrier

People have reacted by calling Morgan an “insecure manbaby"

Sarah Young
Tuesday 16 October 2018 12:15 BST
Piers Morgan says men look 'ridiculous' wearing a papoose

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan is well known for his divisive and controversial comments. His latest? Mocking one of Britain's favourite action heroes, James Bond.

Morgan, 53, took to Twitter to criticise Daniel Craig for carrying his child across his body using a papoose – a sling or carrier people use to keep their baby close, while also having their hands free for other activities. – as he walked the streets of New York with his daughter.

The actor and his wife, Rachel Weisz, welcomed their little girl, Ella, last month.

Alongside a photo of Craig, Morgan wrote: “Oh 007 … not you as well?!!!” before declaring him an #emasulatedBond.

After some initial backlash, Morgan attempted to explain his tweet by claiming that Bond would never use baby carrier.

“Imagine believing carrying your own baby in public is emasculating,” Morgan wrote.

“He’s not carrying it, that’s my point. He’s using an emasculating papoose. James Bond would never use a papoose to carry his babies.”

He later tweeted, “Carrying a baby is harder work, but worth it for the unashamedly masculine joy of NOT Wearing a papoose.”

The controversial presenter was widely criticised for the dad-shaming stunt with some users, including Captain America actor Chris Evans, calling him out for his skewed image of manhood.

“You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child,” Evans tweeted.

“Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.”

Morgan later responded with: “Captain America wouldn’t wear a papoose.”

In addition to Evans, many social media users stood up to Morgan. While some reacted by calling him names like “insecure manbaby”, others explained the benefits of using a baby carrier.

“There is nothing more masculine than a father taking an active role in nurturing and looking after his child,” one person wrote.

Another added: “Proud to wear my kid all day every day. If you’re not secure enough in your masculinity to wear your kid, well... there’s something wrong with your idea of what it is to be a man.”

A third person wrote: “Emasculated? I don’t think I’ll ever feel more of a man than when I’m looking after my children.”

A number of disgruntled fathers even responded with photos of themselves proudly carrying their own children in a pappose.

“I also cook, clean, do laundry, tuck the kids in, wash them, read to them, do homework with them, hold them when they are sad and laugh with them when they joke,” one father tweeted.

“I’m not as much of a looker as Daniel Craig, but I’m happy i’m in good company.”

Another wrote: “I loved wearing my baby. Fancy a dad enjoying being close to his child!”

Despite the backlash, Morgan stood by his stance, insisting that a baby carrier is a "ridiculous instrument of emasculation". His only conclusion was that there must be a change in James Bond casting.

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“One thing’s clear after tonight’s ferocious Papoose-gate debate: we need a new James Bond,” he wrote.

“A 007 who looks sharp in a tux and wouldn’t be seen dead in a papoose."

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