Piers Morgan condemned as ‘bigoted and transphobic’ by Stonewall
Stonewall has condemned Piers Morgan’s comments about non-binary people as “bigoted and transphobic”.
Today on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the co-host said that non-binary children are “a contagion” and that identifying as non-binary is “a massive new fad”.
Morgan also told Fox Fisher and Owl, a trans non-binary couple he was interviewing at the time, that their gender identities were “hypothetical”.
He added that “two or three” trans kids died from suicide last year, adding: “It’s incredibly small…Well that’s just a stat I read; I don’t know if it’s true or not.”
In 2014, a study found that 48 percent of trans people under 26 in Britain had attempted suicide.
A Stonewall spokesperson said that Morgan’s comments were “deeply damaging and offensive.
“No-one has the right to deny another person’s gender identity, and to mock them for trying to live an authentic life is a form of bullying and completely unacceptable.”
Fox and Owl did well at holding Morgan to account during the interview, with Fox telling him: “Stop fearmongering,” and adding: “It’s not a fad, Piers.”
Owl also did themselves proud, saying to Morgan: “It’s not about being cool, it’s an inner sense of identity.”
Fox even managed to sneak in a burn while talking about their book Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?
“Read the book, it’s for (ages) three and up, so it should be good for you, Piers,” they said.
The host has been irrationally irate about gender-neutral issues ever since Emma Watson received the first gender-neutral MTV Movie and TV Award earlier this month.
Yesterday, the Good Morning Britain host said he “might wear a skirt to work tomorrow as part of my gender-neutral, non-binary identity,” and asked if he could identify as black.
Today, he asked Fox and Owl if he could identify as a black woman or an elephant.
“If I turned round right now and said I am a black woman…I made a joke yesterday, but I’m being partly serious.
“If I decided to identify myself as a different skin colour, would you respect that?”
They tried to explain that race and gender are different concepts, but Morgan failed to grasp what they were saying.
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Proof of that came when he later said: “My problem with everyone being able to identify as they choose is: where does that end?
“If kids can come in and say they’re not a boy or girl anymore, what else can they say they’re not?
“Is anything fine? Can I say I’m an elephant?
“I don’t think it’s silly,” he finished brusquely, like a toddler who’s been told they can’t drive the family car.
Watch the interview below: